My Story: Hi! Thank you for checking out my Kickstarter project. I am Athea Eberhardt. I am a fine art photographer and I am here to raise the money to update my artist booth and be able to show my photography at art festivals this year. I am needing to add a lighting system (so if it is cloudy or I am under a tree my prints are not in shadow), new display furniture (a table, a print rack, and chairs), prints of my new work, and the cover cost of entry fees for the festivals.
In 2013, with your help, I successfully funded my first Kickstarter campaign to start showing my photographs at art festivals. The first year, I displayed my work at numerous festivals around the Atlanta area, learning a lot about what works, what doesn’t and I met a lot of amazing people. Through the festivals, I have met and displayed with The Art of Touch in Atlanta, the Avalon with Alpha Arts Guild in Alpharetta, GA, and The Summer Serendipity show at the Johns Creek Art Center . In 2014, I was awarded an Honorable Mention and the Best of Photography award at two Atlanta festivals. I have been published in the Photogrpaher’s Forum 2015 and 2016 annuals. I was also asked to speak at the World Affairs Council Young Leader’s conference in 2015 about being an artis t in Atlanta, having to face my fears of speaking in front of a large crowd.
I was raised in rural Iowa and grew up attending art shows with my father, John Eberhardt, who is a wildlife oil painter. I moved away from home to attend The Art Institute of Atlanta and graduated with my BFA in photographic imaging. My father is the one who encouraged me to follow in his footsteps and start showing my work at festivals. It is wonderful to be able to share this journey with him. We are in the works of trying to apply and attend our first show together in Iowa City, Iowa this summer.
My Work: I call my style of photography allegorical portraiture. I tell a story or a piece of a story with each my images. The location is just as important as the model in each photograph. I love vintage costuming and treasures. I spend hours combing thrift stores and researching locations to bring each vision to life. Feedback at my previous festivals has inspired to pursue a more digital illustration look with my work. This means I spend more time in post-production using textures and colorization to help give each of my image a more “dreamlike” feel. Since my last Kickstarter campaign, I expanded upon my “Dreams” image, creating a “Dream Family” series, which is available in my rewards. I have also pushed that concept further with creating digital illustrations in color with my Written in the Stars, Passion Tree, and Tadasana image, also all available in my rewards.
Thank you again! Please let me know if you have any questions.
Risks and challenges
I do not foresee any major risks with my project. I will be using a local printer for most of the rewards and have recently run test prints through the companies that will be handling the metal prints and gallery wrapped canvas.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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