About this project
This is not a complicated project. I want to do twelve pinup photo shoots. These will feature beautiful, sexy ladies using beautiful, iconic Asheville locations as backdrops. I will then use these photos to make a calendar for 2013. Each month will have a different theme, ranging from holidays (Christmas), to traditional pinup genres (glamour), to iconic representations and tropes of Asheville (burlesque, hippy, artist, etc.) There will also be postcards, posters, art prints, and t-shirts, but the focus is on the calendar.
I am doing this because it will be fun. It will be an act of joy, & pleasure, & beauty, both in creating it, and in the receiving of the creation. I am doing this because everyone needs more fun, joy, pleasure, and beauty in their lives.
A note about the pledge rewards- they don't stack. Pledging $26 for a calendar will not also get you all the rewards for pledging less amounts. Please keep that in mind, and choose your pledges accordingly. Please also keep in mind that you can make more than one pledge, so if you want the calendar and you want to show up for one of the photo shoots, simply make two pledges, one for each reward.
The goal for this Kickstarter campaign is $5100, which will cover a run of 200 calendars. If I receive substantially more money, here are some of the things it might go to:
-More calendars, naturally.
-More models. Every month could potentially have two, three or more models in it. My dream is vast tableaux of models, draped over the Asheville landscape. But I'd settle for a couple more.
-A smartphone app. I'll get one of the many clever fellows in town to make an app featuring all the pictures, for iPhone and Android and whatnot.
-A documentary. It won't be epic or anything, but a behind-the-scenes featurette might be fun.
Risks and challenges
There are a number of interesting things that will need to be done for this project to be a success. I'll need to hire all the models. I'll need to get all the themes, accessories, and equipment worked out. I'll need to shoot them all. I'll need to have every photo inspected, edited, corrected, and formatted. I'll need to have the calendars, postcards, art prints, posters, and t-shirts printed. I'll need to arrange distribution for all the merchandise that isn't pre-ordered. And I'll need to arrange all this so that the calendars (and other things) are in your hands and in stores by no later than December 7th. So, time is a factor, and there is a risk I won't get all this done on time.
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Another risk is in the content matter. Asheville is pretty liberal with what can be shown, and shot, in public. However, it is entirely another matter as to if the police and people who might run across a photo shoot _know_ how liberal this town can be. There will be no closed sets, no cordoned off areas. These photos will be taken out in the city and in nature, not in a studio behind closed doors. We get in, take the shots we need, and get out. Guerrilla photography. That is a risk. That is a challenge. And it is one I am ready to face.
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