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Making finished prints of some of the photos from my travels through the landscapes of the U.S. for a gallery show.

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Welcome! And thanks for checking out my Kickstarter project...

My name's Joshua Yates and in 2004 I took five months to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail.  I had always had an appreciation for natural spaces but that experience solidified in me a desire to better understand those spaces and to find a way to express that understanding visually.  So, I learned to make photographs.

Over the last few years I've driven and hiked all over the country photographing as I've gone. In 2010 I walked the length of the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, and last year I made a long road trip cutting across the middle of the country to the Pacific Northwest and back again.  All of my excursions are super low budget and involve sleeping in my tent or car, eating loaves of bread and trail mix and only very rarely getting a hot meal and shower.
I actually enjoy living on the cheap but to meet the goal of this project I'm in need of a little extra cash.  

THE PROJECT:

I've been offered room to do a show of my work at a local gallery, Cindy Saadeh Fine Art in downtown Kingsport, TN.  This will involve making 20 - 25 prints in several sizes and then nicely mounting or framing them.  The prints will range in size from 8x10 inches to panoramas that are five feet long.  This sort of thing can get very expensive very quickly.

I have always been a perfectionist when it comes to printing my photographs.  I was taught traditional darkroom techniques in school and for the past few years have been striving to reach and surpass those standards of quality with my digital work.  All of these photographs will be printed on extremely high quality paper with Epson inks.  That goes for the photos in the gallery show as well as the photos you will be recieving for your generous pledges.
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?

- INK:  I do all of my own printing and that takes a good bit of ink.  The Epson printer I use requires 8 seperate ink cartridges, each costing about $14.  Making the prints for the show will probably have me going through one entire set and part of another set of cartridges.

- PAPER:  It sounds simple but good paper is not cheap.  I will be printing on a fiber based paper (as opposed to resin coated) which will give the prints a much more organic look and feel.  To print an 8x10 this paper runs a couple of bucks per sheet.  An 11x17 piece goes for over $4.  Cutting sheets to length for panoramic images can use up more than $20 per photo.  And of course it often takes several "off" prints before I get one the way I want it.


- MOUNTING MATERIALS: Once the ink is on the paper the prints need to be prepared for the gallery.  This requires either mounting them onto a durable, pH neutral backing material or framing.  The majority of these prints will be mounted onto a stiff and humidity stable version of foam core.  This is both for aesthetic reasons and to help control costs for myself and for potential buyers at the gallery.  Still, this material adds another  40 cents per squre inch to my cost for the prints.  This is not including the necessary adhesive or hardware for hanging the finished piece.

- FRAMING:  At least a few of my prints for the show will be framed.  I'm sure most anyone reading this knows that even "cheap" framing isn't usually cheap. 

- REWARDS:  Finally, a part of the total number you see as my goal for this project will go back into the great rewards I'll be making for my backers  I've tried to offer some really good print sizes and quantities for really reasonable pledge amounts!

All that's to say that making good quality photographic prints and preparing them for a gallery can be kind of expensive.  But it's definitely worth it to see the work presented at the highest possible quality.


ABOUT THE REWARDS:

All of the rewards listed are prints, of various sizes and combinations, of the images that will be used in the show.  The prints you will receive for your pledge will be of the exact same quality as those I will be putting in the gallery.  This will be true from the panoramas right down to the postcards.  The same great paper and archival inks will be used throughout this project.  

All of the prints that are available as rewards for this project will be sent in the form of the print only.  The print quality will be the same as what I will put in the gallery but they are only prints - not mounted, matted or framed prints.  The cost of shipping finished prints would be far higher than the current pledge amounts allow for. 

The prints you have a chance to get throught this Kickstarter project really are a great value.

Note: 8x10, 11x17 and 4x6 are APPROXIMATE print sizes.  The actual dimensions of the print will depend on the aspect ratio of the image file.  I've made these photographs with more than one camera so some "8x10" prints will be more like 6.5x10.  

Here are a few of the photographs that I will be putting in the show and that will be available as rewards.  To see the full set of images please check this page:  joshuayates.com/gallery-prints  

Mount Shasta, Northern California.

Cloud, Sierra Nevada Range

Hot Springs Bacteria Mat, Yellowstone National Park

Sunrise, Alvord Desert

Waterfall, Mount Rainier National Park

Clouds, Glacier Peak

Banner Peak, Sierra Nevada Range

Thanks so much for considering backing my photography project here at KickStarter,


Josh Yates

If you have any questions about the rewards please leave a comment and I'll try to clear things up as quickly as possible.


Music used in the video:  "Shady Grove" by Shake That Little Foot (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Shake_That_Little_Foot/Shake_That_Little_Foot/Shady_Grove_vbrmp3)


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    You will get one print from the show in the form of a 4x6 postcard with a handwritten THANKS to you from me.

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    The above plus 2 additional postcard sized prints. Put a stamp on them and send them to a friend. (Please add $2.00 if you live outside of the U.S.)

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    All of the above plus a signed 5x7 print of a photograph from the show. You choose the print. (Please add $4.00 if you live outside of the U.S.)

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    All of the above Plus a signed 8x10 print of a photograph from the show. You choose the print. (Please add $4.00 if you live outside of the U.S.)

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    All of the above Plus an additional 5x7 AND 8x10 signed print of your choosing. (Please add $4.00 if you live outside of the U.S.)

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    All of the above Plus a signed 11x17 print of your choice. (Please add $7.00 if you live outside of the U.S.)

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    All of the above X 2. You'll get 4 postcard prints, 4 5x7 prints, 4 8x10 prints and 2 11x17 prints - all signed and of the images you pick. (Please add $7.00 if you live outside of the U.S.)

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    You will get a set of 20 signed 8x10 prints of images from the show. This will represent the majority of all the photos in the project. The only images you won't get are the panoramas. (Please add $10.00 if you live outside of the U.S.)

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    You will get 3 full size signed panoramic prints. The sizes are approximately 12 inches wide by 60, 40 and 30 inches respectively. (Please add $10.00 if you live outside of the U.S.)

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    Full Size Prints of The Entire Project. You will get a print of every image that I will use in the show. These will be the same size as the prints I use in the show. You will get 15 11x17 signed prints, 3 12 inch wide signed panoramic prints and 6 8x10 signed prints. (Please add $15.00 if you live outside of the U.S.)

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