I started my official work on "potography" in 2015, but the word first popped into my head a solid year or so before I made it a side project.

I was riding the Long Island Rail Road one day, and I noticed an ad poster with a missing letter. 

I think it originally read "POHTOGRAPHY," and someone ripped off the "H" in a failed attempt to correct the typo. Whatever happened, all I could see was the remaining letters, "p-o-t-o-g-r-a-p-h-y."

I immediately thought "pot-ography," and realized this "new" word was a great way to describe photos relating to marijuana! So I took a picture of the ad, and eventually decided to use the term for my own photography website.

The only thing is, I'm not a photographer. 

Before I settled on using the site to host my weed-related photos, I spent several months trying to build an income-generating business around the "POTography" concept without actually being a photographer myself.

I was fresh out of college and eager to start my own business that didn't keep me tied down to one geographic region, but I also wanted to stay involved with cannabis.

A photography website seemed like the perfect fit, but I had a lot to learn if I wanted to succeed.   

After months of strategizing, planning, and testing, and thousands of dollars later, I couldn't produce anything that didn't seem forced or fake, so I decided to put the project on hold for a while. 

That was probably in April of 2016, about eight months after I came up with the original "POTography" concept business model (for whoever's curious about the original concept, I'll be sharing that story another time). 

So, since "POTography 1.0" is now in the past, and since I still have this website half-built, I figured I'd use potography.com for all my cannabis-related photos, and probably some other random photos too. That way, they're all here in one place for everyone to enjoy. 

Remember to check back occasionally for updates! I've got a couple other projects I'm getting ready to share with everyone soon. 

Sam McBee
McBlaze Media
IG: @sammcblaze

 The inspiration for "potography"

The inspiration for "potography"