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About

As a photographer with a passion for shooting black and white film, access to a functioning darkroom is a must. Being able to develop film to your own standards is key when considering all the variables that go into the processes that yield expected, consistent, and archival results. 

Developing film in accordance with the parameters established through testing is only the beginning. Maintaining quality control throughout the process is incredibly important for the archival preservation of film negatives to insure they'll be around long after I'm gone.

Once the film's preservation has been taken care of, the true beauty of photography is next, printing the picture. And like the negative, a series of steps must be followed to make sure that the print is crafted with archival processes as well, so that every collector that acquires one of my images may enjoy it for many decades to come.

My campaign's main goal is to raise the required funds to acquire all the necessary equipment as well as build-out the space for a fully functional darkroom, capable of printing and developing black and white photography in accordance with the archival techniques paramount for life-long, fine-art photographs.

Through the years that I've had access to such darkrooms, I've had the incredible opportunity to realize the vision of my craft and create images that have defined my life's work. I am in need of such a darkroom now and have the space to build it. But I require your help to realize this dream.

With a substantial amount of equipment already in place, most of the raised funds will be going to the completion of the required elements for the type of darkroom I require, as well as the building-out of the space. Proper ventilation as well as other safety features will be the first priority. Water filtration, both for incoming and disposal will follow, as the quality of water both in and out is of paramount importance to me.

Once those immediate concerns are satisfied, I'll address the light integrity of the space so as to be able to be up and running at any time without fear of light contamination. The remaining funds will be used to obtain the necessary materials and supplies I'll need to print future products.

My plans for the darkroom extend beyond my own projects. My dream is to be able to share the space with other photographers who've never had the thrill of watching their images "come up in the soup" as well as provide an opportunity for photographers who've lost access to this type of space over the years. As I have been blessed to have had these opportunities in my lifetime, I feel it's vitally important to return the gift. I also deeply believe in keeping these processes alive and well for generations of photographers to come.

I sincerely hope that both my imagery and the scope of this campaign speaks to you on some level. Please take a moment to look through the different rewards I have for offer. In addition to the rewards listed on the right hand side of my campaign page, below, you will find samples of the photographs you could receive for your support.

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about my efforts, and please share freely with anyone you might feel would like to participate in my Kickstarter, and help me to realize my goal. All the best!

Risks and challenges

My biggest challenge in completing my project is the actual building of the darkroom space. Fortunately I have access to a group of trusted individuals trained in the required professions such as carpentry, plumbing, and electrical. As a significant portion of my rewards already exist, I have no concerns of being able to make good on the delivery of them immediately upon the completion of my campaign, with the remaining awards that are dependent on a functioning darkroom to be shipped ASAP. With over 20 years of black and white printing experience and countless portfolios already produced, I am very confident that the rewards that I'll need to create will meet or exceed my supporters expectations.

As I'll be completely dedicated to the process of my campaign, I'll be able to answer any questions my supporters have. I feel communication is paramount in a venture such as this and will be at the ready to discuss any concerns my supporters have regarding this project.

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    Chosen for You - Small Print

    Receive a signed, hand-printed, one-of-a-kind, silver gelatin photographic print, selected especially for you. Your reward with also arrive with a hand-written thank you, including a description and history of your image.

    Image size is 3.25" x 3.25" (exact dimensions vary slightly).

    This reward is ready to ship as soon as the campaign concludes.

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    Chosen for You - Medium Print

    Receive a signed, hand-printed, one-of-a-kind, silver gelatin photographic print, selected especially for you. Your reward with also arrive with a hand-written thank you, including a description and history of your image.

    Image size is 4.5" x 4.5" (exact dimensions vary slightly).

    This reward is ready to ship as soon as the campaign concludes.

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    Chosen for You - Large Print

    Receive a signed, hand-printed, one-of-a-kind, silver gelatin photographic print, selected especially for you. Your reward with also arrive with a hand-written thank you, including a description and history of your image.

    Image size is 6.25" x 6.25" (exact dimensions vary slightly).

    This reward is ready to ship as soon as the campaign concludes.

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    Pinhole Succulent

    This image, measuring 7" x 7", was produced using a 4x5 pinhole camera. This hand-printed series is offered in a very limited edition of nine, and comes signed with edition numbering.

    Your reward with also arrive with a hand-written thank you, including a description and history of your image.

    This reward is ready to ship as soon as the campaign concludes.

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    Chosen For You Triptych - Small

    Receive 3 signed, hand-printed, one-of-a-kind, silver gelatin photographic prints, selected especially for you. Your reward with also arrive with a hand-written thank you, including a description and history of your images.

    Image size is 2.75" x 4" (exact dimensions vary slightly).

