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Fifteen 40x100 inch urban South Korean landscapes made with a 110-year old 7x17 inch camera, to be exhibited in 2015-2016.

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Coming Soon: GROOVE MAGAZINE 2014, [B]RACKET MAGAZINE 2014, 강연 100도씨 (Korea KBS TV)

Korea EBS TV Nov. 13, 2013

PIK Magazine, December 2013

PLATFORM DAEGU Magazine, December 2013

DGFEZ Magazine, July 2013

KEIMYUNG BRIDGE Magazine, Spring + Summer 2013

원간사진 (Monthly Photo) Magazine, February 2012

Project Statement and Purpose:

Yesterday and Today for the Benefit of Tomorrow.

I'm seeking to pursue a large scale project using color negative film in my 110 year-old 7x17 inch ultra large format camera to photograph some of the most noteworthy landscapes and events in South Korea over the next few years. Some of those include (but not limited to): the 17th Asian Games being hosted in Incheon, South Korea in Summer 2014, the Korean World Series, and other images similar to the digital photomontage image I made in 2011 of a Korean market auction (scroll to Evolution to the 7x17 Project for more details). Because of the high resolution power of a 7x17 negative, I'm seeking to choose 15 of the greatest of these images to be enlarged up to 40x100 inches and exhibited in a gallery or museum, to be named, for 2015 or 2016.

Over the past 12 months, I have experimented with different large camera formats, tested different film emulsions, regained confidence processing my own films (after a return from shooting mostly digital), and pursued various large format projects. For example since January of 2013, I've restored several wooden large format cameras, experimented with black and white x-ray films and enlargements, and cooperated with Daegu city to document the urban landscape above the city's monorail with 8x10 color films.

However, 7x17 inch color film is impossible to purchase without a special order direct from Kodak Alaris because it is not a commercially available size. Kodak Alaris will cut the film to my specifications if I place a minimum order with them. With your help, my $20,000 USD goal will help to ensure Kodak's minimum $15,000 USD special order (import taxes and shipping included) and fund the distribution of rewards to my supporters.

A stretch goal of $35,000+ will help to fund the proper drum scanning, printing, framing of the15 final images that will be exhibited. Once the stretch goal is met, I plan to donate the images to one or several of South Korea's museums and galleries of art for future generations to enjoy.

Please click this link if you'd like to know a bit about me.

My official website is here.

More samples of my work can be seen here.

Videos:

The link below is a Korean TV documentary on my life and work:

 Behind the scenes of The World Upside Down signature image and just one of the many reasons, why I shoot large format:

Rewards:

There are many options so that anyone that wishes to see this project be funded can receive a reward. For example: for smaller pledges a handmade bookmark, self-designed postcard, or calendar and for larger pledges, I'm including 7x17 inch black and white "contact" prints which will all be carefully be printed in the darkroom with final print in mind. One of the largest pledge rewards will be a 40x100 inch print drum scanned from the special order film run. Because I expect a 4-6 month wait from Kodak, I don't foresee being able to make any 7x17 color images until summer 2014. Those that wish to purchase a 40x100 inch print in advance will need to wait until at least December 2014. All other rewards are designed to be in the hands of the supporters before March 2013.

**As an incentive to choose rewards over $100, I'll be including a complementary 2014 Calendar to all $100+ pledges.

Worldwide shipping is included with all rewards.

$10+ Pledge: Bookmark

Sample bookmarks for sale (see the updates section for more options to choose from)
Sample bookmarks for sale (see the updates section for more options to choose from)

$25+ Pledge: Postcard

Choose from any of the following postcards. Add $10 for each additional postcard.

Postcard images to choose from
Postcard images to choose from

$50+ Pledge: 10 Rolls of Re-spooled Movie Film

Your choice of either 10 rolls of re-spooled Kodak Pan Separation (ISO 6) black and white movie film or my favorite Kodak Vision 3 200T (5213) color film. NOTICE: black and white films can be processed normally with regular black and white developers, but the color Vision 3 200T film must be processed specially as ECN-2 or self developed to ensure the REMJET backing is removed properly. DO NOT TAKE THE COLOR FILM TO A LAB. Please see the update page for more details.

