My aim for this project is simple: To complete my Icelandic body of work, and to produce from it a well-crafted, limited edition boxed portfolio as an artifact of that work.
My intent is to work with Dreaming Mind Bindery, an amazing organization in the San Francisco Bay Area, to produce the cloth-covered portfolio boxes. The prints themselves will be produced at my studio on archival materials. The set will include at least twelve prints, each roughly 14x10 inches. A primary use of any additional funds raised by this project will be to increase the number of images, perhaps to sixteen, for not only the boxed portfolio set but also the small books and eBook editions.
History: How I Came to Iceland
In 2006 I took an expedition to Greenland and Svalbard, and discovered that that journey would leave me "off the ship" at Keflavik, Iceland. Having wanted to explore Iceland for years, I realized there was no way I could just fly home, and I spent a long week traveling around the country and photographing.
My results astonished me--not only was Iceland a beautiful and photogenic place, but there was a consistent set of colors and themes--far different than my previous work, far different than my work from various parts of the US, Patagonia, and the Arctic. Something was working. I went back again in 2007, then again in 2010, and then again in 2012, and during that time presented some of that work in a pair of well-received exhibitions.
Earlier this year, I was awarded an artist residency at Gullkistan in Southwest Iceland, for the month of January 2014. This is an incredible opportunity, as it provides a warm room, bed, and studio space for me to work in, however....
However, there are additional costs. Air travel came in at US$1233, and I was able to bring the cost of a 4WD rental down to USD$1135. I've budgeted a total of US$550 for gas/diesel expenses, and US$506 for the creation of the first portfolio box. These figures do not include the costs to produce other awards or their shipping, Kickstarter fees or a number of incidental equipment purchases that trip will require.
The Daily Residency Blog
I expect to be able to blog daily during January 2014 recounting my experiences, processes and challenges in completing the "shooting" part of this project. Access to this daily essay will be available to all donors either via blog and email. Upon my return from Iceland, I'll continue posting (but probably not daily) there to provide additional updates on the production of the limited edition portfolios, as well as the other rewards.
Update (taken from Update #2, includes stretch goal so replicated here)
First, again, thank you. Hitting my funding target in 46 hours was amazing. There was, I kid you not, jumping up and down.
And now, in fine Kickstarter tradition, it's time for a stretch goal. I believe that the portfolio, small book, and eBook are going to be wonderful even at the specifications give above, but I know from experience that moving to a fourteen-image group of work, rather than a twelve, will almost certainly allow me to create an even richer experience in the portfolio, the small book, and the eBook.
Should we hit $4500, I'll expand the portfolio, small book and eBook rewards to a fourteen image set of work rather than twelve. In addition, I'll include a copy of the eBook at the print, small book, and boxed portfolio award levels.
And as of October 14th, this stretch goal appears to have been met. Hooray!
Risks and challenges
The first challenge that remains is an artistic one, creating additional images to fill the remaining gaps in this body of work. With the full month-long residency I've been offered, and with the large amount of work already "in the can", I believe this goal can easily be met.
Working in January in Iceland to complete those images will come with very real challenges and dangers--the roads in the area I'll be living in are only plowed twice a week, and icy and impassible roads will likely slow my work at some point in the month. I have, however, worked in Iceland in January before, and with solid cold-weather gear, caution, and a 4WD vehicle I believe these challenges can be met. Moreover, I hope the long winter nights provide opportunities to include the elusive aurora within the project.
Production of the final portfolios will involve a good deal of work. Most of that work is of a type I've had experience with as a printer and photographer, the exception being the production of the presentation box. By working with Dreaming Mind, who has decades of experience in the field, I believe that these risks are minimal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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