Over recent years, photography has become a huge passion for me. My camera is almost an extension of my arm, always by my side. I shoot food, places and people, closes, wides and portraits, both for work and for the love of clicking the shutter.
What started out as a hobby, and then a way for me to quickly document things for my blog gradually turned into something that feels as natural as putting one foot in front of the other. And I’ve moved on from using my camera just to capture a subject, I’m now working on capturing experiences.
There’s always more to learn, and with a passion for taking photographs came, of course, a passion for the work of others. I love to see how different photographers frame their worlds.
That’s one of the things that drew me to Million Eyez, a photography website I’ve been exploring for the last couple of weeks. It allows you to explore photographs from people all around the world, organised into all manner of topics.
How does it work?
What makes Million Eyez special is how easily other people can contribute to those topics or create their own. Collaborative collections can launch and grow quickly – it’s like being in an art collective on your computer screen.
The site makes it very easy to create, upload and curate a Photobox on practically any experience, so for my first foray into the world of Million Eyez, I decided to focus on spices.
The hero of so many meals, spices have incredible variety and can be blended together into almost limitless combinations. I wanted to create a collection which celebrated all the ways spice can play across our senses, from vibrant colours and aromatic scents, to rich flavours, sizzling sounds and tingling on chilli-tinged lips.
In my job as a recipe developer, I know that tiny pinches of spice can play the hero role in all sorts of savoury and sweet foods, and have done so for thousands of years. As a form of currency, spice has even had a hand in shaping world history – it definitely deserves some love.
Above, you’ll see my Photobox, with three shot of my own alongside other spicy-themed shots from 15 other photographers and counting.
I love how each photographer has interpreted the prompt word slightly differently. It makes for a vibrant, expressive collection.
If you have any spice shots of your own, I would love it if you could sign up to Million Eyez and upload them to my Photobox, where they will then appear as part of the collection.
You might have noticed how clearly credited each photograph is so that you know who created it. That’s a really great feature of Million Eyez – you add the Photobox to your website using an embed code, and the credits are displayed automatically as you scroll through.
It’s also great if you just need a single image to embed on your website. Again the photograph is clearly credited.
For bloggers, a Photobox also gives your readers a really easy way to engage by letting them contribute their own photos on a theme of your choosing. I’m thinking I might use it to allow readers to upload pictures when they cook one of my recipes – what do you think?
Win an Olympus Pen camera with Million Eyez
If you are indeed a blogger yourself you might also be interested in the current competition Million Eyez are running. By just embedding a Million Eyez Photoboxes on your own site and completing this form, you’ll be entered into a draw to win an amazing Olympus Pen digital camera, perfect for taking with you almost anywhere.
There’s also an app you can download from the Google Play and App Store that lets you manage your Photoboxes, so you can create and curate on the go.
Will you be trying out Million Eyez? Let me know!
This is a commissioned post for Million Eyez.