$50+ Pledge: 2014 Calendar

Look forward to more updates to the 2014 desk calendar in the updates section.

January mockup design (side one)
January mockup design (side one)
January mockup design (side two)
January mockup design (side two)

$75+ Pledge: Limited Edition 5x7 Print as seen on Korea EBS TV

Holding the 5x7 print featured on EBS TV
Holding the 5x7 print featured on EBS TV

 $200+ Pledge: Limited Edition 7x17 Print as seen on Korea EBS TV

Holding the 7x17 print featured on Korea EBS TV
Holding the 7x17 print featured on Korea EBS TV

$500+ Pledge: Digital Wall Print Enlargements (from a 4x5, 5x7, or 8x10 negative)

Sample 20x24 image size for a $500 pledge
Sample 20x24 image size for a $500 pledge
Sample 30x40 image size for a $750 pledge
Sample 30x40 image size for a $750 pledge
Sample 40x50 image size for a $1000 pledge
Sample 40x50 image size for a $1000 pledge

Evolution to the 7x17 Project:
For nearly two decades I had struggled to find a personal style with my art works that I could call my own. Finally in the summer of 2011, I realized what I wanted to do with my art works - large scale panoramic prints.

Here's an example of my favorite image of that period:

Garak Market Fruit Auction at 4AM, Seoul, digital composite of around 30 images (25x70 inches)
Garak Market Fruit Auction at 4AM, Seoul, digital composite of around 30 images (25x70 inches)

After composing many different scenes, I found my digital camera limited me from what I was seeking to do. After finding a large panoramic view that I wanted to photograph, I would then carefully expose around 30 or so images that would later piece together into a larger puzzle. The process was far from perfect and the post processing not only took forever to make a composite, but left me feeling unsatisfied and with many errors.

The above image was very popular and continues to receive lots of praise. However at it's full size, flaws and oddities are very evident (cut heads, double scenes, unmatched lines, etc.)

Even after more than 10 hours of retouching, there are many errors I couldn't fix.
Even after more than 10 hours of retouching, there are many errors I couldn't fix.
Detail. Double scene and strange proportions.
Detail. Double scene and strange proportions.

After being overly frustrated with the process flaws, I made a decision that would radically change my work style. Upon examining the crisp, gigantic two-meter long prints by photographer Gregeory Crewdson (an 8x10 large-format film photographer), I realized my digital composite faults and frustrations could be resolved by using large film and a wide angle lens to expose only one image verses stitching together over 30 digitally exposed images.

Since late-2012, I have been experimenting with smaller (4x5 and 5x7 inches) large format negatives and am very pleased with the detail and control I get with large format film photography up to around 30x40 inch prints.

Experimenting with different films and formats continued.

Early in the spring of 2013, I photographed 55 of my students with 8x10 inch hospital x-ray film. It was an inexpensive way to make gorgeous, large black and white wall-size images. Using the flat bed scanner I have, I was able to scan and enlarge to the maximum size our printers at school can print: 40x50 inches. The prints were out of this world! Combining 1800s basic camera functions with today's film advancements, scanning, and printing technology had me convinced that the latest consumer digital technology is still very shy of hitting the mark for large wall-size prints. As an artist, my final objective is gallery and museum walls - but beyond that, the image making process from getting under the cloth, seeing "the world upside down," processing the images in the darkroom, contact printing them, scanning the negative, and making massive digital enlargements really helped to refuel my passion and energy for image making.

Heaji, 2013 (Using 8x10 X-ray Film)
Heaji, 2013 (Using 8x10 X-ray Film)
X-Ray Film Detail 100% (5x Enlargement to 40x50 inches)
X-Ray Film Detail 100% (5x Enlargement to 40x50 inches)

I found the 4x5, 5x7, and 8x10 formats to be relatively too square compared to the beautiful 2:5 panoramic ratio of the 2011 Garak Market digital composite image that my heart has been set on. For about a third of the cost of a new DSLR zoom lens, I was able to get my hands on a beautiful mahogany wood camera from 1903 that fit that ratio.

