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In the last year I have photographed more than 200 citizens of Ypsilanti, MI - I am now working to host a local exhibit to share what I've seen.
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The Ypsi Project began as a daily photo assignment of either-local structures or of people living / working in Ypsi, though it quickly grew into meeting and speaking with people about what living here has meant to them; approaching local artist who really help seed a love for this town; chance conversations with people who've spent the better part of their lives rebuilding the community one business and block at a time.

It has lead to exploring the corners of this city that have been easy to overlook in the last 6 years I've lived here.

Exhibit details

The event will feature large-portraits of more than 100 people who were kind enough to participate in the Ypsi Project, all of these selected prints are accompanied by stories and descriptions that tell of how long they've called Ypsi home, or what it is that keeps them here.

The exhibit itself will be held at the end of May in the old VG Kids office, thanks to the generosity of James Marks - it's a really exciting location being it's right in the middle of downtown (on Michigan Ave).

The whole event will have a very DIY approach to it - basically we're making all the prints and mounting them ourselves with IKEA wiring and setting out a table with some snacks...

Really we just want a chance for everyone to drop by and see all their portraits hanging together in one place; and have a special night to recognize the diversity of the people that make up Ypsi. Plus there's snacks, so even if you don't like the portraits there's that. It's win, win.

Thanks to your support...

We're putting this entire exhibit together ourselves. All of your amazing support goes towards cost of prints, renting the venue, promotional materials and everything else needed to pull this off.

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    You name will be listed in a thank you section of both the website and the large photo book.

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    An Ypsi button made by local artist and green-thumb, Amanda Edmonds, aka: Muppster.

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    All the above + One of the limited-print 12x18 Ypsi Project Exhibit flyers (printed locally at the VG Kids).

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    All the above + 7x7 selected non-portrait 40 page softcover book.

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    All the above + On top of taking photographs I also have a slight obsession with origami :) you'll receive 3 tiny hand-made (with love) paper cranes (that come in a matching origami box) created from pages of an Ypsilanti area phone book I found on my porch several weeks ago. Because, seriously, what other use does anyone have for phone books?

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    All the above + two polaroids of either: someplace in and around Ypsi, or from the event itself. You pick! We think it would feel pretty good to find in your mailbox one morning two beautiful Polaroids taken just for you!

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    Special ♥ For Ypsi businesses only: We're dedicating a special two page spread in the 10x8 photo book for five very awesome, generous and supportive local businesses... also your business name on the event flyers and exhibit booklets, and lastly an announcement at the event thanking them.

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    All the above + a very special 10x8 softcover 300 page book containing all of the Ypsi Project's portraits and bios from the last year plus!

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    All the above + A signed16x20 matted print from the exhibit - there will only be 25 of these special prints made for the Ypsi event, so this reward will be on a first-come basis. Which means as soon as the 25 large portraits are narrowed down, you'll receive a link where you can see a list and claim your favorite print.

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    All the above + a personal portrait session! I like to have fun on my portrait sessions and ... going to a few places and trying a few ideas... just a fun photo-adventure. This doesn't mean I'll take photos of you and everyone you work with :) but we can run around and if you have someone special you want to include that's great.

    Also, if you don't happen to live in the Michigan area - your portrait session is good for as long as I own a camera (my whole life)... so if it means I come to you or you come to me or we meet up somewhere halfway then that's when we'll do our photo adventure...

    Which will hopefully, if anything, provide you with some seriously awesome new Facebook profile pictures. * You'll get a fancyfied DVD with all your full-resolutions photos.

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    All the above + I will fly to you and have a weekend-long photo adventure (with in the next year) of the likes of which you've never seen! We'll end up with a stack of polaroids, thousands of (hopefully) awesome photos, on and on. We could spend a day somewhere special to you... Whatever it is, I will be there to take many, many, many photos. Nothing pervy though, people ;)

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- (30 days)