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Photographers seek to tell stories through captured moments and let each frame unfurl a greater scene and narrative. As content creators explore new scenes and concepts, the growth of Patreon is undeniable.
Someone wiser than myself once said (and I'm paraphrasing here) that when traditional social media channels and platforms aren't able to support a specific vision or project (more adult oriented content for example) then content creators are left to explore alternative options. Enter Patreon and other subscription-style content delivery platforms. More than just the nature of the content itself, platform models such as Patreon are able to offer a business system and potential new revenue stream for creators that the traditional social media channels don't offer.
Imagine a story of travel, time spent on the road, laughter, life, and love with your partner in crime. Picture wanting to document and share your stories and experiences with a larger audience. When Instagram and Facebook aren't able to tell your story or deliver the narrative you're looking to share, a content delivery platform like Patreon makes perfect sense. One such endeavor is the new personal project of the model, photographer, educator, and editor team of Josie Fox and Nino Batista simply titled, “Camino Encantado.” Described as a liberating and expressive venture, with an emphasis on imagery and art stories, this is the type of content that seems perfectly suited for the Patreon-style platforms.
The attractive aspects of Patreon and Patreon-like content systems are pretty simple and straightforward for creators. These platforms allow artists to set their own goals, tiers or monthly subscriptions, pricing structures, and content packages. Tiered options allow creators a way to offer different degrees of content to supports to choose from while subscription-based models allow supporters content access a la Netflix-style subscription.
These platforms are an outlet for artists to offer content that is either exclusive by design or by nature of the content (anything featuring nudity for example doesn't fly on Instagram and Facebook). Supporters and fans are given a more direct way to support favorite artists or creators, which is one of the most appealing aspects of these platforms. While these content experiences aren't exactly new, they seem to have been growing at an incredible rate as the social media landscape continues to evolve and the big players continue to quash organic content in favor of sponsored advertising.
Do you have personal experience with any of these styled platforms? Do you feel that this a positive way for artists to both create and share content while looking to generate financial support? Leave a comment down below.