Once upon a time…
it was July, 26th in Paris.
The day was hot and I had to stay home waiting for a pack. Once again I was scrolling my tumblr dash and thinking that it would be nice to create a side tumblr just for selected photographs under a theme. I often like to challenge myself and others to be more creative, like I wrote in the last essay “Creativity. The Immediate Long Term” where I talk about levitating teenagers and flying apples.
I always liked to collect. I do collect small kit-boxes of things. Kits of Chinese brushes. Kits of inks. Kits of everything you can imagine. If you ask me what is to be a dream wall, I will tell you that I have 4 dream walls: one filled with kits, another filled with books that make me travel and wondering, another covered with art. And a forth one blank, empty, with nothing but air. In fact I would have 4 rooms so I could have 4 walls in each one filled with each dream.
If you didn’t see the magnificent movies directed by Peter Greenaway you should. And you will understand why I love them. You can start by watching some of his shorts he did when young age, already collecting stuff. And after watch “The Pillow Book” you can watch his trilogy “The Tulse Luper suitcases” that drove me nuts. A story of a collector.
As a side note, talking about collecting, this photograph of Arianna Palazzi collecting lights for the YCP November theme “Light’s ON”… collected 14.670 notes!
To collect is necessary to curate, to select, to follow a line of thoughts. To have in mind exactly what we want. If not, we end up with stuff that we don’t need or don’t fit there. With “garbage”. It’s necessary you to know exactly what you want. And sometimes is not that easy.
By the time I had few side tumblrs where I used to reblog all about the Beastiarium or few other themes. Just a place to throw pictures I see, nothing else, without any concept but the main theme.
But I needed more; I wanted to challenge great emerging and new photographers that I was seeing often on tumblr. I wanted to help them to get visibility putting them together with others. To create an online gallery with a regular monthly theme. To show and to share.
It was July, 26th and I was here in Paris. It was damn hot. I couldn’t sleep very well even if naked over the bed with windows opened. And once I have an unstoppable mind, I started imagining (to run away from the heat thoughts) being shot naked on bed sleeping. Me shooting myself as I always do the self portraits. How would I do that? Which angles I would choose? I never liked the obvious. And I found myself challenging me. So I thought that I should also challenge other photographers.
I came to the iMac, as I couldn’t bare the heat of the laptop over my legs, and I created the Y Create Photographs. Yours YCP.
YCP is exactly that. It’s not a tumblr to post or submit regular technical photography, is a place where you should feel challenged and submit your best creations under the theme of the month. Where, if you’re not a photographer, you can find great photographs, follow the credits linked and see more of the photographer you liked the most.
And it all started by sleeping naked: so Sleep Naked was the first monthly theme.
Immediately I heard that I would get only cheap erotica and porn… guess what: I didn’t get even one. I was amazed by the answer of the photographers who participated there. I just picked up some photographers I like with some photographs under the theme “sleep naked” to give the example… and everything else just flew in the wonderful YCP that you know now.
Aug 2012 – Sleep Naked
Sept 2012 – My Mind is Stalking Me
Oct 2012 – Tell Me a Story
Nov 2012 – Light’s ON
Dec 2012 – The Portrait
Jan 2013 – Through the Looking Glass (starting the month…)
Today, January, 8th, 2013, YCP reached 100.000 followers!
With dozens of photographers exhibited in almost 500 posts, all of them with tumblr ports, all of the photographs credited and linked to them. I never thought it would be easy but I never thought YCP, a personal project that I have as hobby could go this far. My aim was just collecting and sharing, curating a monthly heme to show. Help some talents to get noticed. Give some courage to the photographers to keep shooting.
ARTchipel saw it and told Tumblr team to take a look. Tumblr liked what they saw and spotlighted YCP. Meanwhile Lensblr came up with as an excellent networking of Tumblr photographers too. PixelUnion team gave another extra hand. And with the help of ARTchipel, Tumblr team, PixelUnion, Lensblr and all photographers and followers we built this YCP that you have now.
YCP has several submissions per day. Not always easy to select ones and refuse others. But we’re getting excellent participation and I’m glad that we can raise our standards even more and give the best. I always preferred quality over quantity. So YCP now only posts twice per day. Around 60 photos are selected per theme/month from hundreds of submissions.
And the criteria have been always quality+creativity+differentness. Something that can stand up by itself. Worth to be shared. That’s why here today I want to thank you for the wonderful answer you all have giving, by helping, following and specially by submitting your best. YCP is all about your best work.
Be creative. Raise up your standards. YCP wants more and even better from you.
Thank you to ALL.