At the turn of the 20th century, the 7x17 inch camera was used for photographing banquets and large groups. During those simpler times, enlargements were not common so the negative was as large as the final print would be - we call these contact prints. This image size is nearly twice the size of the 8x10 negative that was used to make the student portraits and has the wide view I like for my landscape work. One wide view with no distortion, one image, and nearly double the image resolution of an 8x10 film negative.

Haein Temple, 2013 (7x17 Inch B&W Negative)
Haein Temple, 2013 (7x17 Inch B&W Negative)
Yukshinsa Shrine, 2013 (7x17 Inch B&W Negative)
Yukshinsa Shrine, 2013 (7x17 Inch B&W Negative)

This is where I need your help.

With your help I'll be able to purchase color film for my 7x17 camera that would otherwise be impossible for me to do on my own. By offering rewards of some of my existing photographic work, I'll be able to share the other passion in my life - the beautiful country of South Korea. Ever since I first fell in love with Korean culture through a Korean church in Savannah, Georgia in 1997, I have always wanted to educate others about this fine, exotic culture and people in a positive light.

Please stay tuned for more details about each of the rewards via updates!

Music Credit:

"Sweeter Vermouth", "Easy Lemon", and "Porch Swing Days - faster" by Kevin MacLeod (music used in the video) is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

All of the rewards are designed to be in the supporters hands before March 2014, except the 40x100 inch prints which are dependent on the 7x17 inch Kodak Alaris special order. I estimate the film to arrive to me in South Korea by summer of 2014. During summer vacation, I'll expose my first color 7x17 images and the first portfolio of images should be ready by December 2014.

I foresee no other serious risks or challenges involved with this project that will cause production delays. Funding for this project will end on Sunday, December 15th at 11:59 PM (Korean Standard Time). Rewards like the postcard, 2014 calendar, and bookmarks are all being designed to be completed before the project ends and will ready to be in the mail to supporters on December 16th (as early as 12 hours after the project ends), and hopefully to their doors by New Years, if not Christmas. Korean's say "bal-bali" or "hurry, hurry!". I'm aiming for 100% satisfaction in speed and quality.

Winter vacation, which lasts from late-December to March 1st in South Korea, will be used to scan and print larger prints to be delivered to supporters before the Spring 2014 semester begins on March 3rd.

FAQ

  • To be honest, the following information is just an estimate. Film prices could change between now and when I am able to make the film purchase in January 2014. At the moment 8x10 inch Kodak Ektar 100 and Portra 160 are around $150 for a box of 10 sheets. 7x17 inch film is almost double the size of 8x10, so I estimate a box of 10 sheets of 7x17 to be somewhere around $300. Therefore, I estimate between 380-420 sheets of 7x17 inch film to be made with this order. This amount of film should last me for a while. Being ever mindful about film costs means every shot counts. On a good day, I'll expose around 8 sheets of 4x5 inch film, 4 of 5x7, or maybe 2 of 8x10.

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    -------- Smart Phone Wallpaper ------ FOR THE INSTAGRAMER: For the smallest donation possible, you can download the image that reignited my passion for film photography again. This image has all the flaws associated with traditional photography: scratches, dust, and process marks. This image has been the wallpaper image on my smart phone since the day I made it.

