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Brian AustinBy Brian Austin
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Brian AustinBy Brian Austin
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About

This is trying to raise funding for two Projects. The goal is to eventually publish the two series in their own 50 image books. I hope to finish these two series which are both a document of the people as subjects and myself. The two series envelop very important souls in my life. They are big reasons why I am the person I am today.

On Mother's Day weekend 2003, I got a call from a mutual friend telling me that one of my close friends and his family where in a terrible car accident. While they sat at a red light a semi truck rear ended their van going full speed. This turned their vehicle from a full size van to the size of a compact car. Inside the impact was even more horrific. My friend and his family all sustained major injuries, but he came out the worst. Through many tear-filled nights we waited for him to be brought back to consience. When he was brought to, at the age of 16 the accident left him paralyzed from the neck down.

At that moment my whole perspective on life changed. It knocked me down hard and taught me fast to be grateful for every moment we are given.

The title "Graced" refers to the idea that it was a miracle that everyone survived the accident.

In trying to find myself as a photographer I was watching a documentary on Sally Mann and she said "The things that are close to you are the things you can photograph the best...and unless you photograph what you love, you’re not going to make good art." It then dawned on me that what I was trying to find was always there in my life. While working on this series I started another.

"The Violinist" branched from the same insperation. From the age of 11 I took private violin lessons from this man. There I gained a love of classical music and learned many depths of what it meant to be a real artist.

As time passed, my own ability to play started to dwindle and at the age of 16 I quit playing. However, the friendship created remained. One aspect of his house that I loved was his collection of cameras. Upon inquiry about them he encouraged my intrests in the medium. Starting in 1999 I began my journey in photography and my camera has been part of me ever since.

His back started giving him many problems. After many attempted remedies and years later, a surgery complication left him confined to a wheel chair for most of his day. As a result, his strength limits him from the substantial amount of playing that he use to do. He still pushes himself through great pain to play the small amounts he can, and shares his love of music with students. Ultimately the series documents an artist putting art before pain because he loves what he does, but also shows the limits time puts on us all.

All my personal work branches from myself and the idea of creating work from the people you love. The present series are very much semi-autobiographical. It is my hope that the work inspires you as the people being photographed inspire me everyday. The funds raised will cover travel costs and allow me the time needed to finish the two series by the end of Summer. Any funds raised higher than my projected amount will be put right back into my work.

Thank you for you time, I look forward to hearing from you all.

BA

PS: When choosing the image you want to receive just tell me what number of the slide show images you want example "I want the first slide and the 8th."... ignore the "SS#" unless you are choosing the reward level that those numbers apply to. Also, anyone who donates will be added to a email list to keep informed on my future work.

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