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A fine art photography project that delves into studies of natural beauty in contrast with man-made decay.
A fine art photography project that delves into studies of natural beauty in contrast with man-made decay.
A fine art photography project that delves into studies of natural beauty in contrast with man-made decay.
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THE PROJECT

INTRO

My name is Brian Cattelle and I want to invite you to be a part of my photography project BARE USA.  BARE USA is a nationwide fine art photography project that delves into the study of natural beauty in contrast with man-made decay.  This contrast is explored by photographing nude models in abandoned locations nationwide.

Behind the scenes at the Nike Missile Base in Miami FL
Behind the scenes at the Nike Missile Base in Miami FL

MY GOAL

My goal is to photograph one model in one location in each of the 50 United States.  Over the past summer I had successful shoots in 30 states giving me a huge catalogue of images I’m sure you’re going to love. After photographing in the remaining 20 states I will publish a digital and hard cover book of the entire collection.  I will also continue to display my work in multiple fine art galleries and shows. 

Click here to see the popular images you can choose from when you make a pledge!
Click here to see the popular images you can choose from when you make a pledge!
Click to see the Kickstarter Exclusive collection available only to kickstarter backers!
Click to see the Kickstarter Exclusive collection available only to kickstarter backers!
The 4 downloadable images you get with the $5 pledge
The 4 downloadable images you get with the $5 pledge

THE VALUE

So what is the value in being a part of a project like BARE USA?  First and foremost, to make art, to create something beautiful where there once was nothing, to produce new compelling images that spark the spirit of adventure, to ignite the imagination and to evoke emotion.

I love the excitement that comes from exploring and photographing these forbidden landscapes of decay and I want to share that with you.  These crumbling structures create compositions that are difficult to find anywhere else.  There’s also something quite compelling and inherently beautiful about the natural shapes of the female form. I'm not talking about the false ideals we have been force fed through popular media. I’m talking about real women, as they are, as there meant to be, naturally beautiful in every way. Right from the start I have loved everything about this project and I wouldn't forgive myself if I didn't see it through to the end.

 See one of my many location scout videos

On a personal level I aim to challenge my discomfort with nudity, the presence of it, photographing it and discussing it.  Nudity is natural and I want to show that it’s safe to embrace it.  I also hope to prove that I can build trust with people fostering an environment where we are willing to work in the most challenging situations, going above and beyond, to get amazing shots. I want to tell interesting stories about people and places across the United States in a unique way and I believe I‘m doing just that.

I’m also curious to see if it’s even possible to create a tasteful book consisting entirely of nude women in abandoned places, taking a seemingly taboo even cliché subject and approaching it with a totally new perspective.  So far I’m proving that is possible because my work attracts a surprisingly broad and diverse audience which is something I’m very proud of.

Showing off my work an the Nude Nite Orlando art show
Showing off my work an the Nude Nite Orlando art show

CHALLENGES

There’s many challenges along this journey; one being that I’m not the first to photograph nude women in abandoned places, but I am the first to do so on such a large scale.  What’s more is that the focus isn't just on the models but often on the locations themselves.  This creates compositions that blend the models into the surrounding environments.  As a result the audience really has to explore the photos before they realize there’s a nude figure there.  Once discovered they are rewarded with an oasis of beauty amongst the chaos and destruction.

Click here to see a map of the photoshoot locations
Click here to see a map of the photoshoot locations

There are also dangers along the way beyond the crumbling structures, asbestos, and broken glass. I might come across some wild animals, dangerous people or even have a run in with the law from time to time.  These are challenges I have to be realistic and careful about.  

MY QUALIFICATIONS

What qualifies me to do this project is my passion and drive.  I have never been more determined in my life.  I have won a number of contest like The International Fine Art Photography Contest, I've displayed my art in art in nationally recognized art shows like Nude Nite Orlando; I've even been featured in major news outlets like the Miami New Times and on the NBC Detroit nighttime news.  I have accomplished a lot and have a proven track record of success.  These accolades and more have built my resume and this project to a level at which I am confident I can finish what I started.

Click here to see the news story from Detroit
Click here to see the news story from Detroit

HOW WILL I COMPLETE THIS PROJECT

How will I be able to complete this project? I’m already over halfway there. All I really need now is enough funding and support to photograph in the remaining 20 states.  I have already researched and mapped out all the locations I want to photograph, I have hundreds of models interested in working on this project and I have lots of places to stay along the way.  I have the plan, the passion and the vision.  The money I need will help pay for at least 20 models, food, gas, and a few airline tickets. I also need a little wiggle room for the unexpected, like car repairs. Any money raised beyond my goal will go towards the cost of publishing the final book. I've poured every last penny I have into this, I just need a little bit more to get me to the end.

YOUR PLEDGE AND REWARDS!

