About this project
This is a proposal to print two large museum quality prints of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords from her election night, November 2nd 2010. This 78 inch by 48 inch image was selected to be in the Arizona Biennial ’11 at the Tucson Museum of Art by Anne Ellegood Senior Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. The second print will be available to be shown at other locations around the USA after the opening of the Arizona Biennial 11, June 24th 2011.
Gabrielle Giffords, “LARGER THAN LIFE”
Election night November 2nd 2010, as Gabrielle Giffords walked up to the podium, I could feel the energy building in the crowd which had gathered to hear her speak. They had come to celebrate her victory at Democratic Election headquarters inside the University Marriott Ballroom. As she spoke, I could hear the conviction in her voice and of her desire to make Arizona a better place to live. I could feel the crowd connecting with every word Gabrielle said, something just seemed important and magical about that moment as I clicked off a series of 20 frames. One of the images was beautiful, powerful, a moment suspended in a digital photograph, 1/60th of one second, an image of a strong confidant woman with her heart open to her community. An image which represents Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as a leader and a role model. By the end of the night it was still a very close race but Gabrielle was re-elected by a very narrow margin.
On January 8th 2011, life changed for everyone in Arizona and across the USA. All that pain and sadness started right here in Tucson on a sunny beautiful day. When that tragic day was over, I looked back at the images of Gabrielle’s election night. I began to think about this image, the energy, the excitement, the joy, the power of Gabrielle Giffords voice locked into that one tiny moment. Although I have not printed this image yet, I thought of this photograph as a really large print, a museum quality print six feet wide. A large photograph that would convey the energy of that night. This image of Gabrielle Giffords just felt “Larger Than Life” I could feel it when I held the shutter button down on my camera and I can see it in this image six months later.
This is a fine art photograph the world needs to see and you can become a part of making this happen.
More about A.T. Willett Photographer: I have documented the ever changing life of the city of Tucson for the past 28 years. The goal of my work is to capture defining moments in events that happen every day, so that the people who view my work experience what it is like to be there. People do make emotional connections to my dramatic photographs, whether it is the Tucson gang member with the Virgin of Guadalupe Tattooed on his back in 1983, the New York City Marathon from atop the Verrazano Bridge in 1985, lightning striking New York’s World Trade Center in 1990 or the Gruver, Texas tornado image in 1995, these images document a specific time and place in a world that changes every day. Perhaps that is why Gabrielle herself requested a large print of my “Black Saguaro” from Etherton Gallery, showing a severe lightning storm with a Silhouetted Saguaro for her Capitol Hill office, a reminder of her of home in Tucson.
Artist Statement: “There is a thin line which separates black from white, life from death, love from hate, beauty from ugliness, compassion from contempt, my life will present both sides if I am open enough to see them. If I can stand in the middle of this thin shifting line with a camera, the moments I create will reveal truth and beauty. These tiny moments in time, document the complex relationships between people and their environment”.
Museum Photograph Detail: The image will be a 78 by 48 inch, photograph printed on Fuji Flex Lamda Film, which will be face mounted to plexiglas, laminated to Aluminum Dibond backing by Imagecraft in Phoenix. It will be an impressive, glassless, frameless photograph which will hang on the wall. I have a full size backup print which was made at Photographic Works Lab here in Tucson on Arches Smooth paper printed on the Epson Utrachrome Printer which is a more traditional Fine Art look.
Questions: What will people think about, dream about, realize, when they stand in front of this image of a brave and powerful woman, a woman that still has dreams, goals and challenges in front of her? What will you think about or realize inside of yourself if you join me in making this happen? This is an invitation to become a funding partner in the creation of these photographic prints I call, Gabrielle Giffords “Larger Than Life”.
Your donation through Kickstarter will go directly to funding these large museum quality photographs. If you know of a Gallery or Museum around the country where the second print could be on display to the public contact me directly.
Thank you for your consideration, A.T. Willett
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