Like the concept of “They Be We?” Think you might like to start your own? Read below for instructions on how to start your own tribe.
From the first moment I thought of “TBW” I wanted it to be public. I wanted other people to join and take part in this creative outlet. When I sent out the emails asking people to join, the response I got was overwhelming. As the project went on I began receiving more emails from the women involved. A lot of the girls had never taken a self portrait and were unsure of how they would come out. But each of them figured out a way to express themselves with whatever skills they had. I was impressed by the quality of photographs coming back to me. “TBW” allows people to express themselves in ways they may have never thought of. Everyone is an artist. You just have to tap into it.
Basic Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting:
- Are you a self-starter?
- Do you have the stamina to keep track of 14 other people and keep deadlines?
- Do you have a basic knowledge of photo programs or a willingness to learn? (There are excellent tutorials online.)
- Do you have the time and are you willing to keep people updated with community blogs, etc.?
- Do you have a basic knowledge of BookSmart? (optional) [Note: Booksmart is extremely easy to use and comes in both mac and pc form: http://www.blurb.com]
What You Will Need:
- You and fourteen other people.
- Digital cameras. (No you do not need a professional camera. As long as the camera takes high resolution images 8 megapixels you will be fine.)
- A basic photo program. (Photoshop, Picasa, GIMP, etc.)
- A blog, MySpace, Facebook, etc. Just something that we can link to you with.
You can do this as a group or on your own. Each person should experiment with the camera and don’t be afraid to try something new. The cover shot of “TBW” was taken on an incredibly terrible evening where I was so overloaded with emotions I felt like I was drowning. I filled up the tub, lifted my arm up to take the shot, and dunked my head under water. Always go with your gut. Some photos will be better than others. And when it comes down to it, with digital images these days anything is possible.
It’s best to take a number of different photos and condense them down from there. I originally asked the women involved to send me 5 photos and edited them down to 3. When writing a statement use your own judgement with how long it should be. I kept mine to 150 words so I would have to worry about running out of space on the page. Keep it simple, keep it honest. This is your chance to let people know exactly what you’re thinking.
“TBW” is a community project. If you do not want to create a book there is no pressure to do so. Upload the pictures onto your “TBW” blog and spread the word. If you do chose to create a book, Blurb’s BookSmart is a fantastic program that is incredibly easy to use. They even have a step by step video tutorial that takes you through the entire process as well as a great help section.
All we ask when creating your blog and book is that you link back to us. For that, we will feature your book on our site as well as any updates.
Now what if you don’t want to start your own tribe but would like to participate? I will be putting out a call for entries and when the time comes you may submit. Till then keep taking self-portraits, you never know what gems will come while you wait.
If you have any questions regarding “TBW” please contact the following:
- Publishing your “TBW” with Knickerbockercircus: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- General questions: firstname.lastname@example.org