I hope that I have really sparked your interest in being a part of BARE USA.  There are a number of ways you can contribute and support this project. I have many beautiful fine art gallery prints available from the 30 states I have already visited.  All of these prints are limited editions signed and numbered. There are many options to choose from ranging from large prints to smaller post card prints, even downloadable digital files.  If you're patient you can reserve a copy of the final book in hard cover or digital format.  You can get special signed copies of the book or be included in the credits if you like.  You can even sponsor a state and have your name live on forever as a major part of the project. And there are a number of other options available that are sure to match the contribution level you are comfortable with.

An example of what the book cover might look like
An example of what the book cover might look like

SHARE IT WITH OTHERS

If your budget is tight but you still want to help there is much you can do.  You can help spread the word about my project by sharing it with your friends, by encouraging others to contribute, and by posting it everywhere.  You can offer me a place to stay on my journey and you can even show me some of your local abandoned locations. I am truly grateful for whatever you can do.

THANK YOU

In the end I really just want to bring something beautiful to this world and I strongly believe that by teaming up with you we can do just that.

Click here to see the BARE USA Full Collection.  All of these images are available to you at a deeply discounted rate!
Click here to see the BARE USA Full Collection. All of these images are available to you at a deeply discounted rate!
Click here to see the BARE USA kickstarter exclusive collection.  These images are available to kickstarter backers only!
Click here to see the BARE USA kickstarter exclusive collection. These images are available to kickstarter backers only!
The 4 downloadable images you get with the $5 pledge
The 4 downloadable images you get with the $5 pledge

MORE ABOUT THE PRINTS

About Metallic Paper: Kodak ENDURA Metallic paper has a glossy finish and metallic appearance that creates images with exceptional visual interest and depth. This paper offers century-plus image stability.

Limited Edition: Each size of each print comes in a limited edition. That means once the limit for prints in that size in reached, no more will ever exist ever, so get them while you can.

Authentication: All prints have a 1 inch border.  Each print is signed and numbered within the border. All prints come with a certificate of authenticity that is also signed and thumb printed.

Watermark: All prints are free of any watermarks or logos.  I feel it's important to mention this because all the images on this website feature watermarks but your prints will NOT have any whatsoever.

First Pledge First Serve:  Limited edition prints are available on a first pledge first serve basis.  This means those who pledge first get first dibs on available prints.  This could happen in the  event everyone wants the same print but there are so many options that this is very unlikely.

Signed & Numbered Prints with Certificates of Authenticity
Signed & Numbered Prints with Certificates of Authenticity

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR PRINTS

Click here to find the prints you like in the BARE USA Full Collection or Click here to see the BARE USA Kickstarter Exclusive Collection. After the campaign is over I will send out a questionnaire to all who have made orders.  In this questioneer I will ask which print you specifically want.  After that I send you the print! 

MORE ABOUT THE BOOK 

The final book will include a minimum of 150 pages of fine art images from the BARE USA collection. I have a huge collection of images I have not released, and even more yet to be captured.  There will be much more to see.  

Each page of this book will tell a unique story of the forgotten past or an exciting story about recent adventures. Each page is a new and exciting landscapes to explore.

No expenses will be spared as this book will be of the highest quality possible.  Your book will also come signed and numbered and include a certificate of authenticity.

An example of what the book might look like when published
An example of what the book might look like when published

 MORE ABOUT SPONSORING A STATE

When you sponsor a state for a the BARE USA project you are getting in on the ground floor of an ambitious project that will reach millions. You can get a lot of recognition through a wide range of channels including but not limited to BARE USA’s social media outlets, videos, website, and of course the final digital and print publication. By being featured as a sponsor in the final publication the recognition of your participation will last as long as the pages in the book do!

Our media outlets include the website, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the final publication of the book itself. Anyone and everyone who follows or comes across the BARE USA project will know you played a major roll in its success!

On top of all of this you will also receive the extra rewards that total over $600 in value!  Please note:  Sponsorship for specific states are available on a first pledge first serve basis.  This means those who pledge first get first dibs on available states.  This is likely to happen because only one person can sponsor each state so have a few backup choices in mind. The sooner you pledge the better position you will be in to secure the state you want.

MY FAVORITE / MOST POPULAR IMAGES

One of the biggest challenges with this project is choosing my favorite images.  I love them all, I really do. This is why you have so many prints available to choose from and it's hard for me not to offer more.  Some might say I offer too much already. That being said I do have some favorites. Below are the images in the collection I absolutely fallen in love with and they seem to be striking a cord with my audience as well.  I'm sure these will be the first to sell out.

Abandoned Hospital 01 | St. Marie MT
Abandoned Hospital 01 | St. Marie MT
United Methodist Church 01 | Gary IN
United Methodist Church 01 | Gary IN
Baury Building 15 | Philadelphia PA
Baury Building 15 | Philadelphia PA
ACME Coke Plant 06 | Chicago IL
ACME Coke Plant 06 | Chicago IL
Marina Stadium 01 | Key Biscayne FL
Marina Stadium 01 | Key Biscayne FL

Risks and challenges

RISK TO THOSE PLEDGING FOR A FINE ART PRINT
There is no risk at all to those who pledge for a fine art print. All of the art prints you can choose from are ready to go, so once the campaign is over you are guaranteed to get your fine art print as soon as possible. Remember prints are available on a first pledge first serve basis. It is possible that the photo you want could sell out but the chance of this happening is unlikely. That being said it's a good idea to have a second choice in mind.

