About this project
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***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.
Photos of 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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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