Here’s the kicker:
I am a photographer that is in love with basketball.
This project is like my basketball baby.
"1 Goal, Many Faces" is a 150 page publication featuring striking images taken from various street and ‘home-made” basketball courts. The project started a student observation and slowly developed into a quiet obsession with photographing the graphic scenes.
For the past 4 years, I have been traveling, mostly across the South, GA, AR, TN, AL, to name a few states, taking pictures of various scenes from street basketball courts. One of the things that draws me in and feeds my obsession with the “street court” is the just the rawness of the court. You have the concrete, maybe have a fence, but in the background you have the smells and sounds of every day life as the soundtrack. All in all the untold and unheard stories.
These images transcend metal and fabric work, they represent dreams, sweat, and tears. In the pursuit of chasing those dreams, there WILL be sweat and there may be tears.
I began this project as an investigation. I intended to make every scene unique even though there are mostly comprised of the exact same things: typically, concrete, a fence, a goal post, a back board, & a rim.
The more I began to become emotionally connected with these images it causes me to think about my own individuality but how I am connected on many levels to everyone I meet. Live and let live. This project is definitely about respect and so many other things that comes along with relating to other people.
These "goals" are their own unique entity. They are a part of a universal language that represents teamwork, discipline, and having trust in the abilities and strengths of others.
Here is the Fourth Quarter game plan:
I have crunched the numbers, this is a general insight to the ‘steak & potatoes’ that will lead us to Victory!!
Post Production Costs: $15,500 Including lab time, printing images, prepping images, paper, binding & other general publication expenses
Traveling Expenses: $7500 I still have roughly 10-15 courts (~%15 of the images that make up the final publication) to visit and photograph. This money will be used to cover general traveling expenses, accommodations, gasoline, rental cars, cab fees & lodging, etc.
Kickstarter Rewards and Prizes: $8500 Of course, providing the rewards for the wonderful people who contribute to making this a successful project is one of the key components to us getting the “W”. This will include the actual rewards and postage and things of that nature.
Kickstarter/ Amazon Cut: roughly $3500 or 5% I will be forever indebted to the awesome people at KickStarter for creating a way for my dream to come to fruition & making it possible to connecting with great people like you! They deserve it!
Risks and challenges
The primary risk that I see with this project is actually selling my book because I am an up & coming photographer trying to make a splash in the ever evolving "Photography/Art" world. I have been working and photographing diligently for the past few years.
I am mostly working on the post-production independently with the assistance of local businesses. I am confident that with my local support system we can spark interest in this dynamic project.
I am prepared to sell my books anywhere I am welcomed, and I won't mind loading my car down with books & going door-2-door in order to do it.
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