RISK TO THOSE PLEDGING FOR A FINAL COPY OF THE BOOK
Those who pledge for a copy of the final book also have minimal risk. I have priced the books at a rate so that I can afford to have a short run of very special edition books just for you. This is included in my budget. I will probably run another kickstarter to raise money for mass production of the BARE USA book once I have photographed all of the states but this has no bearing on current backers. The biggest risk here is completing the project as a whole, which I explain in greater detail below.

RISK TO THOSE WHO PLEDGE TO SPONSOR A STATE
The biggest risk here is that you are not able to sponsor the state you had hoped for. The sponsor a state options is on a first pledge basis meaning those who pledge first get first choice on the available states. Once a state is sponsored is no longer available to anyone else. All websites and social media outlets are in place and running smoothly, gaining more traffic every day so your shout outs are sure to be heard loud and clear. The other risks are the same as those stated above and below.

RISK OF PROJECT COMPLETION
The risk of not completing the project is minimal. There are many challenges but little risk. There may be locations I am unable to shoot at but there are an abundance of abandoned locations in every state so an alternative is always available. There is no shortage of models interested in participating in this project so if one should cancel there are always others available.

If my truck breaks down I will fix it.

Should I be injured during my exploration of these somewhat dangerous structures, I will heal and I will continue on. I do have health insurance.

MY PERSONAL GUARANTEE
The biggest assurance for the completion of this project is my drive. Nothing will stop me from seeing this project all the way through.

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    THE EMAIL EXCLUSIVE

    A big thank you for your support and a personal email with 4 hi resolution photos from my latest shoot from Florida (as featured in the video) for you to download. You can do whatever you want with these images so long as you don't sell them. Print them, hang them, use them as wallpaper on your computer if you like.

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    THE POST CARD

    A 5.5 x 8.5 inch signed post card of your choice. Printed on pearl metallic paper with a UV coating. These post cards are so nice you could frame them.

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    THE DIGITAL BOOK

    Along with a big thank you for your support you will receive the full collection of BARE USA in digital book form. That's at least 150 high quality images on any device.

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    THE EMAIL / DIGITAL BOOK COMBO PACK

    Get the 4 downloadable images from my most recent shoot in Florida (as featured in the video) plus another 5 exclusive photos emailed to you from random states as I journey across the country. You can do whatever you want with these images so long as you don't sell them. Print them, hang them, use them as wallpaper on your computer if you like.

    You will also receive the full collection of BARE USA in digital book form. That's 150 high quality images on any device. This may be the best reward of all.

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    THE 8 x 12 LIMITED EDITION

    8 x 12 metallic print from the existing BARE USA collection. Each image is a limited edition of 100. Each print is signed, numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity. This price is only available to kickstarter backers.

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    THE 12 x 18 LIMITED EDITION

    12 x 18 metallic print from the existing BARE USA collection. Each image is a limited edition of 50. Each print is signed, numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity. This price is only available to kickstarter backers.

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    BUY TWO GET ONE FREE

    Buy two 12 x 18 inch metallic prints get one free. Choose any of the prints from the existing BARE USA collection. Each image is a limited edition of 50. Each print is signed, numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity. This price is only available to kickstarter backers.

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    THE PRINT / BOOK SUPER COMBO

    Receive a high quality limited edition of the BARE USA hardcover book personally signed and numbered. These books will be printed on the highest quality paper and feature at least 150 photographs from the entire BARE USA collection. You even receive the digital version so you can take it with you anywhere.

    Also get an 12 x 18 inch metallic print from the existing BARE USA collection. Each image is a limited edition of 50. Each print is signed, numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity. This price is only available to kickstarter backers.

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    THE 20 x 30 LIMITED EDITION

    Get an 20 x 30 inch metallic print the existing BARE USA collection. Each image is a limited edition of 27. Each print is signed, numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity. This price is only available to kickstarter backers.

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    THE 24 x 36 LIMITED EDITION

    Get an 24 x 36 inch metallic print the the existing BARE USA collection. Each image is a limited edition of 23. Each print is signed, numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity. This price is only available to kickstarter backers.

    You will also make it into the credits as a major contributor to the project.

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    THE 30 x 45 LIMITED EDITION

    Get an 30 x 45 inch metallic print the the existing BARE USA collection. Each image is a limited edition of 13. Each print is signed, numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity. This price is only available to kickstarter backers.

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    SPONSOR A STATE

    When you sponsor a state you will be recognized all over the place! We will give you recognition in the final book under the state you have sponsored. Note that this is not in the credit found in the back of the book but on the actual page for that state, separate from anyone else. You will be recognized on the BARE USA website, and in all of the BARE USA social media outlets!

    You will also receive a signed hard cover copy limited edition of the book, the digital version of the book and a signed limited edition 24 x 36 inch print from the state you are sponsoring.

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