Three photographers from Northern Finland, Northern Ireland and West of Ireland were matched in late autumn 2017 on Creative2Creative Matching. The activity matches creative sector companies from different partner regions. During the programme, the pair of entrepreneurs have online meetings for a minimum of 2 hours each month over a 6-month period.
The first meeting was held in December 2017 together with Finnish coordinator Saila Puukko. Since then entrepreneurs have been in active contact to seek out possibilities to develop something new together.
Thomas Kast, Salamapaja (Finland) Will Harnett, WHP (Northern Ireland) and Michael Mc Laughlin, Michael Mc laughlin Studios (Ireland) all share a common interest to develop new international projects together with like-minded creatives. The reason to apply on Creative2Creative matching was motivation to develop their company`s international branding and visibility by creating new international connections.
Will and Thomas has both specialized in landscape and travel photography. Thomas also organizes photography tours which he guides himself. There, participants can capture landscapes and the aurora borealis. Will has carved out a niche in contemporary landscape, travel & architecture photography. Michael is an award winning commercial and Fine Art photographer providing imagery for the public and private sector.
Couple months after their first meeting it was clear that they want to develop a project together; transnational photographic tours in all three regions. At the moment Thomas, Will and Michael are looking for funding to organize a benchmarking visit in every region to take pictures and to explore the regions in Northern Finland, West of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Will, Michael and Thomas will continue their work on Creative2Creative Matching to solve out potential challenges, for instance in legislation, in all respective regions.