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Fort Ord : BeautyBy Fort Ord : Beauty
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Fort Ord : BeautyBy Fort Ord : Beauty
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$6,288
pledged of $26,750pledged of $26,750 goal
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backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, September 7 2015 6:30 PM UTC +00:00

About

The Fort Ord : Beauty project presents a photographic vision of modern femininity that moves away from traditional stereotypes. I am attempting to create a visual definition of this concept that reaches far beyond popular representations of femininity to one that embraces a much larger reality. In order to accomplish this I have photographed 109 women from all walks of life, each of whom presents a unique look at the meaning of femininity. Each participant presents in their own way, empowering themselves through their unique interpretations of beauty and femininity.

As the name suggests, participants in Fort Ord : Beauty have been photographed at different locations around the old Fort Ord Military Base in Marina, California. This location was chosen to provide an engaging contrast to the beauty of each woman photographed. The base was closed in 1994 and has been mostly neglected since that time and many of the old structures remain and have fallen into various states of decay. In many places, nature has started the process of reclaiming the land, providing the space with an added element of intrigue.

The end result of this project will be a photography book featuring images of all of the participants. This high-quality 8"x10" hardcover book will be at least 200 pages in length and will be signed and numbered by the artist.

I am excited to be partnering with the amazing team at No More Tears on the Fort Ord : Beauty project. No More Tears (NMT) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower people to live safe, hopeful and happy lives. The organization provides all forms of assistance to women – often immigrants – who are victims of domestic violence, and their children.

100% of the proceeds from the Fort Ord : Beauty project will go directly to No More Tears. I will not be reimbursing myself for any of the time and will only be reimbursed for the basic materials needed for the project.

No More Tears was founded by Somy Ali in 2006 and is a 100% volunteer operated organization. They are very unique in that none of their volunteers receive any form of salary for their work. No More Tears offers abused women free access to immigration lawyers, rent assistance, transportation, driving instruction, child care and medical help. No More Tears has rescued 407 adults and 1002 children and counting from abusers. Less than 1 percent of those have returned to their abusers, a true testament to the effectiveness of their holistic approach to helping others.

www.nmtproject.org

Participant Testimonials:

-Totally conquered my fear of being in the spotlight. Learning that it's ok to celebrate my unique self. I am used to being in the background....so it was so wonderful to be a part of such an amazing project Fort Ord Beauty Project. I was super nervous during my FIRST EVER photo shoot, I felt like Larry David the entire time on the verge of throwing up. Thank you Logan for being so much fun to work with.

-What is beautiful? A powerful question to think about. I continue to explore this idea as an individual and a woman in our society. Thank you Logan for this incredible project. I'm grateful to be a part of it.

-There are so many different kinds of beautiful and they are all wonderful. Such an awesome project, having two girls I couldn't believe in the concept more. The fact that it will benefit No More Tears is a bonus.

-When I was asked by amazing local photographer (and now friend) Logan Norton to partake in The Fort Ord Beauty Project, never did I realize how emotional it would be for me. The whole point of this project is to capture femininity on an individual basis. For me, these photos represent beauty in chaos. Rising up from hard times only to become stronger. Remembering there is light through the darkest of times. Thank you for capturing my heart & soul through photography Logan. The most incredibly strengthening & empowering photoshoot & project I've had the pleasure of being a part of to date!

Image Gallery: 

http://www.fortordbeauty.com/gallery/

BUDGET:
Production cost for run of 1,000 hardcover 8x10 books: $22,500
Kickstarter fees of 5%: $1125
Payment processing fees of 5%: $1125
Minimum donation to No More Tears: $2000

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenges to this project have already been overcome. I have spent the thousands of hours finding, scheduling and photographing over 100 women participants!

With that said, the next challenge is successfully funding this campaign and after that completing the layout and ordering of the book. There will be many small challenges throughout this process and I will tackle them in the manner I have addressed all of the other challenges presented by this project; by brainstorming with the fantastic team that I have been blessed to have involved in this process with me.

If you have any questions or concerns about the project don't hesitate to contact me!

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    One day One on One photography workshop at Fort Ord with Logan Norton.

    During this workshop we will explore both the technical and the artistic sides of photography. We will discuss the wide range of mediums available to photographers today from film to digital, iPhones to large format to pinhole cameras and how each of these can fit into the artistic process for different people.

    We will discuss lighting, how to shoot in any situation and how to make the light work for you. We will put this knowledge into action during long shooting sessions on locations where there is a wide range of lighting situations available.

    Logan will also discuss the myriad of challenges a project like Fort Ord : Beauty presents. We will discuss how to formulate and develop an artistic vision and how to deal with things when it doesn't work. This is not a sugarcoated, 'everything is possible if you just believe' kind of workshop. This is real. Projects like this are hard. Very hard. And they take a lot of work. BUT, they are possible and incredibly rewarding. All of this we will discuss in depth.

    We will spend much of the workshop time working one on one with models and Logan will be talking extensively about directing. How do you get the emotion and/or look you want from your images? It all comes down to directing.

    Price includes lunch and dinner. No lodging is included. The workshop will be scheduled at the convenience of the participant.

    One numbered and signed hardcover Fort Ord : Beauty book will be provided to each participant.

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    Workshop & Title Sponsorship:

    Three day Fort Ord photography workshop with Logan Norton as well as name listed in the book as a project sponsor.

    This limited access workshop will feature three days of on location photography with models at the very locations where the Fort Ord : Beauty project was created.

    During this workshop we will explore both the technical and the artistic sides of photography. We will discuss the wide range of mediums available to photographers today from film to digital, iPhones to large format to pinhole cameras and how each of these can fit into the artistic process for different people.

    We will discuss lighting, how to shoot in any situation and how to make the light work for you. We will put this knowledge into action during long shooting sessions on locations where there is a wide range of lighting situations available.

    Logan will also discuss the myriad of challenges a project like Fort Ord : Beauty presents. We will discuss how to formulate and develop an artistic vision and how to deal with things when it doesn't work. This is not a sugarcoated, 'everything is possible if you just believe' kind of workshop. This is real. Projects like this are hard. Very hard. And they take a lot of work. BUT, they are possible and incredibly rewarding. All of this we will discuss in depth.

    We will spend much of the workshop time working one on one with models and Logan will be talking extensively about directing. How do you get the emotion and/or look you want from your images? It all comes down to directing.

    The workshop includes daily lunches and dinners (drinks not included).

    Lodging is not included in the price.

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    Corporate Sponsorship

    Your organization will receive special thanks in the front of the Fort Ord : Beauty book for your generous support of the project.

    Includes 10 signed and numbered hardcover Fort Ord : Beauty books.

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Funding period

- (30 days)