Busy Busy Busy

Its been a little while since I updated you on our progress, but I felt today was a good day to do so. So whats new? The company and brand has been growing exponentially since my last post which is fantastic. In terms of sales and revenue, we are much the same and its a little slow… but slow is better than nothing and we are ticking over nicely. Our analytics indicate that more people visited the site and the instagram in the last month than ever before which is amazing and I cannot thank you guys enough, especially those of you who I talk to and those who share our content.

I recently had a meeting with Max from Freerange, while I was in London exhibiting work as part of the South West Graduate Photography Prize. (the exhibition was great) Max was fantastic and fully supports our mission of promoting photography in the South West, with the talk of The South West Collective bringing shows featuring South West based artists to London at the Old Truman Brewery in the future, which is an absolute MUST and something we must all work together for. Whether I fund it, or, we fund it as a collective of artists, this will happen in the future as it is important for the medium and for us.

What else have we been up too?

Last Saturday on the 17th of November, myself and 4 fantastic volunteers photographed and filmed Torquays very first TED talks event, named TED X TORQUAY. TED is a multimedia company with over 11 million followers on youtube and is known internationally across the world. This was a fantastic opportunity to all who was involved and provided the students with an incredible opportunity to help a globally renowned company bring something exciting to the long forgotten English Riviera. The students and myself, gained valuable experience working for a client and in return will receive fantastic references for the future. (TED is non profit) This was the South West Collective of photography first public role as a business and oh boy was it a good one.

If you read my last post, you will be aware we are trying to figure out how and where to have our first exhibition, which will hopefully take place early to mid 2019. I have been researching and exploring suitable venues and have a few in mind, however I will update you nearer the time when I myself have a clear ideas of whats happening, as for now, an exhibition is just a goal to reach, not quite a reality. This is all due to the financial situation, as running a company is costly, I have not paid myself a penny from the business yet, as I am letting it be self sufficient until it grows further and begins to speed up order wise.

As always I truly appreciate all the support from all of you, everybody I have met, spoke to and emailed, you guys are the best. Only together can we achieve things here in the South West, it will take all of us combined to change the attitudes and perception of the public and local councils. I believe we can force them to spend on arts and culture once again, but this will have to be a push from us all, photography needs a home in the South West and we will reach that goal one day.

INTERNSHIP ROLES WILL OPEN UP IN THE NEW YEAR!

-Sam

Update

Its been slow progress but things are finally moving. We have started selling products and spreading the message, however we still need your help.

Our first goal is The South West Collectives opening exhibition. This will more than likely held at Ocean Studios in Plymouth. Currently, we are aiming for this in the new year, however this all depends on finances and what photographers are available to show their work. The theme will be announced once we have confirmed the details and venue and costs.

Why do we need your help?

This industry works in bizarre ways. One lucky break or one photo can change your life and career forever, however for many of us that is not the case. I would love to give each and every one of you opportunities, but in order to do that we have to fund it. All I ask from you is that you share our posts on social media, buy our film and products when you need them, stop the money going to the fat cats but rather to the small guy who wants to help. Only by doing this can we begin to progress towards our long term goals.

Our featured artists have been phenomenal. The talent we have featured since the founding of the company has been sublime and I truly wish each and every one of them the best in their careers. The talent we have featured is exactly the reason that I founded this company, to share work on a platform where people can see it and interact with photography. Even people who do not normally interact with photography have got involved. This is exactly the type of stimulation the industry needs.

If you have work that you want to feature, or just want to have a chat, I would love to hear from you! Message us in the contact section!

We filmed our first ever product review, check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytBbTVNrUDo&t=11s

Stay Tuned,

-Sam