The first part of this campaign was successful, thankfully, but due to how long it takes for the money to get released (up to 3 weeks before it makes it into my account) and the short time I had to raise funds (6 weeks) I decided to do this in two parts. That way if the first part was successful I would have money to start the journey and another influx of money during the middle to help fund the last part and keeping some money available to cover all my bills back home. I have changed some of the rewards and added a couple different ones. Additional pictures of the new rewards are located at the bottom of the main story, which is what was from the first part.
I have been offered, and of course, accepted an Artist in Residence
position at Badlands National Park. I will be arriving to the park
March 14th and will stay there until April 27th. My hope is to drive
down to Dallas to pick my son up from college and make a short road trip
with him as well.
During my residency I will be taking a number
of pictures using different styles and techniques which will include
HDR, long exposure star trails, possibly some astrophotography and
traditional black and white film.
HDR photography is where you
take multiple exposures and use software to combine the images to create
a final image that is closer to what our eyes see rather than the muted
details of standard photographic images. (Well, that was it's original
intention but is often used differently now to give a highly dramatic
image with a lot of contrast).
The Badlands has some great rock
formations that will be a great foreground for taking some star trail
shots during the nights where moonlight isn't too bright. Also, if I
can get my hands on a better telescope it is a great location to
photograph celestial objects as there is not as much light pollution
My beginnings lie with black and white film and I am
wanting to bring my film camera as well as my DSLR camera to shoot. I
will need to bring the equipment and materials to develop the film as I
will be loading my own canisters. After I return I will make some time
to get into my darkroom and create some prints. I haven't included any
of these in the reward structure specifically as I will need to make
some time to do the work and not 100% sure if I'll get to printing
before winter arrives.
As with all of my work, I like to think
outside the box when it comes to my printing, which I do myself. My
goal for this trip is to come up with some limited edition mixed media
pieces that combine metallic paper prints with leatherwork. An
interpretation of the scene will be carved into the leather surrounding
the picture and each print will be limited to 10 pieces, though each one
in the run of 10 will be different from the others as these are all
created by hand. I will be donating one of these to Badlands National
Park in exchange for hosting me.
The Artist in Residency is not a
paid program. They do furnish me with an efficiency apartment for my
stay and a $300 stipend. I am responsible for all of my travel
expenses, food, materials to create my artwork, etc. While there, I
will be teaching two classes to local schools or to some high school
students who are staying there for a week as part of their program,
which I am also responsible for any equipment and materials needed. (Not
to mention covering all my normal monthly bills without drawing a
paycheck) A breakdown of some of the expenses are:
Gas: Round trip
it is approximately 2400 miles of driving from my house to Badlands
National Park. If gas goes up to $4/gallon this will run me
Food: I will have the ability to cook my own
foods, which helps a lot, but it will still run $4-500 for the 7 weeks
I'll be gone. Total: $900
Lodging while there though I may need to
stop somewhere while driving if I can't/don't drive straight through,
so let's say $100. Total $1,000
Mixed Media Prints: To do the
initial pieces of the leather/photographic prints I am estimating that
it will cost me $3,000 of materials. Total: $4,000
Film: I have decided that I will be adding a film aspect to this project, both landscape and astrophotography. My plan is to buy a bulk roll of Ilford B/W film and will develop the film while on my residency instead of trying to transport it and worry about damage or heat. This adds another $300+ that will be needed to get the film, chemicals and paper for printing as I will be making 11x14 prints on fiber paper and then treating them with selenium to make them highly archival.
The park is also giving me access to their two telescopes to use while there. I intend to use both the film and digital cameras to take pictures of the moon, maybe some solar system objects and some deep space objects.
I will be
discussing with the park and the teacher who is bringing the students
out there about what lessons will be the best ones for me to do. This
can run anywhere from just a few dollars to a few hundred if we do
something with leatherwork.
So, as you can see, this project of
being an Artist in Residence is a costly venture to do. I am doing it
no matter if this funding project will succeed or not as I've already
accepted the position, which is also why I have used the lowest amount
possible. Any help that I can receive will just make it a little easier
to do. This is my passion and what I want to succeed in and getting
accepted to this position is a good step to success and I want to do
everything possible to make sure this venture is a true success!
Some of these examples I had used a sewing machine on, which I will never do again! I really do not like the look so all the stitching will look like the flask with the turkey on it.
Leather mini bar:
Thanks for reading all of this and I hope you will help make this project even more successful than the first one. If this project reaches $1,000 a special bonus reward will be offered to all backers of both projects that are helping to fund my Artist in Residence at Badlands National Park. Other bonus rewards will be offered once the first one is reached.