I love Portland. The original Portland – Portland, Maine. And anyone who has ever laid eyes on this place has to agree that it's visually stunning.
I'm working on a large format photographic series capturing the historic City's unique character. And I'm going back to the pot with another Kickstarter project to assist with costs. This one follows my successful campaign in 2010 to help fund a series documenting the Portland Waterfront. Now I have my goal set a little higher, and my camera pointed at a much greater area.
Largely thanks to the support of 32 generous backers, The Waterfront series came together nicely, culminating in a show at Space Gallery in 2011. Visitors enjoyed sharing my vision of that area, and I believe the effort to include all of Greater Portland will receive an even more positive response.
The Portland area is dripping with charm. Historic European inspired stone, red brick and wood architecture created the city’s signature aesthetic over a century ago. A large portion of which is owed to a generation of architects and craftsmen who rebuilt the city after the great fire of 1866 with a style and work ethic unparalleled in today’s society. Over time, just the right combination of salt air, harsh winters, and economic slow down has coalesced to achieve the beautifully ramshackle urban environment we have now.
Aside from the rich architecture, we are fortunate to be situated on an incredibly picturesque bay and natural harbor. Freight terminals, wharves, cemeteries, backyards, and city parks all share sweeping views of the ebbing and flowing sea. A large tidal range transforms the landscape twice daily, exposing vast mudflats in Fore River and Back Cove.
We have lost, and continue to lose, some remarkable buildings and infrastructure to dilapidation, and modern development. Fortunately much of our built environment from the mid 19th century still exists, but nothing lasts forever. And photography is a great way of preserving the city for the reference of future generations. So I'll be drawn to photograph Portland for as long as I call the area my home. But to continue shooting large format film at a volume that this project deserves I need financial support.
With the cost of sheet film approaching seven dollars per exposure including processing, I can no longer fit the process into my personal budget. And it is important to continue the project in this traditional medium which yields very fine detail and a high tonal range. The project is inspired by history, emulating the conventional style of 19th century photography. So the large format aesthetic is an integral part of the work.
If my goal is reached I will spend the majority of the funds on a stockpile of film. Some will go to fulfilling the lower tier rewards, and the rest will be put away for film processing costs and production of a soft cover book in early 2014. The book will be distributed independently through local shops and craft fairs. I have no lack of follow through, as evidenced by the successful completion of my previous project. Rewards may seem to start off small, but even at the lowest level you will receive a piece of artwork suitable for framing, and at the mid and higher levels I am offering finely crafted, museum quality display and collectable pieces.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about my project. You can see more about my previous work on my website, and feel free to email me with any questions or comments.
Risks and challenges
The challenges I face are #1 Money and #2 Time. A successful campaign here will provide a solution to challenge number one. And as long as I can raise funds for materials, the time will be found.
I do most of my shooting in the early mornings between dawn and whenever my other responsibilities take precedent. When I'm passionate about a project I'll work any and all hours necessary. These funds will literally kickstart my effort and release a great deal of energy pent up over months of not being able to shoot film.
It is a work in progress, so the timeline is a little more fluid than a project that only needs post production. But I am giving myself a deadline of March 2014 to compile as many images as possible, then narrow them into a book length edit and have a small run printed by late Spring. And I am confident in my ability to stick to that schedule provided this campaign is successful.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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