Dear Kickstarter Community,
Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by. I’m Christina, a humanitarian and conservation photographer. I recently released PhotographyFor.com, a photography initiative for global issues, in which I will focus on both humanitarian and conservation topics at home and abroad. I intend to spearhead the inaugural project Spring 2016, which will focus on women’s rights in South(east) Asia, specifically Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal and India.
I am calling on you to help me give a voice to the voiceless*.
Women born into poverty stricken and/or crisis torn areas are often times the first to suffer from human rights discrimination. I wish to not only raise international awareness to women’s rights issues in developing parts of the world, but to give each woman I work with a voice.
* Voiceless: This is not to say that the women I will be working with do not have a voice, or opinions for that matter. It is to say, instead, that they do not have a platform to be heard to generate the change they want and need.
Photography For hopes to portray women both under and beyond their circumstances.
Through my personal travels and work in both remote East Africa and rural Asia, I have noticed a common theme: despite trying circumstances, the women I have encountered embody the soul of a survivor. It is my hope, then, that Photography For can capture the true human spirit of the women I work with by removing the label of victim and showcasing each woman and her individual story in a more complex and true to life portrayal.
Become an agent of change.
Today, women’s rights issues are at the forefront of talked about humanitarian issues. Together, we can keep the momentum going by shining a brighter light on the issues that deserve to be heard and advocated for.
Photography For believes both internal and external action are necessary for sustainable change.
The goal is to raise awareness in the international community for women’s rights issues to generate the necessary resources for local people to make sustainable changes for the improvement of women’s rights, which in turn equals the improvement of human rights overall.
Your support and contribution will provide the necessary means to kickstart Photography For and its first human rights initiative. It is my hope that your contribution leads to your investment in the project, and ultimately your support and advocacy of equal human rights for all.
Let's talk about Photography For Women's Rights.
Photography For's inaugural project will take place in Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal and India, in which multiple topics of women’s rights abuses and/or neglect will be spotlighted. In order to maintain project integrity and to ensure the safety of myself and those I will be working with, I cannot go into detail at this time. I do, however, wish to be as transparent as possible, and will release details at the appropriate time. Please e-mail me if you have any questions at hi[at]photographyfor.com and I will try to provide you with the best answer possible.
Here's what I can tell you.
The topics Photography For will be touching on are: women under religious persecution, women working with little to no labor rights, women facing the aftermath of natural disasters and women’s healthcare policies and practices in under-resourced areas.
And what I need you to know.
The quote above serves as a nod to the complexities of the broad issue of women’s rights. While it is Photography For’s aim to address each issue as systematically as possible, it is important to understand that each topic will be imbued with a multitude of complexities that may/may not be touched upon due to project limitations, such as time, language barriers, etc.
What makes this project unique?
Three key components make Photography For’s initiatives unique.
- 1. Each project is solely created by Photography For to ensure project integrity: Each project begins with an idea of a broad issue to focus on, which is researched and turned into a planned out and focused initiative. I personally find organizations to work with based on organization merit, a complex but necessary part of project planning, and will only promote organizations deemed capable of creating sustainable change.
- 2. Photography For follows the quick pace of social media, while visiting each location as long as possible: Each location will be visited for roughly four-weeks, which is longer than a typical photographic assignment, but short enough to keep up with the quick pace of social media. This is because Photography For is generated by social media activism, which seeks to make social changes through communicative technologies. With this method, I hope to bridge the gap between what the general public wants to see and the stories that are waiting to be told, steering away from typical humanitarian photographic essays, which often times highlight a small portion of the human condition and provide “stereotypical imagery.”
- 3. No project will ever truly conclude: Photography For aims to create long-lasting relationships with the organizations and the people it works with. Project imagery and related information will be showcased on Photography For’s ‘Projects’ section, which will be updated frequently for viewers, both old and new, to understand the issues in realtime. Portions* of the profit from associated prints and zines will always be donated to the organizations and people photographed.
*Portions: Remaining portions will be utilized to keep the momentum of Photography For going and will be funneled directly into past, present and future initiatives.
Let's talk funding.
Photography For Women’s Rights is a passion project, meaning I will NOT be receiving compensation for my services, rather I will be donating portions of profit from associated prints and zines to the organizations I will be working with.
Unfortunately, this is no cheap feat.
I want to be as transparent with you all as possible, so let's break it down:
- $1,200: Kickstarter collects a 5% fee for its services, and credit card processing may collect another 3-5%. To be safe, I will allot 10% to crowdfunding fees, which will leave me with $10,800.
- $6,000: This is a conservative estimate for four months of airfare, ground transportation and living costs.
- $1,500: Professional photography gear is no joke. It's imperative that I grab a few things before heading back into the field, such as a new flash kit, tripod, packs, etc.
- $1,300: This money will be set aside to create and distribute your pledge awards.
- $1,000: "Expect the best, prepare for the worst." This is me anticipating hiccups along the way. My wiggle room, so-to-speak.
- BUDGET UPDATE: I've recently been sponsored some gear, allowing me to shift budgetary allotments. This leaves me with $1,000, which will begin covering the costs discussed below in the Stretch Goal portion.
Stretch Goal: $15-20,000
This money will help me to:
- Allow me to visit more sites within each country I visit, ultimately leading to a more holistic understanding of each issue
- Hire private male drivers to help me travel incognito to sensitive locations
- Enable me to print and sell more project imagery, whose profits will funnel directly back into the women’s rights initiatives that we will be focusing on during this project and keep the momentum of Photography For going
All or nothing: the Kickstarter way.
If you're familiar with Kickstarter, then you're aware of the crowdfunding website's all or nothing policy. While risky - and honestly, quite terrifying -, I see this guideline as a great indicator of project success. Together, we can get this project off of the ground and cultivate an invested group of individuals who genuinely care for and want to promote human rights equality!
A plea from the heart.
Many, many thanks for your time and consideration. I hope that I have not only convinced you to get behind Photography For's first human rights initiative, but to become an advocate for positive change yourself. Together, we can help spotlight deserving issues and encourage a more conscious and tolerant world.
Thank you for stopping by,
Christina EM Holland
E-mail: email@example.com Phone: Available upon request
Risks and challenges
Due to the sensitivity of the topics at hand, I cannot go into project specifics at this time; however, I wish to be as transparent with you as possible. I can ensure you that I will release project details at the appropriate time. In the meantime, please e-mail me at hi[at]photographyfor.com if you have any questions at all.
I must also tell you all that internet connectivity may be limited while I am abroad from March until June. This may mean a delay in updates and e-mail responses. I apologize in advance for a delay in communication.
And lastly, I have done my best to account for common risks while working abroad, including illnesses, increased transportation fees, damaged or stolen gear, etc. Your contributions will greatly aid in negating these unwanted, often unforeseeable, project costs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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