States Of Change is a photographic exploration of the impact climate change is having on the West Coast of the United States of America. With your support the project will take a journey through the states of California, Oregon and Washington to tell this story.
More about the project...
As California faces increasingly long periods of drought, scientists are already predicting a future mass migration to the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon and Washington. The type of which has not been seen since the Dust Bowl drought crisis of the 1930s.
Just as the Joads of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath traveled from Oklahoma to California during the dust bowl era I wish to create a photographic interpretation of what may be the next great migration in contemporary American history. A journey through the West Coast landscape that is part real and part imagined. As I travel from California into the States of Oregon and Washington I will document the changing landscape as it moves from the arid, water depleted Californian landscape into the lush and temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest.
I will also go beyond these everyday realities and delve into the American psyche. To photograph those individuals who harbour anxieties and fears over a potentially post-apocalyptic America. Be they stockpiling supplies of canned goods and building bunkers in their yards or buying up plots of land in remote parts of the region.
What your involvement will help me achieve...
By backing this Kickstarter campaign you will allow me to travel to the US and spend 6 weeks producing this body of work. A large part of your generous donations will allow me to shoot the project on film with my trusted Rolleiflex by covering the costs associated with this way of working i.e. film stock, processing and scanning.
It will also mean I can spend more time in the States to fully realise the story I wish to tell. As well as contribute to the costs of travel and living expenses whilst making the body of work.
Finally your donations will cover the cost of designing and printing a dummy book of the project on my return. I'm particularly focused on making something unique for the ebook version as well as the printed edition.
If I should reach my target any additional funding will go towards me spending more time producing the project.
What I do and why...
As a photographer my work regularly deals with issues surrounding the relationship between people and their environment; how landscapes shape communities and how communities shape landscapes. I am particularly interested in how we relate to our environment during a period of rapid ecological change.
I have long been interested in American popular culture and it’s relationship to the understanding of the American landscape. With this project you will help me take a photographic road trip that explores the real effects of climate change on the West Coast whilst referencing the influence of fictional dystopian narratives on our perceptions of forthcoming climate change.
Risks and challenges
Having experience producing work in this part of the world before I see this project as fairly low risk.
My method of working as a photographer is quite fluid. Whilst what I have outlined is what I intend to produce I will also be responding and adapting to what happens on my journey. Following creative instincts means that the final body of work may evolve, becoming more nuanced and (hopefully) all the more interesting for it.
Shooting on film carries some element of risk but this is how I have always worked and I am fortunate enough to work with some of the best labs in the world. I will most likely also sleep with the exposed rolls of film by my side every night whilst making the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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