Time has always been the enemy of art. In this series art is going on the offensive and reclaiming the rundown places of the midwest.
First things first, my name is Josh and I am excited that you have decided to check out my project. I know there are many great ideas to get behind here on Kickstarter and I am honored that you are giving mine an in depth look.
This is the old intro...cool music and pictures, bad, bad narration. A friend told me I sound like Bob Ross though. God, he had great hair and he painted the friendliest trees.
- I have to rely on strangers because as you can see below my son is already shirking his duties.-
I moved to Minnesota to help with my Dad's end of life care. I never pictured myself as the small town guy, but after almost four years out here, I have to say it grows on you. And as you can see, this rural setting has become my muse. I am obsessed with all the wonderful architecture and the everyday places, that are only everyday when you are out here in the sticks.
I have found so much hidden beauty and dusty wonder out here that I am compelled to share it. My desire to capture and protect these places has become paternal in a weird way. I want future generations to be able to see the past before it is consumed by time and lost forever.
In general, time is kind of a downer. That may sound like terrible motivation for an art project, but this time around we are going to turn the tables on time. Together we are going to steal the food of the ages right off of times table. With the click of a shutter we are going to save many beautiful places from decay. At the same time, I want to breathe new life in to them with a kind of photographic CPR.
I am raising funds for a fine art series named Rundown Reclaim. It will feature images from across the Midwest (Minnesota, the Dakotas, Wisconsin, and a handful of other states) This series will be of rural and semi-urban sites/objects that have been forgotten and are in danger of being lost forever. Together we are going to reclaim them and pay homage to history by condensing many locations in to one rocking book.
It will take approximately six months for travel and image capture, another month or two of editing, and a final month of book design and layout.
The final result will include a gallery showing, fine art prints, and two printed versions of a book an ebook for iDevices. Assorted other items will also be made available, contingent on public response.
Local publication and national exposure are being sought after. The first being the most likely. If anyone has an "in" with the media I would certainly love for you to whisper in someone's ear for me. I am definitely no media mogul. I revised my press release at least ten times, because it didn't sound pressy enough.
Along the way, I will be taking suggestions for locations to preserve. I would like this project to be a community effort in which you (the backers) not only feel that you are along for the ride, but that you can help me put pins in the map.
Hell, if you want to come out to a location and see the process that would be awesome too. I would love to meet the folks that helped make this project come to life.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on March 16, 2012.
Feb 15, 2012 - Mar 16, 2012 (30 days)
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This level of support bags you a copy of the book. I'll sign and personalize it with a message thanking you emphatically. Plus, you still get the post card and an the 8x10 print.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Let me say thank you right here. Your support is making a dream come true and ensuring that this project comes to life. Your support means a lot to me. You're getting upgraded to the a signed and personalized copy of the book. An amazing 11x14 mounted metallic print and twenty of the rocking postcards. Featured Acknowledgment in the book and a postcard thank you card are a given.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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You are just plain amazing. You get a 16x20 gallery wrapped canvas of an image of your choice (signed and numbered) and a personalized copy of the hardcover book, and one digital negative of your choice with print rights. You also get an awesome-sauce front page mention in the rocking supporter section.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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This is the awesome-sauce level of backing. Thank you doesn't begin to express how I feel about anyone giving this level of support. You're just amazing! For your amazing offering you get a one of a kind leather edition of the book featuring at least two images that will not be made available at any other levels. You're also getting 5 digital negatives with print rights. Front page mention in the "true believer" backer section. One 11x14 Acrylic Mounted print of your choice. Mention in and on any media coverage that the series gets! We want everyone to know that you made this possible and that I owe you a debt of gratitude.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Wall Street Level baby... I don't really expect to get anyone at this level, but if you're going to dream...you might as well dream crazy. This is a lot of money and I want you to know that I will put it to good use. I will make sure every penny gets squeezed to maximize its mileage. In my mind this level of support is a fantasy, but if someone takes the offering I will forever be in your debt. The reward looks something like this, but we can work out a tailored option if you find it in your heart to support at this level. I'll come to you and together we will plan a photo series of your choosing. I will set you up with all the toys and tools that I use to craft my images and I will give you in depth tours and background knowledge of everything from the cameras to software. If a photo series isn't your bag we can make arrangements for something else. My talent and skill are yours to wield. You get complete access to my untouched files and a photo collection from the new series as well as my previous collections. I will create unique editions of this series as well as Dark City Rising (my previous series) as leather bound beauties that can grace your coffee table or library Prints galore! Canvas, acrylic mounts, cards, you name it you're probably getting it!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012