New York photographers Mindy Veissid and RA Friedman believe that wherever you are there is fascinating raw material you can use to create eye-popping photographs. A study in contrasting ways of working and seeing, Veissid, whose camera of choice is a DSLR with a zoom lens, and RA Friedman, who shoots medium format b&w film with a 40 year-old fixed focal length Hasselblad, plan to artfully illustrate this idea by pushing it to its maximum while documenting and sharing their discoveries.
The camera work the two photographers will do promises to result in a new and resonant body of images filled with pairings of colorful and richly textured b&w photos. Veissid and Friedman will mutually agree on a subject, and will create contrasting renditions showcasing how each has a unique approach and photographic eye. The images will be presented side-by-side in a square coffee table book. The images in the form of a hardcover book as well archival inkjet prints will be available as pre-release premiums.
Mindy and RA will work with minimal camera equipment - 1 camera, 1 lens, no flash and no tripod. They will photograph intensely over 5 days in five random locales. On these jaunts they will also be doing short slide shows of their work and Q&A presentations in high schools and local community groups. They aim to bring their unique photographic techniques, methodologies and working philosophy directly to young photographers and creative enthusiasts, inspiring them to follow their own vision.
The below video is Mindy & RA presenting at the B&H Event Space on Nov 3rd, 2014. If you would like to see the project discussed, please fast forward to 54:20.
Funding covers cost of flights, lodging, rental car, fuel, tolls, entrance fees, film, film development, book production, ink/paper for prints and packaging/posting. It does not include stipends or food.
A hard-cover 12"x12" coffee table book illustrating 25 images side by side will be created for funders. For donations of $400 and higher Mindy and RA will personally autograph your copy.
The randomly picked locations to be visited and photographed are Steamtown, PA; Nez Pierce National Park, Idaho; The San Antonio River, near Galveston, TX; and Joshua Tree National Park, San Diego, CA.
The fifth location will be randomly picked from suggestions by project supporters and social media followers.
Watch the videos of how they chose their 4 locations here.
- Pennsylvania: January 12-16
- California: March 9-13
- Idaho: April 6-10
- Texas: May 4-8
- 5th location TBD June 1-5
A presentation about the project was given at the B&H Event Space in NYC on November 3rd. We had an amazing time!
Mindy & RA also presented in Philadelphia on November 5th at the beautiful landmark the Physick House. It was wonderful to meet and interact with everyone who attended.
Risks and challenges
Creatively and technically we are called on frequently to think on our feet. Mindy has been a fine art photographer since 2009 and educator since 2010. RA has run a vintage photo booth business since 2008 and often teaches. Mindy has a background in the corporate section and RA in the non-profit world.
We feel confident that challenges and risks will be limited. We have given ourselves enough time to allow for dates to change and for the prints and book to be readily available. Prints will be produced in-house. Books will be produced using an on-line service. Both these technologies and their work flows we are familiar with and are adept at using. We both are experienced teachers and professional photographers who often have to juggle multiple obligations.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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