I graduated from theatre school in 2009—with a nascent career in photography. The reasons I stopped pursuing acting are uninteresting, but in starting to shoot I discovered what had attracted me to the field in the first place: the actors.
To me, actors are an incredible breed—expressive, empathetic, quick to say 'yes' to any new life experience, and, for reasons that vary from person to person, driven to compete in one of the most legendarily ruthless industries in the world.
When work is slow, I keep my skills sharp by shooting my friends, many of whom are still actors. Their boundless determination keeps me motivated, their bouts with adversity keep me humble. And I'm beginning to realize these people are my artistic inspiration.
With The Field, I hope to capture a snapshot of the performing world in 2013. Starting in January in New York, I will be shooting a series of portraits with actors and other performers under 35. In June, I plan to take a two-to-three-month trip out to L.A. to capture the West Coast's crop of young performers. By the end of the year, I will produce a 40-50 page 8"x10" hardcover book containing the best photos from the project. And for those who donate $750 or more, I'll print up an extra-special 12"x12" limited edition version, including outtakes and professional-grade printing.
Some will be film actors, some stage. Some will perform improv comedy, others Shakespeare. Some will be struggling, some will see their stars already rising. And I hope that in 20 years, they will all be able to look at this book and see in it page after page of huge successes in the making.
Risks and challenges
Running an ongoing art project like this takes a lot of planning, as well as a fair amount of post-production. Adding a trip outside of my native market adds another level of complication, but if my funding goals are met I should be able to focus my energies on planning and shooting and have the layouts ready by late 2013.
However, should we meet with unexpected enthusiasm for this Kickstarter (we should all be so lucky to have these problems), I expect there might be printing and shipping delays in getting all of the books out to the donors. I'll be working tirelessly to make sure such a delay would be minimal, though. I take your support very seriously, and feel incredibly privileged just to be in a position to be sharing my work with you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Well, for one, you can still get a signed first-edition of the book starting at $75, and this is the only place to find it! But there's also reach goals!
Currently, I'm looking at some perfectly good-quality paper/printing for the book, but at $7,500 we'd reach the sort of bulk printing threshold required for an upgrade. I have a beautiful professional-grade uncoated paper in mind, and I really think it'd add a lot to the book.
At $10,000, I'd love to increase the page count. Provided my backers have no issue with that, at least (you signed up for a 40-50 page book, so let me know if you have a problem with a 100-page book). I've had such a wonderful assortment of actors come out of the woodwork to shoot with me, it'd be a shame to leave so many of them on the cutting room floor. So, yes, at $10,000, THE FIELD will become a 75-to-100-page book.
And if we reach $15,000, I'll even be able to do a small second run of the extra-large-format "director's-cut" edition of the book that's currently only available as a special edition for backers of $750 or above! I'd love to be able to sell this version of the book, as it's closer to my original vision, so tell your friends!
Oops! I was so excited to lay out that pricing option that I forgot to mention it'd be a signed first edition...Then people bought at that level and I couldn't change the description. Rest assured, I will be personally signing every book (unless you bought that reward with relief, knowing that you wouldn't have to look at my terrible handwriting. Just send me a message if that's the case)!
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