A Polaroid adventure in Marrakesh, Morocco with my personal instant photography gurus, culminating in a photo book and exhibit.
For this project I will travel to Marrakesh, Morocco to join 12 like-minded instant photographers, including my personal instant photography gurus and authors of Instant Love: How to Make Magic & Memories with Polaroids; Susannah Conway, Jen Altman, and Amanda Gilligan. For an entire week I will document my travels, participate in 5 workshops for instant photographers, and soak up all the knowledge and inspiration these ladies can dish out. Upon my return I will turn my photographs into a collection worthy of exhibition and present my work to a number of galleries in California. In addition, I will create a book documenting these images and a few notes from my travels.
More details about the retreat here: http://www.instant-love.com/
1. I'm a HUGE fan of instant photography. Polaroid cameras combined with The Impossible Project's amazing new film simply rock my world. I can't get enough!
2. I spend all my money on film. ALL of it.
3. I have a little (well, ok BIG) girl crush on Susannah, Jen, and Amanda. They rock instant film like John Wayne rocks cowboy flicks!
4. Something is telling me that this project is going to change my life in some way and I just have to listen to what my heart is telling me. (I could write an essay on this alone, but I'll save you the time.) ;-)
As a northern California girl born and raised, I never had much opportunity for travel. I grew up here, got my degree here, and promptly got a full time job; buying myself time to prepare for my next grand adventure.
Once I graduated college I traveled outside of the USA for the very first time. As a graduation gift to myself, my partner and I spent 6 amazing weeks backpacking around Europe and I was the happiest I have ever been. Once we got home I realized the things I missed most about my travels were the differences in culture and the nearly constant flow of inspiration.
In order to harness this inspiration once more, learn more about myself and the world around me, and pick up valuable instant photography skills along the way, I have set my heart on joining Susannah, Jen, and Amanda at their Instant Love Polaroid Retreat in Marrakesh, Morocco. I simply can't imagine a better opportunity for me to experience a completely different culture and people while learning valuable instant photography skills from the people who inspire me most.
How much will it cost? Where is your money going?
In order to participate in the Instant Love retreat, photograph Marrakesh, create an exhibit-worthy body of work, and manifest my very first photography book I will need your help!
The expenses break down as follows:
*$3,200 - Instant Love Retreat and Workshops
$1,500-$1,900 - Round Trip Flight from San Francisco to Marrakesh, Morocco
$500 - 20 Packs of Instant Film from The Impossible Project
$500-$600 - Frames and Matting for Photo Exhibit
$500 - Miscellaneous Expenses
$41.00-$51.00 - Per Book from Blurb.com (7"x7" Square, Hardcover, 21-80 Pages)
I am expecting this project to cost a total of $6000-$6500 (including backer rewards) and am only asking for the initial $5000 to get me started, the rest will come out of my own bank account.
*$500.00 Deposit to secure my spot already paid by me.
Links of Note
The Impossible Project: This is where I will be getting my film. Wonderful, amazing, beautiful film! In 2008 the Impossible team saved the last Polaroid production plant in Enschede and started the process of reinventing instant film. In March of 2010 their first film became available to the public and I've been a fan ever since.
Susannah Conway: A Polaroid genius, Brit *love*, writer, instructor of the Unravelling e-course, and co-author of Instant Love: How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids. Also, one of the instructors at the Instant Love retreat in Morocco. *My thanks go out to Susannah for providing some of her beautiful images of Morocco for this project space.
Amanda Gilligan: An Australian born Polaroid genius living and working in Canada, author of the blog Mocking Bird, and co-author of Instant Love: How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids. I love her work and am always watching for latest blog post. *She's got some amazing photography advise on her blog for those of you who are interested.
Jen Altman: Another Polaroid genius! Jen is the author and illustrator of self-published books Feather & Bone and Little Italy, co-author of Instant Love: How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids, and is currently working on a book about gems (for Chronicle Books I believe) that I just can't wait to see. She also has a beautiful blog called Nectar & Light. :-)
If the 5k goal isn't met by the due date (August 30th), I don't get any of the funding. I'll still try to go to Marrakesh and take photos...but I'd have to borrow my boyfriends credit card to do that and I'm not sure he'd like it too much. lol
If the goal is met, the money that has been donated will be deposited into my account and I'll go on a crazy big shopping spree! No, really I'll just be able to purchase my plane ticket and pay for the rest of my retreat expenses.
I need to raise a total of $5,000.00 in order for this project to get funded.
When the goal is met on August 30th the funds will be processed. I have been told that Kickstarter is notifying people that the funds they have pledged will be removed from their accounts on August 31, 2011.
pledged of $5,000 goal
seconds to go
Jul 22, 2011 - Aug 31, 2011 (40 days)
Pledge $1 or more
Your name listed as a contributor in the resulting book as well as on my website/blog with a link back to your website or blog.
Pledge $15 or more
One signed 5" x 5" photograph from the Morocco series, a personal thank you note from me, and the first reward.
Pledge $25 or more
One signed 10" x 10" photograph from the Morocco series, a personal thank you note from me, and the first reward.
Pledge $50 or more
Two signed 10" x 10" photographs from the Morocco series and a personal thank you note from me.
Pledge $100 or more
6 backers Limited (44 of 50 left)
One 14" x 14" signed limited edition print from the Morocco series, a personal thank you note from me, and the first reward.
Pledge $250 or more
3 backers Limited (22 of 25 left)
A signed limited edition copy of the book, one signed 16" x 16" photograph of your choice from the Morocco series, a personal thank you note from me, and the first reward.
Pledge $500 or more
1 backer Limited (9 of 10 left)
Everything in the previous reward as well as *a personal photography session with me which will include up to 5 original Polaroid photographs and a collection of both digital and analog images. You will also achieve My-Personal-Hero status! *Does not include travel fees