I've spent much of the last 3 years photographing the sport of roller derby. In March of 2013, I plan to exhibit the best of my work.
Over the last three years, I've been lucky enough to sit trackside and photograph well over 100 women's roller derby bouts. From Seattle and Denver to Philly and Toronto, I've photographed the very best players in the world. I've also photographed women who can barely keep their balance on eight wheels, teenagers ready to break into "big girl" derby, and grade-schoolers who can skate better than most adults I know (myself most definitely included). I've loved every bout.
With that said, I am not a sports photographer. Well not really. Full-time, serious sports photographers have $6000 cameras (yes, more than one) and $6000 lenses. I do not.
What I lack in gear, I do my best to make up for with an artistic approach to shooting the sport. Black & white sports photography with studio lighting -- that's what I do.
For the past year or so, I've pondered the idea of an exhibit. And in March of 2013, as part of Denver's Month of Photography, I plan to make that happen. Thanks to Herman's Hideaway, a month-long exhibit of my work will open on March 3rd of this year.
So why the kickstarter? The truth is, this show is going to happen one way or another. I've already committed to that. But the quality of show I'm really hoping for doesn't come cheap. Printing (these prints have to be top-quality -- no Walmart prints for this show!) and framing (again, this is an art exhibit -- acid-free, museum-quality materials only, please) costs money. Ideally, I'd like to do at least a few very large prints...those cost (a lot) more money. Food for the opening, maybe some promotional materials...you get the idea. It adds up.
And so here I am, asking you to help me make this show happen and to make it as amazing as possible.
To coincide with the exhibit, I think I've come up with a something unique to reward those who want to help but don't have a lot of spare cash laying around. I'm calling them "printettes". A printette is sort of a cross between a business card (but not), a sports trading card (but not), and a piece of art (I vote yes on this last one). The plan is to create a limited edition collection of mini-prints (about 2x3"). The front of each printette will feature a single B&W photo. No text (I said it wasn't a sports trading card, remember?), just the photo. On the back, each one will be signed and will have a unique hand-written number (sort of like a baseball card...except for the hand-written part). To make this really fun, for a $10 contribution, YOU can choose which of my derby photos you'd like to see on your card. How fun is that?!? There are lots of other reward options too...be sure to check 'em out!
I'm sure I've rambled on quite enough. I hope you'll consider helping me make this exhibit (and the first edition "printette" set) as awesome as possible.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I don't see a lot of risks if this project gets funded.
I suppose the venue could back out, but that seems very unlikely. Were that to happen, I'd scramble to find another place. It might take a while, but I think I could find a home for the exhibit (though it probably wouldn't be in March as planned).
Aside from that, the only problems I can imagine are minor ones -- issues with printing or framing, for example. But I have great confidence in the printer I use (he does amazing work) and I do all of my own matting and framing, so I think issues in these areas are unlikely at best.
When do I choose my "printettes" (for the $10 and up rewards)? I see that they are first come, first served, so I don't want to miss out.
Once the Kickstarter ends (February 3rd), I'll be sending out requests for which photos everyone wants to use. I'll need responses pretty quickly once I send out that request...but not until then!
Yes! There's a Facebook event page which will be updated as we get closer to 03.03.13! Here's the URL: http://www.facebook.com/events/187662664709646