What begins, ends…. and here I am writing that I, Matthew Schiavello, have left ‘excuse me…’.
I wish it was for some dramatic and exciting reason, but it is
instead for really boring and mundane reasons, like the fact that life
is just too busy, it has been for a really long time and is getting
busier. My personal life and my own art need much more of my time, so I
need to step away from the reblogging tumblr ‘Excuse me…’, which will
continue on and I look forward to seeing what happens next with it!
I started my time at 'excuse me…’ wanting to promote the work of
others. A week into the life of the tumblr and Nur Nielfa officially
Nur and I had been chatting online for a while and I really liked her
own photography, as well as her values and opinions. I had no idea what
her selections would be like, the main point was that I liked her and we
shared some important ideals, and both wanted to promote others. That
was all that I needed!
Nur and I discussed and decided upon some some 'rules’ for the tumblr
(keeping in mind that We didn’t want too many rules to get bogged down
in!) But we did decided that: we would not promote the work of anyone
currently involved in the tumblr (the focus was to be on others and that
included promoting exhibitions, events -including other reblogging
tumblrs), there was no boss or editor (in fact, no one would edit the
others choices and if we did not like a choice that was made, we would
talk it though), and a few other 'rules’ including a decision not to
show images which sexualised or exploited women or other marginalized
groups… and we also agreed that the rules could be broken and should
be broken, when we felt they needed to be! There we were, a Spanish women
and a male Australian with (Italian heritage), on opposite sides of the
globe. We asked for and accepted submissions and I am certain, shared most of those that were received.
After a time, we felt we needed another person on board and decided to ask Thierry Facon (http://thierry-facon.tumblr.com/)
to join us, a French male living in Thailand! Nur and I both liked his
work and had chatted with him a lot. I really admired Thierry’s
sensibilities and approach which could be quite subversive, quirky and
fun. Again, we didn’t ask for samples of what he would share and had no
idea what that might be, but knew we would find out once he joined us.
After a while and due to people being busy, we realised we needed one
more person. At the top of all of our wish lists was the same person, A
female Brit, living in the USA - Jules Falk Hunter (http://justjulespictures.tumblr.com/).
We didn’t think she would say yes to us, why would she? She was busy
with her own blog, her own reblogging tumblr and was also a member of
Luxlit! And to top it all off, she is so, so talented! But we bravely
asked and she said yes! And there we were, a global (albeit western),
I think Jules was the glue that got us involved in more group
activities/events. Jules may have even came up with the idea: 'a day
of….’ We had fun and it felt like a real team, rather than a group of
people working separately. Again, no one was the boss, it was all
collaborative, respectful, mature and fun. And then unfortunately, my
busy life got much busier and here I am, wishing that Nur, Jules,
Thierry and I, were all doing this from day one and that we had three
years of fun camaraderie, instead of the shorter time that we had. Nur
left a few months back due to other commitments and now I am doing the
It has been such and honor and a privilege to be part of this weird
little tumblr (to borrow Nur’s phrase), to be part of something with
three other creatives I greatly respect and admire, and who’s work
inspires me. It has been an honor and a privilege to be part of
something which other creatives have taken the time to follow and to
take an active interest in. We have had many people trust us with their
submissions ( I need to say that we never take lightly, a decision to
not share a submission, and many a conversation has been held amongst
ourselves on the topic of such things!) and we have greatly appreciated
this trust. I have loved the messages of support and thanks sent to us
over the years, the generous suggestions to check out other peoples work
and the opportunity that I have had, to indulge my thoughts on what
work needed to be seen by a wider audience. The support 'excuse
me…’ continues to be shown, is greatly appreciated and encourages all
of the team members to give up time away from their own creative
pursuits, to actively support and highlight the work of others.
From the beginning Nur and I both felt that 'excuse me…’ would
shift and change over time and would one day cease to exist and/or go on
without either of us. It was a warming thought that kept our egos at
bay. After being there from the beginning and for the past three years, I
leave 'excuse me…’ feeling content and proud to have been a part of
something that made a small difference, which promoted others and tried
to do so without ego.
I leave 'excuse me..’ looking forward to seeing what unfolds with it
and looking forward to being taken along on new ride. I am still online
and about, just much less than I have been, as I make more time to
spend on my own art work and on other personal matters.
Thank you for being there for part, most of, or all of my time at
'excuse me..’ and for inviting the team and myself into your own lives. I
hope that you continue to support 'excuse me..’ as I will continue to
do so, as it promotes the work of others.