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A unique photography expedition to the Salton Sea to do some fine art film photography with ballet models

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***BONUS*** all backers over $10 will receive a signed 4x5 silver gelatin print in addition to any reward you pledge! Thank you for making this happen!

***UPDATE*** we added a 4x6 wetplate reward

This is a fine art photography expedition to the Salton Sea. I will be using vintage cameras and multiple film formats to photograph a male and female ballet dancer posing by the Salton Sea. The theme of the photographs are a post apocalyptic feeling meshed with the beauty of the human body. The films used will be mostly monochromatic but I also will be using a very rare color infrared film. Anton Orlov will be coming along on the expedition to shoot wet plate and bring his mobile darkroom.

I would like to submit these photographs to the Art of photography show in San Diego http://www.artofphotographyshow.com/ and display them at a gallery. I would also like for these photos to be used for environmental awareness.

The funding of this project will go to getting the talent down from LA and funding the trip out to the Salton Sea from San Diego. It will cover craft services, gas and sleeping accommodations over a weekend period of time.

I have most of the photo supplies but any extra will go to getting some more film and sending a couple of my vintage cameras in for a CLA (clean, lubricate and adjust) so that everything runs smoothly.

If we surpass the goal by $1000 or more; extra funding will go towards a private gallery showing and a small follow along film crew to do the filming of a mini documentary to show the process we go through to create the images.

We are going to get this out to every photographer, photography blog, ballet blogs and Salton Sea lover that we know. This is a full on marketing campaign to all the social networks we know and have.

Here are some examples of the film being used.

Efke IR820
Efke IR820
Aerochrome 120 color infrared
Aerochrome 120 color infrared

Photos of the Salton Sea

A gas mask that will be used during shoot
A gas mask that will be used during shoot
a photo I shot of my best friend Jordan at the Salton Sea
a photo I shot of my best friend Jordan at the Salton Sea

This is a video I did about Anton about 8 Months ago 

Where the vision came from?

A couple years ago, my best friend Jordan posted a video about the Salton Sea on my facebook wall and said "dude, we got to go there and you need to take some pictures".

I watched this documentary and immediately I had this vision of a ballet dancer posed with a gas mask on in this dystopian backdrop. For some reason I have always had a fascination with gas masks. I am not a bondage freak or steam punk, but I just always have liked how they look and the notion that they are supposed to protect someone from an air born death cloud. 

I feel very strongly about humans interaction with the Earth and our footprint hence the name "Footprint Film" for my business. I hope that some how the images I produce from this project will make people step back for a moment and think or question the human condition. I really hope that these photos can be used for environmental awareness even though they are more artistic than documentary. 

Here is the documentary that inspired me. 

Some of the key players -

Here are a few of the cameras and films Ill be using for the shoot. I have more and Ill post them later and talk about them a little bit.

Rolleflex 3.5f schneider lens. Rolleflex are honestly my favorite cameras to use. They are beautifully engineered, the glass is superb and the images are always so crisp.
Rolleflex 3.5f schneider lens. Rolleflex are honestly my favorite cameras to use. They are beautifully engineered, the glass is superb and the images are always so crisp.
Sputnik russian made stereoscopic medium format camera. Funky beast but captures great photos
Sputnik russian made stereoscopic medium format camera. Funky beast but captures great photos
Hasselblad medium format camera. I love this camera the glass is superb, its fun to use and its swedish!
Hasselblad medium format camera. I love this camera the glass is superb, its fun to use and its swedish!
kodak large format 4x5 camera
kodak large format 4x5 camera
Efke IR820c infrared black and white film. produces contrasty images. Its a bit of a challenge to work with but ive figured it out
Efke IR820c infrared black and white film. produces contrasty images. Its a bit of a challenge to work with but ive figured it out
Aerochrome 120 infrared color film. This is very hard film to find. I bought a bunch of it from a really talented guy in Germany who hand cut and rolled this film.
Aerochrome 120 infrared color film. This is very hard film to find. I bought a bunch of it from a really talented guy in Germany who hand cut and rolled this film.
  

Risks and challenges

We are working with some very tricky vintage cameras and film. There is a chance that an entire roll may be bad in which case no photos would show up. That being said we are still going to use some new film and take a few digital photos to ensure we can deliver.

The weather could affect us, but we will be vigilant and reschedule the shoot if something comes up.

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    a 4x6 wetplate - this is a 150+ year old method of photography. It has a beautiful look to it, the resolution is incredible and it will last 100+ years. It is actually a direct positive photo on a metal sheet. The photo sensitive materials are placed on a plate and shot in a short time before the materials dry hence "wetplate"

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