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Upcoming Exhibitions! "Portraits and Voices of the Salton Sea"! Now I just need to raise money to be able to get the prints made....

Please join me on my mission to:

~Make up 30 exhibition prints for forthcoming exhibitions this coming fall!

If I do get enough funding and go over the $2400, the money will go towards publishing more copies of the book that will accompany the exhibition. Going by the same title, "Portraits and Voices of the Salton Sea" is a stand alone book containing the full collection of interviews and images from the Project. Currently I have enough grant money to cover the printing of 100 books, but am sooo hoping to be able to print at least another 100. One hundred Books doesn't go so long a way. 

The way Kickstarter works is that if I am unable to raise the $2400 pledged, I will unfortunately receive nothing. 

Background Information

The Salton Sea is a place to behold. Its history is strange and hard to explain, there are so many factors that serve to confuse, to beckon, to estrange, to question and it throws up what we typically know to be 'reality' up in the air. It is not a place that one can describe in one sentence.

"Enigmatic and often misunderstood, the Sea has become an important regional and national landscape, where some of the West's most dramatic chapters on critical water and environmental issues may soon be written" (Christopher Landis, In Search of Eldorado: The Salton Sea, 2000)

Since 2008, I have been working on a project that focuses on the environment and the people of the Salton Sea area in California. I moved from London to this out-here very remote area so that I can be closer to my project.

The first time I saw the Salton Sea was in 2005 when my friend and me, who were on a roadtrip came out onto Highway 86 from the Anza-Borrego Desert and drove North towards Joshua Tree. I looked out the window on a blistering Hot August day and saw something bluewhiteish shimmering in the distance. A mirage surely. No way a lake. We are in the middle of a desert. I didn't know what to make of it. Too much sun and heat perhaps. We couldn't stop that day, but that image stayed with me until we returned home and I started digging up information on the internet. None of really made sense, a lot of it was outdated, my curiosity was in no way satisfied, so I had to see for myself.

And thus began my journey.

This Project is about...

This project concerns itself with the conservation of the Sea, the complex biodiversity, the restoration project and the people involved in that aspect. It is drying up which is very bad news for the people that live there and in nearby counties, as the toxins which currently lie at the bottom of the Sea would become exposed to the air. And it gets very windy there.

For this project, "Portraits and Voices of the Salton Sea", I felt that it was most appropriate to involve the people that live and work here and thus took to photographing them and speaking to them in order to get an insider's view  of the history, the culture, the eco-systems, and environment.

Project Aim:

- To create discussion and be informative about this area and its history, culture and environment, as it is truly a fascinating place, complex and full of contradictions in every which way. And the people that I spoke with deal with it on a daily basis - whom better to ask?

By putting together an Exhibition and publishing a Book of the photos and interviews taken with residents, biologists, conservationists, farmers, and visitors.

At the moment, I have the opportunity to have an exhibition in the month of October, 2012 at the Pioneer's Museum in Imperial, South of the Salton Sea and an exhibition in Palm Desert Community Gallery in Palm Desert at the North end from December 2012 until February 2013 with the view of it travelling to other regions.

Budget

The funds that I am asking for cover: the cost of printing of Thirty 16"x24" standout mounted exhibition prints. Currently, I have been given a grant that covers the printing of only 100 books. Any pledged Kickstarter amount that goes over the funds that I am asking for will go towards printing more books.

Check out thesaltonseaspeaks.blogspot.com for more information on the project and on the Salton Sea. The images from which to choose from for the rewards are on that page under

http://thesaltonseaspeaks.blogspot.com/2012/04/images-from-salton-sea.html

And should you chose to pledge, your name will also be there for the world to see!!

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you!!!   From Christina

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    My most gracious thank you and a big massive virtual big bear hug on the Project Blog on thesaltonseaspeaks.blogspot.com and the chance to see a video of me doing a happy Charleston on the shores of the Salton Sea!

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    All of the Above AND And a "Greetings from the Salton Sea" magnet and handwritten thank you Postcard featuring an image from the Salton Sea!

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    All of the Above AND A 6x8 picture (you can choose from the ten which are on the project blog, The Salton Sea Speaks). And a little Salton Sea Surprise. Additional charges apply for out of US shipping - please add $8.

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    All of the Above AND instead of the 6x8 A 8x10 picture (you can choose from the ten which are on the project blog); Additional charges apply for out of US shipping - please add $10.

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    All of the Above AND instead of an 8x10 print, An 11x14 photograph (you can choose from the project blog, my website or my skitterskattered.blogspot.com); Additional charges apply for shipping outside of US - please add $10.

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    All of the Above AND a second 11x14 photograph (you can choose from the project blog, my website or my skitterskattered.blogspot.com) and a personalised signed photo album (a mini portfolio) containing 24 images all from the Salton Sea and surrounding areas. Additional charges apply for shipping outside of US- please add $13.

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    All of the Above AND a signed copy of the "Portraits and Voices of the Salton Sea" Book with your name acknowledged as a donor AND an awesome mug from my online store at Cafepress.com/OneFishieTwoFishie (you can choose from any image on there as they all can be made into mugs - just let me know which design); Additional charges apply for shipping outside of US - please add $17.

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    All of the Above AND A set of all images from the exhibition in 6"x8" size signed and creatively packaged. Additional charges apply for shipping outside of US - please add $20.

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    All of the Above. And (!!!): a one day personal tour around the Salton Sea to all the cool places with stories and histories, facts and amazing fiction, from the bubbling awesome little volcanoes (mudpots), to Salvation Mountain, to the Sanddunes and the old Naval Seabase. There are also slot canyons, old ranches, hot springs, date farms and much more. There is so much to see and do and its all pretty amazing, intense, bizarre, beautiful, strange, confusing. Travel to and from not included and neither is the cost of overnight stay or any food or gas. Depending on your interests, we can organise a journey that will be very very cool indeed.

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