In the summer of 2005, three Kentucky women photographers (all at mid-life, each having multiple careers) came together to explore and share their artistic experiences, to exchange ideas and information, and critique each others work. Because of the energy that came out of that first meeting of a tiny art group, each of the three made significant progress and decisions in their individual creative work the very next week. This led to conceptualizing the next steps required to build a community of Kentucky women photographers.
Women thrive on community, networking, and sharing. These three women wanted to make a difference with their personal artwork, but beyond that, they wanted to foster a cohesive community of Kentucky women photographers that would support exhibition opportunities, promote diverse work, and provide a forum for an exchange of ideas and information. These three women hosted a gathering of Kentucky women photographers in Berea during March of 2006. Despite swirling snow flurries, a large group from across the state braved the storm to discuss their art. Very quickly, this led to an online Yahoo group for the exchange of information, a shared online critique space, and to monthly gatherings to share work.
This network, open to all Kentucky women photographers, is thriving at a time of major changed within photography, especially in the areas of digital imaging and printing. All photographic techniques including film, digital, and scanned images are embraced by the group.