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    ---------------- Bookmark -------------- FOR THE BOOKWORM: In the darkroom, I use cut up pieces of paper to make test exposures of my images. Rather than throwing these bookmark sized images away, for a very small pledge you can be a huge part of the project and recieve a random or selected (while supplies last) image handmade in the darkroom. Each bookmark will be laminated for durability. Add $10 to your pledge if you want to choose three bookmarks. <<서표: 제가 직졉 뽑은 암실 사진입니다. 선택중에 하나 보내드리겠습니다. 서표 3장 필요하신분들 $10달러 추가하십시오>>

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    ----------------- Postcard --------------- FOR THE YEARNING TRAVELER AND HOMESICK: You'll receive a handwritten thank you on a self designed postcard with a choice of one of four of my photographic images. These will be printed using one of the local printing presses on the famous Daegu Printing Street located just 500 meters from our home. Add $20 for the full set of four postcards. <<엽서: 제 사진과 직접 디자인한 엽서 4장 중에 하나 보내드립니다. 감사말과 사인 써드리겠습니다. 대구 인쇄 걸목에 인쇄 할예정입니다. 4장 세트 필요하신분들 $20 달러 추가하십시오>>

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    ---------- 10 Rolls of Movie Film -------- FOR THE HIPSTERS: 10 rolls of Kodak Pan Separation 2238 black and white movie film bulk loaded into 35mm film cassettes (by me). This film is an EI of about 6, so you must use your lens wide open to f1.4 or 2 at a shutter speed of 1/30 or 1/60th in the bright sunlight or on a tripod with a longer shutter speed. Ask me about samples and how to process this film. I'll also include a handwritten thank you postcard. <<흑백 영화 35mm 검은 필름 10통: 제가 직접 검은 필름 10통 드리겠습니다. 필름 감도 ISO 6입니다. 현상방법을 알려드리겠습니다."

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    ------------ 2014 Calendar ----------- FOR THE ORGANIZED: You'll receive a, signed 200x250mm sized (approximately 8x10 inches) vertical 2014 desk calendar made with over a dozen of my favorite images from the "Korean Mountain" series. This calendar will be printed using the older, more expensive and higher quality four color printing press on heavy duty paper. For a little bit of a souvenir, I'll add all the Korean holidays in English to your calendar. <<2014 달력: 제가 1년간 찍은 사진과 직접 디자인한 달력 (200x250mm) 하나 드립니다. 한국 빨간날 영어로 써드리겠스비나다. 대구 인쇄 걸목인쇄서에 4도로 인쇄할 예정입니다.>>

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    ---------------- Teach Me! --------------- FOR THE ASPIRING STUDENT OR HOBBIEST: A 1:1 online photography lesson through Skype for an hour on any photography topic you want to discuss or a portfolio review. As a photography educator and enthusiast, I love talking about all things photography! If there is any subject you want to talk about from Analog Photography to Zorki (Russian) cameras, I'll be glad to share my thoughts with you on the subjects or teach you a few things I know. I love getting people excited about photography! This reward also includes the postcard reward. Please add $50 per each additional hour. For pledges over $100 under this category, I'll also send you my self designed 2014 calendar. <<가르쳐주세요!: 영어로나 한국어로 (선텍) 1:1 사진 수업을 한시간 동안 온라인으로 해드리겠습니다. 시간 더 필어하시면 한시간단 $50 달러 추가하십시오. 아날로그사진부터 디지탈 사진까지 가능합니다>>

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    ---- 5x7 Print Featured on EBS TV ---- FOR THE COLLECTOR I: A signed, dated, and editioned single 5x7 image from the edition of 10 images contact printed during the filming of the November 13, 2013 EBS TV documentary on my family and work. Each print was made using Fomabrom 111 fiberbase paper, developed in hand mixed Agfa 120 warmtone developer and toned with Agfa Viradon Brown Toner and Kodak Selenium Toner. <<2013년 11월13일 EBS 다문화 사랑에 방송된 5x7 인치 밀착 사진을 하나 드립니다. 10장 에디션 사진입니다. 포마 111 인화지, 아그파 120 현상, 아그파 브라운 토너 + 코닥 셀레늄 터너>>

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    ------ 7x17 Widescreen Wallpaper ----- You're choice of any of the final fifteen 7x17 images available as a high resolution (1920x1080) widescreen download for your computer desktop. This pledge also includes the 2014 Calendar Reward.

