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$376
pledged of $2,000pledged of $2,000 goal
9
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, June 13 2013 11:45 PM UTC +00:00

About

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgrudek/

The Prelude

For the first time in my life I am fully immersed in city life, and am using photography to explore and capture my experience. The density of population and activity makes each day a unique subject. Even though I began my exploration in January, I plan to continue in the spring and summer to capture as many experiences around St. Louis as possible.

"USS Inaugural (AM-242) 1"
"USS Inaugural (AM-242) 1"

The Reason 

Before moving to the city I was warned about all the horrible things St. Louis is known for. How it was a dirty, crime ridden city. I quickly realized that they were wrong and wanted to prove this to them. 

To begin to understand my surroundings I started to explore the city with my camera, as photography has always been a passion of mine. One of my first experiences after moving to the city was having the opportunity to take some of the final images of the U.S.S. Inaugural (AM-242) the day before it was cut apart for scrap. It was that day that I fully realized the power of photography. A photograph being a moment in time, a memory, or a place that may never be repeated.

This realization is what inspired me to document my time in the city through this project. For far to long I have captured so many images, just for them to be locked away onto my hard drives. I want to begin sharing my love of photography and the experiences that I am having within and around the city with everyone. 

 I hope that you enjoy the photos that I have taken so far. Over the past two months I have only begun to scratch the surface of St. Louis. As my stay and understanding of the city life grows, more and more photos will continue to be added which can all be viewed here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgrudek/

"Reflections"
"Reflections"

The Finale

The projects final goal is to create a photo book comprising of at least 30 images that I have/will take over my time in St. Louis. I have over 10,000 images that I have already taken within the city and the surrounding area so far in my first month living in the city. By mid July I will have some amazing photographs to place in this book and I am extremely excited to get started.

If you like the photos that I have up right now thats great! But keep in mind I will hopefully upload many new ones by the end of these 50 days. If funding is going well there are a few rewards/bonuses that will be added that will definitely be worth it!

 I would love to have your support and would definitely enjoy hearing your thoughts and recommendations on things to see and places to visit while I am here!

"Muny Gazebo 2"
"Muny Gazebo 2"

I will also be participating in "Kicking It Forward" and be sending easily %5 or more of my profits on other Kickstarter Projects helping this great community grow. For more info, check out http://kickingitforward.org/

Please do not hesitate to send me a message, I will be more than happy to answer any questions or requests as quickly as I can!

A little about the Rewards

All 5x7 and 8x10 prints will come with matting so that they will be able to be dropped into a frame and displayed. 

The finished book will consist of around 50+ pages with over 75 images taken from now until the end of July. I am currently in the stages of designing it as well as adding some of the photos that I have taken to date. 

Thank You!!!

Daniel Grudek

P.s. All content used in this project is all of my own work, every photograph was taken with my own camera in my own hands, and even the slideshow/video which was a big first for me. For any future projects I promise the video will be better! 

Risks and challenges

I have done professional photo shoots and photographed so many places but have never had the challenge of shipping out orders before. There is no doubt in my mind that I can accomplish this though and have already begun planning the best process for going about it and hope to get them out earlier than predicted. Weather can also delay how quickly more photographs will appear, but to counter this I have extended the Kickstarter period to 50 days.

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    A postcard of one of my images with a handwritten message thanking you for your support!

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    A 5x7 print of one of the images taken within the funding time period. Your name will appear in the book and you will also receive a postcard thanking you for your support!

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    (1) 8x10/8x12 signed print of one of the images taken within the funding time period. Your name in the book and also a postcard thanking you for your support!

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    Twice the fun - (2) 8x10/8/12 signed prints of of any (2) images taken within the funding time period. At this level you will also receive a digital copy of the finished book! You will also receive a postcard thanking you for your support as well as your name in the book!

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    The Softcover book - (1) Signed copy of the finished copy of the book. (1) 5x7 Professional Print. You will also receive the Ebook and a postcard thanking you for your support!

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    A great 12x18 print that will look amazing in an 18x24 frame. With the print you will also receive the Ebook and a postcard.

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    Upon completion of this project you will receive (1) signed copy of the finished book full of images taken through out my time in the city with your name in the credits section. You will also be able to request (1) signed 8x10/8x12 image taken within the funding period. Your name in the book, a digital Ebook, and finally the postcard thanking you for your amazing support!

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    (1) 16x24 Signed professional print. Of course the few on this page are my personal favorites, but you can choose from my entire Flickr account. Your name will also be included in the book on the credits page. You will also receive the postcard thanking you for your generous support!

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    (1) Copy of the finished hardcover book, the Ebook, and (1) 16x24 signed professional quality print. Your name will be placed on the credits page of the book and will also receive the postcard thanking your for your enthusiastic support!

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    A beautiful 18x24 Signed Gallery Wrapped Canvas Print of a photo of your choice taken within the funding time period. Please message me to discuss which photo you would like. (1) Copy of the finished hardcover book and its Ebook counterpart, and finally the postcard thanking you for all of your support!

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    Please contact me for this level and we can work out a custom package of varying prints, or some special requests.

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Funding period

- (50 days)