My Project is The Collective Self, a series of documentary photographs taken in China and in New York City’s Chinatown to help understand the sustainability of the Chinese culture and how it has changed through the years of immigration to the United States.
This June I will be traveling to China, where I will be doing five weeks of shooting. The project’s goal is to provide education, through photography, about the Chinese culture and to help end stigmatization and racism in the United States towards Chinese and Chinese-Americans. Recently in Chinatown, New York, I carried out the first part of this photography project; it has been quite successful and can be seen on my website (www.brandonleeg.com). The upcoming photographs to be taken in China will finish the project.
I am asking for help to buy film for the photographs, as well as to develop the film when I return from China. I am an independent student, putting myself through college. I do not have the funds needed to do this alone.
As an openly gay male, I can relate to the discrimination that many suffer just for being who they are. All of my work revolves around creating hope and change for groups that are being subjected to prejudice and discrimination, simply for being different. As a freelance photographer with over seven years of experience in documentary photography, I have won multiple awards, have been published in a magazine, and have shown work in New York, Boston, and online galleries. With your help, The Collective Self will continue the tradition of creating change through my photography.
Risks and challenges
The most significant risk facing this project is the cost of film and processing. I have chosen to shoot in film because of the added connection between the subject and the photographer while taking the picture, and between the viewer and the photograph when it is seen. This connection contributes to the power of the message my work conveys.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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