Last year one of my clients turned me onto 1x, a photography website where you’ll find the usual content: user submitted images, a fairly active forum, tutorials and a workshop calendar. Where 1x differs so dramatically from most photography sites is in their tightly curated image collection. Members are allowed to submit images that are then sent for review to a group of curators who decide whether or not the photograph should be published to their collection. To be certain, image selections are a bit arbitrary but once you view just a few of the published photos there is little doubt about the quality of the work chosen for publication. In my opinion, there is no site on the internet where you will find a more inspiring collection of imagery.
You’ll find a wide variety of photography on 1x ranging from landscapes to action to nudes to portraits to macro and more. Though my primary subjects are landscape and adventure, I also enjoy and learn from all types of photography. Portraits and nude photography allow me to examine light and form, which inspires me to keep my mind open to similar situations in the type of photography I do. If you’re offended by nude photography, it’s easy to filter out all images depicting nudity. If you’re only interested in viewing landscapes, it is very simple to select only the “landscape” category. 1x is very easy to use and the site has a clean, elegant design that does not interfere with the viewing experience.
Something else that sets 1x apart from most other online photo sites is that there is no voting or ranking system that can artificially inflate the ranking of a photograph. The curators select a photo, publish it to the collection, and users can then “favorite” and/or comment on the photo. Photos that receive the most views, favorites and/or comments may eventually make it to the “Popular Photos” collection but this gallery is only one of many that you may choose to view. Popular photos do not rise to the top while other great images languish at the bottom of the heap. 1x also allows you to view only the most recently published photographs, which is the filter I use the most as it always presents a fresh batch of images.
I’ve been a member of 1x for a little over two months. In that time I’ve submitted eight photos for review and had three of them published. I’m told this is an excellent acceptance rate. Whether or not this is true, I don’t know. But, I am excited to have some of my images featured alongside the work of so many other immensely talented photographers. Should you decide to explore 1x, here are a few photographers whose work I admire: Matt Anderson, Tristan Shu, Emmanuel Coupe, Marcin Sobas and Samuel Feron. And, if you’d like to connect with me there, here’s a link to my profile.