Monday, May 20, 2013
Something like The Sunday Best was bound to happen. The creativity and talent ambling around the Portland area (think of how many artists, designers, Web developers, musicians and photographers you know) is ripe for collaboration. (Anyone remember The Blue Room Project?)
For Peter Smith and Natalie Conn, the time seemed right for a new experiment in storytelling.
The Sunday Best is that experiment.
Since October, the pair have unveiled new multimedia projects, including still photos and slide shows, once a week (on Sundays, hence the name).
Smith, who has written for The Christian Science Monitor, The Phoenix and GOOD, and Conn, whose photos have appeared in The Forecaster, Mainebiz and Port City Life, find the everyday, under-the-radar stories about regular people.
They recently did a slide show on the Grand View Coffee Shop, aka The Topless Coffee Shop, that got picked up by a number of sites.
What might end up deciding the fate of The Sunday Best is crowdsourced funding, or crowdfunding.
At the moment, the site relies solely on donations, even dropping $5 in the hat, to keep going.
The Sunday Best can be found at www.thesundaybest.net.
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