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My hope was to start showing and selling more of my own photography by age 60. Now, at age 62, the time has finally come.
My hope was to start showing and selling more of my own photography by age 60. Now, at age 62, the time has finally come.
32 backers pledged $3,068 to help bring this project to life.

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It's now...full steam ahead! 

Even though this is my third Kickstarter project it's basically a continuance of my last one..."It's Now Time to Start Printing Over 45 Years of Negatives". I'm now doing what that project was designed to help me get started. A little behind due to some unexpected health issues in early 2015, along with some personal ones...but it's now full steam ahead. 

Now at age 62, I will be producing limited edition photographs on a monthly basis. I hope to come out with 4-5 images per month that will be limited to small editions of 15-25 regardless of the image size. 

Once the editions are sold out no more photographs will ever be made of them. For those who support this Kickstarter project, in addition to the rewards here, you will also be placed on a prefered client list to receive advance notices for my new images at special pricing.

Head Down, Hands on Legs, 2006
Head Down, Hands on Legs, 2006

 

Valerie in Studio, 2002
Valerie in Studio, 2002

 

Cecilia in Loft, 2011
Cecilia in Loft, 2011

 

Stephanie, Nude Study, 2002
Stephanie, Nude Study, 2002

 

Elizabeth in Studio, 2002
Elizabeth in Studio, 2002

From 2001 to around 2008 most of my photography was done in my Pacific Grove, CA studio that I shared with photographer Martha Casanave. Studio work was not new to me but before this time I worked mostly outdoors. My family was young and using the studio was easier to schedule my time and also not needing to worried about the weather, etc.

During that time I was also one of the galleries that sold photography by Ruth Bernhard who Ansel Adams said was "the greatest photographer of the nude". I spent time with Ruth over those years and she became a big influence of my studio era. Recently I have picked out a few negatives that I will start working on...these, to my eye, are ones that Ruth would have given me her thumbs up on.

Reward #1 Photos of Michelle, 2006
Reward #1 Photos of Michelle, 2006

Since I have now decided to make some of my images in platinum along with my traditional silver gelatin photographs, funds received through Kickstarter will be used to buy more materials for future printing.

Thank you for viewing my Kickstarter project...Russ Levin

Please note: I tried my best to show the platinum photographs at their actual level of quality. The uploaded images do not have the same look and feel as the original photographs. You will not be disappointed when you receive your photograph(s)....of that I am certain.

The platinum printing process is about 150 years old. For those who are not familiar with it, I would suggest you do a search on the Internet to learn more. Below are a few short videos that show the process.

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

The risks are minimal for you to receive your reward by the dates set within. This is my third Kickstarter project and and the one thing I have learned is to now be on time. For that reason I have limited this project to only two images and have started production of them and I'm very confident that you will receive your reward in a very timely manner. There are no other logistical risks associated with this project at this time.

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    A Big Internet Thank You!

    Even though this reward shows $5.00 you can put in any amount you wish above it to give my project a lift. No photo, but you will get a BIG THANK YOU from me via email.

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    Original photo plus more! Great Offer!

    You will receive an original 4"x5" (approx.) silver gelatin test photograph of Michelle made in 2006. Michelle is same model in my "Head Down, Hands on Legs" platinum photograph.

    In addition you will be placed on my advance notice and VIP pricing email list where you will be the first to see and be able to buy one of my new limited edition photographs... at a special pre-release price.

    Shipping is free within the U.S. and $12.00 for International.

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    "Head Down, Hands on Legs" Photograph

    You will receive my "Head Down, Hands on Legs, 2006" - 5"x5" platinum photograph, signed and dated by me. In addition the photograph will be mounted/matted with 13"x16" museum board. Shipping is free within the U.S. and $30.00 for International.

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    "Valerie in Studio, 2002" Photograph

    You will receive my "Valerie in Studio, 2002" - 5 1/2"x6 1/2" platinum photograph, signed and dated by me. In addition the photograph will be mounted/matted with 13"x16" museum board. Shipping is free within the U.S. and $30.00 for International.

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    "Cecilia in Loft, 2011" Photograph

    You will receive my "Cecilia in Loft, 2011" 5"x7" platinum photograph, signed and dated by me. In addition the photograph will be mounted/matted with 13"x16" museum board. Shipping is free within the U.S. and $30.00 for International

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    "Stephanie, Nude Study, 2002" Photograph

    You will receive my "Stephanie, Nude Study, 2002" 5"x7" platinum photograph, signed and dated by me. In addition the photograph will be mounted/matted with 13"x16" museum board. Shipping is free within the U.S. and $30.00 for International

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    "Elizabeth in Studio, 2002" Photograph

    You will receive my "Elizabeth in Studio, 2002" 5"x7" platinum photograph, signed and dated by me. In addition the photograph will be mounted/matted with 13"x16" museum board. Shipping is free within the U.S. and $30.00 for International

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    Best deal...you get both photographs!

    You will receive both images, "Head Down, Hands on Legs, 2006" - 5"x5" and "Valerie in Studio, 2002" - 5 1/2"x6 1/2" platinum photographs, signed and dated by me. In addition the photographs will be mounted/matted with 13"x16" museum board. Shipping is free within the U.S. and $35.00 for International.

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    You Pick Which 2 You Wish To Have!

    You Pick....Maybe you would like 2 of the same or 2 different images, you pick. You will receive all 2 platinum photographs from the 5 shown, signed and dated by me. You can let me know via a message which 2 you wish to have.

    In addition the photographs will be mounted/matted with 13"x16" museum board. Shipping is free within the U.S. and $35.00 for International.

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    Just Added! All 5 Platinum Photographs

    You will receive all 5 platinum photographs shown, signed and dated by me. In addition the photographs will be mounted/matted with 13"x16" museum board. Shipping is free within the U.S. and $45.00 for International.

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    # 1's of the edition of all 5 photos?

    WOW! 10 Photographs in all!
    You will receive the #1's of the edition of all 5 of the platinum photographs shown here. I will also include 5 silver gelatin 4"x5" (approx) signed an dated proof photographs. The platinum photographs will be mounted/matted with 13"x16" museum board. Shipping is free within the U.S. and $45.00 for International.

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    Let's go photograph with a model!

    Bring your camera to Monterey and let's have some fun! For this reward, you and I will go out and photograph one of my figure models in the Monterey area for 4-5 hours. In addition you will receive 2 original photographs, signed and dated by me from our outing. We will set up the time to work around our schedules over the next year. Travel expenses are not included.

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    Want something very special?

    With this reward you will receive both images, "Head Down, Hands on Legs, 2006" - 5"x5" and "Valerie in Studio, 2002" - 5 1/2"x6 1/2" platinum photographs, signed and dated by me. In addition to the two images above, you will also receive 18 more of my images that you can choose from over the next year.

    In addition the photographs will be mounted/matted to museum board. Free shipping.

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