I started FH&A in 2015. Over the next three years I surrounded myself with amazing people that propelled it to a point where we could offer multi-day creative outdoor experiences (alongside partners such as Twin River Travel and Clear Lake Country,) open a retail/studio space at The Forks, produce two collections of clothing that were ethically produced in Canada and succeed in funding creative photo voice projects for people who might not have access to them otherwise.
My goal was to create a genuine community that was open to everyone, that would encourage people in their creative endeavours, push the boundaries of what a company could be, and be a positive creative force that everyone was allowed to be a part of.
With your support, dedication, and enthusiasm, I’m confident we did that. But now I need a break.
Today we are announcing an official, indefinite hiatus from FH&A. We are even giving this new chapter a name, Elsewhere.
Here are some reasons why Elsewhere is happening.
I’m heavily invested in making music with my band, Boniface, and travelling and touring with that project. This has taken me away from my hometown of Winnipeg, and opened me up to a whole new world of ideas and inspiration I plan to inject back into FH&A in the future.
The role of social media has changed in our company. During this indefinite break I will be searching to find ways to connect and grow this community without relying as heavily on the (sometimes good, sometimes bad) platforms of Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
My personal interests have broadened beyond photography and it’s role in human connection and community building. I want to still encourage photography, but find ways FH&A can promote other art forms, or any form of self expression for that matter.
Lastly I simply need space from FH&A to get excited about a new direction and new ideas. I’ve been building this community since I graduated high school in 2012. That’s my entire adult life. I need to stop now so I can start again later.
Thank you for understanding. Thank you for your support over the years. It’s been amazing in so many ways. See you around.
- Joey Visser