The Fresh Coast Project is the endeavor to photograph and archive the Great Lakes on film prior to the cessation of film as a medium.
WHAT IS THE FRESH COAST PROJECT?
The Fresh Coast Project is a photographic film project that serves to inspire a dialogue about the importance of the Great Lakes. Set between two countries in the heart of North America with its 10,000 miles of shoreline, photographic the Great Lakes is an enormous undertaking, and this project will put on archival film the beauty, grandeur and scope of the Great Lakes as one magnificent body. The Fresh Coast Project was created by photographer Ed Wargin. The purpose of the project is to provide visual context to the challenges and opportunities we will encounter in forthcoming years. Through imagery, stories, and media, the project will share the magnificent beauty of our Great Lakes with citizens of the Great Lakes basin and beyond. It will show the global community that our Great Lakes, as one ecosystem, is a true wonder of the world. The project promotes travel, exploration, education, enjoyment and celebration of the Great Lakes, and strives to cultivate an active role of nurturing this region by passing forward to our youth a genuine legacy of concern, gratitude, pride and stewardship.
THE FRESH COAST PROJECT IN THE NEWS!
Featured on NBC / KARE 11 (Minneapolis) segment: "Boyd Huppert's Land of 10,000 Stories":
WHY AM I PRIMARILY PHOTOGRAPHING THIS PROJECT ON THE MEDIUM OF FILM?
Digital photography and film photography as mediums are two unique and separate tools. While I too make photographs digitally and enjoy that process as well, to me, nothing surpasses the beauty and quality of shooting on photographic E-6 (transparency) film. As a baseline of historical context and importance, film provides the ability for one to look at a raw transparency and be guaranteed that no computer manipulation has occurred. From an artistic perspective, film is craft, film is science. The beauty of film is that it is tangible and material. There are those who say film will never go away, but many types of film have ceased manufacture, and more importantly, many of the chemicals required for the processing of film have ceased manufacture as well, and it's only a matter of time until the remaining inventories are absorbed and gone. From a professional standpoint, the ability to construct and complete a project of this magnitude may never happen again. I feel that this historic evolution from film to digital is too important to ignore, as we risk not securing the Great Lakes on film while there still is a chance to do so.
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