UPDATE: We did it! We made it to our minimum goal of $1400!
But the work isn't over. $1400 is the absolute minimum the project can survive on. Our new goal: $2000. Please keep sharing the link and pledging.
It's only possible with your help. THANK YOU!
The world is awakening to a new time: A time when the sloth reigns supreme. A time when celebrities are caught in adorable fits of excitement over the mere possibility of sloth visitation. A time when much searching and significantly less finding is being done in the world of sloth photography.
It is this photographer's mission to participate in the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica's newly created Artist in Residency program. Having been accepted into the program, I must expand my budget to include travel expenses, sanctuary housing fees, a music budget, editing, etc... so that this photographic exploration and documentary can be something we can all be proud to be a part of.
You have the opportunity to make this project grow to match your interest. With enough pre-sold photo books, publishers may be interested in making it widely available. Additional projects at other sanctuaries around the world could happen based upon the success of this project. It all starts here. It all starts with your support. This project cannot succeed without you. Thank you for backing this expedition and for sharing this KickStarter page with your friends and family.
This is the $62 Lap of Luxury reward. These are available in extremely limited quantities as they do take up considerable luggage space. But see: Super cute. All it needs is a sleepy sloth right in the middle, wouldn't you agree?
To learn more about sloths and the sanctuary, visit the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica's website here.
Where is the money going?
The cost of roundtrip airfare and lodging expenses at the Sanctuary alone comes to over $2,000. Other expenses include: Additional high speed memory cards and camera batteries, new lenses, tripods, 2 external hard drives, printing materials, shipping materials and postage, plenty of hand sanitizer, and as many cheap, durable camcorders as we can get our hands on.
The intention with the cheap cams is to set them up on tripods during the night and in the areas where I can't be while I'm working in other areas (example: cams in the nursery and slothpital while I'm photographing and filming bath time). The more cams, the more angles we can cover and the documentary will be. My cameras will be professional grade, but I feel it would be an unnecessary cost and risk to leave such cameras unattended. These cheap camcorders get the job done without running up the cost of the project or posing an unreasonable loss should one become damaged or destroyed.
You may find yourself wondering how this project can succeed with a mere $1400 in Kickstarter funding if the costs have already amounted to over $2000. It's simple, really: The flights and lodging have already been paid for out of pocket. Our family is fully invested in making sure this project succeeds. The funds secured through Kickstarter are what will take the project to the next level.
Thank you for all your support!
Original art created for this campaign by Sam Wilson
**UPDATE** It has come to our attention that in Costa Rica, there is a large market for photos with baby sloths. In order to foster this practice and give tourists a chance to take vacation photos, many mother sloths are killed. OUR EXPEDITION WILL NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, PARTICIPATE IN OR SUPPORT THIS PRACTICE. All photos and videos taken will be taken at or around the sanctuary. We will be going the extra mile to help the sloths and will not hurt them or do anything to promote their suffering in any way. We support the mission of the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica.
These are the sloth dolls available for the first two people to pledge the $65 level. (SOLD OUT.)
Samples of Candace's Photography:
- (30 days)