This semester, I had the really awesome opportunity to take a masterclass with the really awesome Hannah Tinti, of One Story and NPR's Selected Shorts. The class was about the writer / editor relationship, and our final project was to create the concept for a literary publication, accept a classmate's story for publication, work through the various editing steps to make the story the best it can be, and then actually publish the story. A lot of work, but an excellent exercise.
The "publication" I came up with is a really nice marriage of two of my greatest loves: photography and fiction.
"Analog is an online publication that plays matchmaker between photographers and writers. We are interested in the stories that image can hold, and we are interested in the images story can hold.
Sometimes a story inspires a photograph; sometimes a photograph inspires a story. Sometimes the writer and photographer are paired based on aesthetic to create something new from their collaboration.
Once a month, we feature the creative product of one of these relationships."
It's an idea I'm really interested in -- one that I would be interested in carrying out beyond the classroom. Ideally, it would be a high-quality print magazine, released monthly (or quarterly). But, I think, online is a good place to begin. The website was pulled together pretty quickly, and there are many changes I would want to make before it would be a "real" publication.
The "first" issue can be found here. It features the excellent work of my classmate, Elena, and, because of the time constraints, I served as photographer for her story.
What do you think?