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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.

Thank you!

~dave (www.davewoodphotography.com)

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.

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    One limited edition 2x3" roller derby "printette". I'll be creating a set of unique miniature prints. These super-thick prints are the same size as a business card, but are 3x thicker than a traditional business card and are printed on beautiful textured paper. Each printette will feature a single B&W derby photograph on the front and a unique card number on the back. I also plan to hand-sign the back of each one.

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    One limited edition 2x3" roller derby "printette" (see above). At the $10 level, YOU choose which image you want (first come, first served -- I'll only be printing one copy of each image in this first printing).

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    FOUR limited edition 2x3" roller derby "printettes" (see above). YOU help shape the collection by choosing any four images you want (first come, first served -- I'll only be printing one copy of each image in this first printing).

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    The 4 "printettes" listed under the $25 reward PLUS one limited edition 8x12" fine art roller derby print (numbered and signed). The photo will be of your choosing. These fine art images are printed by one of the most respected printmakers in Colorado, using beautiful archival paper and inks. (NOTE: Some images will be 8x8" or 8x10" rather than 8x12" depending on the aspect ratio of the photo).

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    TEN limited edition 2x3" roller derby "printettes" (see above). YOU help shape the collection by choosing any ten images you want (first come, first served -- I'll only be printing one copy of each image in this first printing).

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    The 4 "printettes" listed under the $25 reward PLUS one limited edition 8x12" fine art roller derby print (numbered and signed) presented in an archival, museum-quality 16x20" mat. The photo will be of your choosing. These fine art images are printed by one of the most respected printmakers in Colorado, using beautiful archival paper and inks. (NOTE: Some images will be 8x8" or 8x10" rather than 8x12" depending on the aspect ratio of the photo).

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    The 4 "printettes" listed under the $25 reward PLUS you get to choose one of the images to be included in the exhibit. The photo of your choosing will be printed and matted as described under the $100 reward. It will then be framed for exhibit. After the show comes down, I'll pack up the framed photo and send it to you.

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    The 4 "printettes" listed under the $25 reward PLUS you get to choose one of the images to be included in the exhibit. The photo of your choosing will be presented as described under the $250 reward, but bigger -- the image will be approximately 20x30", framed to 30x40". After the show comes down, I'll pack up the framed photo and send it to you. (NOTE: Not all images are of sufficient resolution to print at this size. If your first choice doesn't work, I'll work with you to find one that does.)

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