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Anya AntiBy Anya Anti
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Anya AntiBy Anya Anti
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$3,250
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44
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 13 2018 3:23 AM UTC +00:00

About

Last flight
Last flight

About me

I'm a New York-based internationally published and award-winning photo artist who specializes in on-location fine art and conceptual portraiture. Originally from Ukraine, I moved to the United States in 2014. I've been into photography since 2009 and as a self-taught, I gained all my knowledge and inspiration through social media and online photography communities. A year-and-a-half later, I started creating fairy surrealistic female portraits, which became my preferable genre and a hallmark of my work.  

I'm a dreamer. For me photography is not only what I love and what I do, it’s also how I see the world. It's a reflection of my deep emotions and passion for beauty. What I want to show is not just a beautiful image, but also to convey an idea, to capture the atmosphere and play with associations. Installations, costumes, and Photoshop manipulation help me to embody my dreams into a finished piece of art. If you listen carefully my silent pictures will tell you a story. I shoot mostly with old vintage manual lenses like Helios and Petzval. Their imperfections help me be more creative and achieve that dreamy effect.

I have taught in multiple countries as a workshop instructor and speaker. My work has been showcased at exhibitions and published around the globe. In 2015 was a lucky winner of Broncolor GenNEXT sponsorship and took 2nd place at Fine Art Photography Awards Professional Fine Art category. In 2017 I took 3rd place in IPA People Self-portrait category and was selected for IPA Best of Show exhibition in New York, took 3rd place in ND awards Fine Art Conceptual category.  

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Why I am doing this   

I'm a wanderer and love adventures. I am fascinated and inspired by the beauty of the world around me. That's why I love to travel, explore, and capture different corners of our planet. A few years ago I visited Iceland for the first time and was completely amazed and captivated by its beauty. I've traveled to many places before but none of them compared to what I felt and saw in Iceland. Words can't describe how unique and beautiful this place is. Visiting Iceland had a great impact on me and made me realize that its fragile beauty may disappear. The thought that those natural wonders are being affected and destroyed by the changing climate is very upsetting to me. 

Off the tide
Off the tide

Why climate change awareness is important

Ecology problems that are threatening our environment and affecting everyone on the planet don't get enough media attention. Climate change brings major consequences such as global temperature rise, warming oceans and sea level rise, reduction of glaciers area and shrinking ice sheets. Glaciers all over the world are melting. They will be gone in 200 years if global warming continues like this. It is time to take responsibility for our actions and start looking for solutions. We need to understand that nature should be cherished and celebrated.  

Climate change facts according to National Geographic and NASA:  

  • "The planet's average surface temperature has risen about 1.1 degrees Celsius since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide increased in the air by nearly half mostly since the 1960s. Most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years. 2016 was the warmest year on record."
  • "Glaciers are retreating almost everywhere around the world. The Arctic has warmed more than the rest of the planet, and its ice cover has thinned and shrunk. Last September, at the end of the summer melt season, the ice extent was about 825,000 square miles smaller than the long-term average - a loss equal to the size of Alaska and California combined."  
  • "Worldwide, the number of climate-related disasters has more than tripled since 1980."
  • "Global sea level rose about 8 inches in the last century. The rate in the last two decades, however, is nearly double that of the last century."

About the project  

Our daily life is changing due to the climate change and I have seen the effects of it within my own lifetime. Winters are getting warmer and the weather is more unpredictable. I've always deeply cared about the environment and our planet and feel like my work can help raise the climate change awareness. I've already done some photoshoots inspired by ecological issues in the past but I think now it's time to work on a bigger project.  

I want to create a series of photographs to spread climate change awareness and I think Iceland would be a perfect location because it has some of the most unique and diverse landscapes on the planet. I want to capture and preserve Iceland's incredible wonders through my art while I still can. While traveling through the country I’m going to photograph several concepts which represent different climate change issues featuring a model and costume design. I and my team will rent a car and stay in Iceland's best locations and shoot different scenes. I'll develop several ideas into concepts and prepare props and costumes. The team will help me capture my photographic journey on video and film behind the scenes.  

I scream
I scream

Where the money will go  

Being a fine art photographer is a struggle of balancing between doing what you love and believe in and still making a living. I believe this project can make a difference. I believe artists have the power to make the world a better place. But it requires a lot of resources, energy, and effort from my side to put everything together, to buy proper materials, to create props, costumes and to collaborate with other creatives. My photography is a product of passion and projects like this one are usually personal and non-commercial, so this means I have to fund them myself and invest my own money. This project is one of the most ambitious projects I've done and unfortunately, I cannot self-fund it completely.  

That's why I'm asking for your help!  

The money raised in this Kickstarter campaign will cover:  

  • Flight tickets, car rental, accommodations, meals etc;
  • Model fee, renting costume designs and making props;
  • Equipment rental and production of behind the scenes video;
  • Printing and shipping costs for the postcards and the prints.  

Rewards

By backing my campaign you are not only helping me bring this project to life. There are so many rewards for every donation! You'll have an opportunity to receive:

  • a set of postcards with photographs from the project;
  • my signature color Lightroom presets;
  • limited edition signed prints from this project 10x10 and 20x20 inches;
  • a video tutorial where I go through the process of creating a photograph from an idea and development to shooting and post-production. Have a chance to be a part of my creative process from the beginning to a finished piece of artwork, join me on set and watch my photographic journey! This tutorial will include preproduction, development, shooting, behind the scenes from our trip and full retouching process of one of the images from the series. Over 3 hours of material! 
  • a photoshoot or a private fine art photography workshop. Have a chance to be a part of my dreams and have a personal full production 2-hour photo shoot and 5 edited and retouched photographs after the shoot. Or learn about photography from me during private full day fine art photography workshop which will include photography theory, hands-on shooting with a concept and model, and editing session. You have to be in New York City or be responsible for your own travel, lodging, and expenses.

After  

After the project is fully produced I plan to promote it through social media, photography online communities and educational platforms, as well as an exhibition in NYC  

Anya showcasing her work at Photo Plus Expo 2016 in NYC
Anya showcasing her work at Photo Plus Expo 2016 in NYC

I hope with your support I'll be able to make this project happen! Let's spread the climate change awareness together and make the world a better place. Every donation of any amount counts. Thank you so much!

Risks and challenges

It is always a challenge to produce a photo shoot especially in a remote location with unpredictable weather conditions. I will have to travel overseas, deal with cold weather, and variables traveling involves. But I and my team can overcome these challenges because I've already been to Iceland several times before and have over 6 years of experience working in the photography field. I'm familiar with locations, expenses, and know what to expect.

For this project, I plan to go to Iceland in September this year. All materials should be ready by the end of the year. All concepts for the project have been already thought through, sketched and planned.

If there are any significant changes or any unforeseen complications I will keep all backers informed via Kickstarter and through my social media network.

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    THANK YOU POSTCARD

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    POSTCARD SET, 1 LR PRESETS PACK or 1 PSD

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    VIDEO TUTORIAL

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    This tutorial will include:
    • preproduction and development
    • shooting and BEHIND THE SCENES
    • full editing process of one of the images from the series.
    • 1 RAW file and 1 LR preset
    • 1 PSD file of the edited image

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    LIMITED SPECIAL OFFER!

    VIDEO TUTORIAL + LR PRESETS + SKYPE SESSION

    • Video tutorial
    • 1 PSD file
    • LR presets bundle (3 of my signature Lightroom presets packs, 6 presets each)
    • 1 hour private Skype session. Ask me any photography related question or get a portfolio review!

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    SILVER BUNDLE

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