I started shooting Parallax because I wanted to photograph the people around me that are NYC in my life. The nightlife, fashion, friends, and even just faces on the train that make NYC what it is for me.
The series is shot entirely with black and white film, and with each subject, I only take two frames. Just two shots - no retakes, and no retouching. Both images are then displayed side by side. Parallax is definitely about people, but is also very much about the medium and process that I love. Photography for me, is about those less common photographic ideals (at least nowadays) of getting it right the first time, being honest, and embracing the times when something goes awry. You can see the NYC series here: http://rc-parallax.com/
For a while now, I've been making plans to take Parallax on the road. London is a place that has always felt like home to me - I've worked there often, and it was my first choice for the continuation of the series. It's an opportunity to work with and photograph the people of another city that I love, in the same way that I've done here in NYC.
I'm excited about the people that are already on board, and looking forward to getting to meet the others that I'll have the privilege of photographing. It will be a 2-3 week trip, photographing at least 30 people. The negatives will be developed, scanned, and made into a book.
Using Kickstarter to produce this next series of Parallax isn't just about crowd funding, it's about taking a project that I love, and sharing it. There's something powerful about shooting not just for myself, and not simply for a client, but for a group of people that are all invested in that singular goal. As a backer, you'll be invited into the design/proofing process of the book, and be able to provide input into the final product. The concept becomes ours, and I would be honoured to have you on that team.
The funds raised will go towards travel, film, and production costs, and of course the production of the book, and of course, the backer rewards.
The rewards for backing this project will involve prints of the actual portraits, the book, one of kind polaroids shot during the trip, access to behind the scenes images documenting the process of shooting the series itself, as well as portrait sessions in London or NYC.
Risks and challenges
• Ensuring travel and accommodations are within budget.
• Organizing sometimes multiple shoots a day across London as a whole.
• Securing the right channels for potentially both US and EU production of various rewards.
• Designing and delivering finished product across various mediums
Over the last few years I've spent weeks at a time photographing on the road, with a lot of time in the UK and London specifically. I know the city well, and have had to source locations and organize people for much more complicated shoots. As I mentioned earlier, London is a place that feels like home to me, and is full of friends, so travel and accommodation once there won't be much different than here in NYC, and won't cost too much. The main expense with travel is the airfare, and I'm budgeting with a safe margin, to ensure it doesn't take from other expenses.
In producing the Moustache Calendar, I became very familiar with the production and delivery process in both the US and the UK. Specifics will have to ironed out as it relates to individual rewards and where they'll need to be sent, but in general, it is a process I'm comfortable and experienced with.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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