Thank you for reading about my Kickstarter project, The Petals Projects - Gallery Prints.
I have created this Kickstarter project as a result of a situation that is unique for me in my 20 years experience as a professional photographer. The demand for my photographic prints, from galleries and other retail venues, is far out pacing my ability to fund the prints for all those who want them.
I am asking your help to pay for the prints for two of those shows. In return for your help, not only will you have my thanks, but you will get a signed print from my Petals Project that I believe you will find beautiful and which may just go up in value one of these days.
Thank you again. If you would like to read further, I have given more details about myself, the Petals Project and the exact need for and planned used of funds from Kickstarter.
By the way, you can see the Petals Project images at www.bradrickerby.com.
Colors move me.
I have been a professional photographer for the past 20 years and involved in the world of photography all of my life.
Previously, I created images filled with color (and light and movement) photographing the night streets of the great cities of the world: London, Paris, Venice, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai and many more.
The images from my life’s work have been published in virtually every major magazine in the world, have hung in shows at Duke, Pitt and the Smithsonian and have been used in numerous advertising campaigns.
Now I have turned my camera to capture the most unimaginably stunning colors that exist, those of nature’s flowers.
I work to capture the flower’s beauty in a new way, to reveal that beauty so that others are moved to smile, to be a little happier and to have a little bit of brightness brought into their day. The colors bring me happiness as well.
The flowers are illuminated so that their texture and form can be studied. The relative transparencies of the petals are also revealed through my process. Just how delicate each flower and each petal of the flower is becomes remarkably clear.
When I have finished with the study of the single flower, I remove the petals of that flower and combine them with the petals of other flowers. I create paintings with the petals and photograph these “Flower Paintings”. I follow classical and modern painterly rules of color theory and composition. As much as possible, I try to mimic the palettes of painters I love from the impressionistic, post-impressionist and abstract schools of painting. I borrow ideas from Monet, Hans Hoffman, Gerhard Richter, Cezanne, Turner, Rothko and so many more that I dearly love.
The works are unique. They beg the question, “are they paintings using the flower petals as paint and the camera (and digital image) as simply the method of delivery?” Or are the creations simply photographs of beautiful colors? In the end, what matters is that the colors move me, and move others too, I hope.
The distinction may not matter in practice. The photographs are in high demand at galleries and other retail venues. So much so that I have run out of funds supplying these venues with framed prints while we wait for consumer demand to catch up with outlets that want to sell the images.
This is why I am on Kickstarter today. I am here to get the funds to print more images. I am having a show in August in Newport RI. I am in discussions with two other venues, one in Westport, CT, the other in New Milford, CT. Each of these venues needs prints. And I need more prints after that to bring to other locations.
To date I have spent about $5,000 supplying prints to venues in West Hartford, New Canaan, Guilford and Westbrook (all in Connecticut).
It costs $1,500 to create a show for each location. That is $150 per framed 11 x 14” print for ten prints). To create shows for Newport RI and one of the two locations in Connecticut will cost $3,000, which is the amount I am trying to fund on Kickstarter (plus the fees charged by Kickstarter and Amazon for getting me the money). Should I get funding beyond the $3,000 I will either increase the size of the prints to be shown or create more prints for still more locations.
A word about the rewards for contributions. All of the printing for my shows is being done on aluminum with silver framing. Ink is actually infused into the surface of the metal, so I am told. The results are spectacular and unique. The flower colors explode and are very saturated. The process emphasizes the petal's luminosity, which compliments the look that I strive to create. It is a wonderful match of media to technique.
- (20 days)