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    ---- 7x17 Print Featured on EBS TV --- FOR THE COLLECTOR II: A signed, dated, and editioned single 7x17 image from the edition of 10 images contact printed during the filming of the November 13, 2013 EBS TV documentary on my family and work. Each print was made using Fomabrom 111 fiberbase paper, developed in hand mixed Agfa 120 warmtone developer and toned with Agfa Viradon Brown Toner and Kodak Selenium Toner. <<2013년 11월13일 EBS 다문화 사랑에 방송된 7x17 인치 밀착 사진을 하나 드립니다. 10장 에디션 사진입니다. 포마 111 인화지, 아그파 120 현상, 아그파 브라운 토너 + 코닥 셀레늄 터너>>

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    ---- 7x17 Archival Pigment Print --- FOR THE COLLECTOR IV: A signed 7x17 inch digital color print from any selection of the artist's upcoming panoramic 7x17 inch special order images. This print will be the actual size of the negative. Images will be printed with the Canon IPF8410 (a 12 color ink digital printer). Images are not framed to save on shipping and insurance costs. Please allow at least one-year for me to make some of these breath-taking images. This pledge also includes the 2014 Calendar Reward.

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    ------ 7x17 Black & White Print ----- FOR THE COLLECTOR III: A signed 7x17 inch black and white hand-printed contact print, by the artist himself, from any selection of the artist's panoramic 7x17 inch white images. (A contact print is a traditional print made in the darkroom. It is not enlarged. It is the actual size of the negative.) It will be printed in an edition of five and on archival Ilford MG Fine Art 300 fiber base paper. This pledge also includes the 2014 Calendar Reward.

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    ------------ 5 Minute Video ---------- FOR THE FAMOUS: Teaming up with Lonely Bear Media (the producer of my project video) in Daegu, South Korea, you will receive a professionally shot and edited video. This reward is limited to those living in the Daegu, South Korea area only. This pledge also includes the 2014 Calendar Reward.

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    ----- Digital Wall Print Enlargements --- FOR THE WALL: Your choice of any of the listed 4x5, 5x7, or 8x10 large format images. Print size is 20x24 inches from a drum scanned negative and printed with the Canon IPF8410 (a 12 color ink digital printer). Images are not framed to save on shipping and insurance costs. Add $250 for a 30x40 image. Add +$500 for a 40x50 inch image. This pledge also includes the 2014 Calendar Reward.

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    -- 7x17 Inch Negative Enlargements -- FOR THE ULTIMATE PANORAMIC VIEW: Your choice of any of the 7x17 large format images listed now or after the 7x17 color negative project is underway. Print size will be 20x50 inches (x2.8 enlargement) from a drum scanned negative and printed with the Canon IPF8410 (a 12 color ink digital printer). Images are not framed to save on shipping and insurance costs. Please allow at least one-year for me to make some of these breath-taking images. Add +$350 for a 30x75 inch (x4.3 enlargement) print. Add +$750 for a 40x100 inch (x5.7 enlargement) print. This pledge also includes the 2014 calendar reward.

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    ------------- 8x10 Portrait ------------ FOR THE DISTINGUISHED: I will travel to you and make your or your family's portrait with your choice of color of black and white film with my 100 year old 8x10 inch camera. Chances like this don't come around often anymore! Pledge amount includes your choice size wall print. This pledge also includes the 2014 Calendar Reward. <<Unfortunately this pledge amount it is ONLY limited to SOUTH KOREA. However, if you'd like to add the extra fees for travel, I'll be glad to make myself available to any place in the world! >>

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    ----- Framed 40x100 Inch Print ---- FOR THE KOREAN GALLERY AND MUSEUM: Your $3,000+ pledge will reward you with a very unique reward. You will receive one of the 15 signature images that will be exhibited in the forthcoming 2015-2016 exhibition. This final image will be signed and framed, ready to hang in your museum or gallery's permanent collection. <<Due to the nature of the size and weight of this item, it is limited to purchases in South Korea only. 40x100 inch prints for worldwide purchase can be purchased without frames under the $750 or more pledge, for $1,500.>>

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