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$570
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21
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, October 2 2013 7:41 PM UTC +00:00

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"Pearly Locks" featuring David Richardson
"Pearly Locks" featuring David Richardson

Legendary Children -- the new photo exhibit in Atlanta showcases the most subversive and glamorous drag queens in the Southeast. This Kickstarter turns my photographic work into a fun, affordable art product—trading (post)cards!

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For $10, you will receive a one-of-a-kind postcard in the mail. The postcards are 4x5 inches, printed on high-gloss photo paper, feature a message written just for you, and are perfect for framing.

For every $10 you spend you will get a new postcard. You will not receive any duplicate images. 

"Drag is an ancient art form. Cultures across the centuries have employed cross-dressing in both entertainment and spirituality. Drag points out the gendered dichotomy that divides our species; it expands our empathetic abilities. Drag disarms masculinity and honors femininity.

In our modern, American society, gay men are the carriers of this art form. They get to parade around as a completely different person for our entertainment. They get to prod us, make us uncomfortable by turning gender into a hyper-real sham.

In my work for “Legendary Children” I present drag for what it is—a surreal commentary on gender and power filled with glitter and feathers."

"Something for Everyone" featuring Violet Chachki
"Something for Everyone" featuring Violet Chachki

Film-based photography requires ample time, expense, and frustration; however, this artisanal craft grants me an art practice that connects my senses to the world and those around me. As a finite medium, I know I only have 24 frames to tell a story with beauty and flair. Film forces me to choose wisely, and good choices are rewarded with striking images.

The more I approach photography as a journey of self-discovery, the better my work becomes. The more I obsess over the final image because I want it to be “ART”, the worse my work becomes. Exquisite images contain the spark of truth that only comes from an open artist. My deepest challenge as an artist is to focus on my practice and not my product.

To force myself to approach photography as a journey, I began to use a surrealist-inspired photography technique. I shoot an entire roll of film, rewind it, reload it, and then reshoot it. I don't keep track of which images I shoot over (It wouldn't matter anyway—the frames never line up). I can snap at random, or I can fastidiously frame—but I never know what my final image will be. I cease to obsess over the final product, and I enjoy the process of photography much more.

"Blowback" featuring Evah Destruction and Miami Royale
"Blowback" featuring Evah Destruction and Miami Royale

The resulting images appear fantastical. Scale and proportion change with each shot, and these chance composites evoke a surreal, painterly beauty. I call these images “Exquisite Corpses” — named after the surrealist technique of producing art by chance. Each image seems to posses a unique narrative—but the story is ultimately determined by each individual viewer.

Recently, I began to use this process as I photographed my drag queen friends. Onstage and behind-the-scenes—they exude a strange and glamourous beauty. They make great models, and I thoroughly enjoy their glitzy glory as I photograph their world.

"Don't Cry for Me" featuring Jaye Lish
"Don't Cry for Me" featuring Jaye Lish

I am a gay artist, and I view my drag friends as my creative brethren. Their art form requires more talent and dedication than I could ever achieve, and I deeply respect them for that. To create (and perform) a fully-realized stage persona with a aesthetic of her own is more art than I could ever approach.

The images in this series represent some of the most talented individuals in my queer community. I use my art to support my friends and their art practice. Legendary Children has connected me to my community and I have become part of a cohort of many gifted artists. 

You can own part of my artistic exploration of the Atlanta drag community. Each $10 you spend will get you a postcard with a unique image and personalized message from me. Part art. Part trading cards. All glamour and fun. 

"But It's My Party" featuring Kryean Kally
"But It's My Party" featuring Kryean Kally

Risks and challenges

FAQ:

Q: What exactly are you funding?

A: The expense of taking film pictures for Legendary Children was spread out over many months. Add to that the cost of framing for the exhibit--I've already invested a lot of capital into this project. This Kickstarter uses my existing work to bring a fun product to a wide audience—I'll use the money to continue my art practice.

Q: Are you going to have to take pictures for all these orders?

A: All of the images I plan to use have already been shot and edited. As soon as this Kickstarter closes, I will immediately begin fulfilling orders! I have thousands of photos to choose from; however, I am ready to go out and shoot more if this Kickstarter takes off.

Q: Are these just your show cards or something from your printer?

A: No, they are way better! All postcards will be created using PostaGram--a fabulous service I've used before in the past. They are professionally printed (front and back) and mailed from Georgia.

Q: Can I get a specific photo?

A: Much like trading cards, you never know which one you will receive. However, since the artist will personally select each image, you will surely receive the perfect one for you.

Q: Are these the same images that will be exhibited in Legendary Children?

A: You might get a photo that will be featured in Legendary Children--or you might get a never-before-seen image too! I have a large portfolio, and I want to send out as many different images as possible.

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