The power of collaboration
EDITOR'S NOTE: Filmmaker and photographer Matt Collamer has recently launched a video series celebrating art, creativity and collaboration. In today’s guest post, he shares the motivation behind this exciting new project.
Creativity from individuals can be a powerful thing, but when creative talents join forces, magic happens. Since taking my first step on the path of self-discovery and growth, I’ve been drawn to and inspired by others who are on the same journey. That’s why I decided to launch a video series celebrating collaboration.
Artists in Focus features local artists who are leveraging their craft to pursue a life built around freedom and creativity.
Episode 1 focused on Alex Iby, a Boston-based photographer with a passion for portraits and capturing the raw emotion of his subject. After only a year and a half of taking up photography, Alex has developed an impressive body of work. To share his love of photography, he started a group called Photo Walk Wednesdays, which meets every week at a different location in Boston to capture moments, objects and people. Personally, that community has lead to many friendships and opened doors to countless opportunities.
The second installment featured Nick Iby, who turned his drawing hobby into an online business. At first, creating artwork was a method to cope with negative feelings and emotions that he was experiencing after a breakup. He never thought it would manifest itself in the way it did. With recommendations from friends and family, Nick began creating a clothing line promoting his unique doodle designs.
These artists have become great friends of mine, and they’re exactly the type of people I want to spend my time with. Creative, introspective and dedicated. This series has been a fantastic way to promote their work and inspire myself and my audience in the process.
The primary goal of this series is to establish a creative community, where artists can come together to collaborate, learn and grow. Hopefully this movement can flourish in the Boston area and beyond.
One of the most powerful collaborations that I’ve taken part in was working with Rocio. Both of us were living in and teaching English in Korea. We became good friends, as we both shared a similar passion for creativity and entrepreneurship. I decided to go to Korea to have a cultural experience and also to pursue my dream of becoming a filmmaker. Rocio had the same motivation, except for her, it was writing. It was both refreshing and reassuring to know that someone else was along for the same crazy ride that this would turn out to be.
About a year ago, I created a short travel film, highlighting Rocio’s journey in Asia as she taught English and fearlessly went after her dream of becoming a writer. Shortly after this project, she interviewed me as part of her Spotlight Series. It was certainly exciting to work together and create content that we both believed in.
This was a great introduction into the world of collaboration. When I returned to Boston, I was itching to create a platform that would allow me to consistently come together with other creatives to bring a vision to life. That’s how Artists in Focus came to be. Stay tuned for more episodes coming soon!