    This reward is ready to ship as soon as the campaign concludes.

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    Chosen for You - Extra Large Print

    Receive a signed, hand-printed, one-of-a-kind, silver gelatin photographic print, selected especially for you. Your reward with also arrive with a hand-written thank you, including a description and history of your image.

    Image size is 15" x 15" (exact dimensions vary slightly).

    This reward is ready to ship as soon as the campaign concludes.

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    Praha TMZ Triptych

    These images were taken as a part of a series on Prague. The TMZ refers to the Kodak emulsion used, T-max 3200. (My personal favorite).

    Hand-printed, silver gelatin photographs, measuring 4.5" x 6.5" (image size varies slightly).

    Your reward with also arrive with a hand-written thank you, including a description and history of your image.

    This reward is ready to ship as soon as the campaign concludes.

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    Santa Monica Set of Five

    This set of five images comes from the series, Santa Monica - Holga.

    Hand-printed, silver gelatin prints measuring 4" x 4" (image size varies slightly). These will be signed and numbered.

    Your reward with also arrive with a hand-written thank you, including a description and history of your image.

    This reward is ready to ship as soon as the campaign concludes.

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    Greyhound (NYC) Set of Five

    This set of five images comes from the series, Greyhound (NYC).

    Hand-printed, silver gelatin prints measuring 4.25" x 6.5" (image size varies slightly). These will be signed and numbered.

    Your reward with also arrive with a hand-written thank you, including a description and history of your image.

    This reward is ready to ship as soon as the campaign concludes.

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    Photograph of Your Choosing - Series 1

    Choose one image from the Series 1 collection.

    Your silver gelatin photograph will be printed on 8"x10" archival paper with the estimated image size to be 7"x 7". (Image size will vary slightly.)

    Image will come signed and numbered, with a hand-written note of thanks, detailing the history of the image.

    Due to this reward being dependent on a functioning darkroom, image will ship in October.

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    Photograph of Your Choosing - Series 2

    Choose one image from the Series 2 collection.

    Your silver gelatin photograph will be printed on 8"x10" archival paper with the estimated image size to be 7"x 7". (Image size will vary slightly.)

    Image will come signed and numbered, with a hand-written note of thanks, detailing the history of the image.

    Due to this reward being dependent on a functioning darkroom, image will ship in October.

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    Photograph of Your Choosing - Series 3

    Choose one image from the Series 3 collection.

    Your silver gelatin photograph will be printed on 8"x10" archival paper with the estimated image size to be 7"x 7". (Image size will vary slightly.)

    Image will come signed and numbered, with a hand-written note of thanks, detailing the history of the image.

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    Photograph of Your Choosing - Series 4

    Choose one image from the Series 4 collection.

    Your silver gelatin photograph will be printed on 8"x10" archival paper with the estimated image size to be 7"x 7". (Image size will vary slightly.)

    Image will come signed and numbered, with a hand-written note of thanks, detailing the history of the image.

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    Photograph of Your Choosing - Series 5

    Choose one image from the Series 5 collection.

    Your silver gelatin photograph will be printed on 8"x10" archival paper with the estimated image size to be 7"x 7". (Image size will vary slightly.)

    Image will come signed and numbered, with a hand-written note of thanks, detailing the history of the image.

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    Photograph of Your Choosing - Series 6

    Choose one image from the Series 6 collection.

    Your silver gelatin photograph will be printed on 8"x10" archival paper with the estimated image size to be 7"x 7". (Image size will vary slightly.)

    Image will come signed and numbered, with a hand-written note of thanks, detailing the history of the image.

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    Photograph of Your Choosing - Series 7

    Choose one image from the Series 7 collection.

    Your silver gelatin photograph will be printed on 8"x10" archival paper with the estimated image size to be 7"x 7". (Image size will vary slightly.)

    Image will come signed and numbered, with a hand-written note of thanks, detailing the history of the image.

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    Photograph of Your Choosing - Series 8

    Choose one image from the Series 8 collection.

    Your silver gelatin photograph will be printed on 8"x10" archival paper with the estimated image size to be 7"x 7". (Image size will vary slightly.)

    Image will come signed and numbered, with a hand-written note of thanks, detailing the history of the image.

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    Photograph of Your Choosing - Series 9

    Choose one image from the Series 9 collection.

    Your silver gelatin photograph will be printed on 8"x10" archival paper with the estimated image size to be 7"x 7". (Image size will vary slightly.)

    Image will come signed and numbered, with a hand-written note of thanks, detailing the history of the image.

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    Photograph of Your Choosing - Series 10

    Choose one image from the Series 10 collection.

    Your silver gelatin photograph will be printed on 8"x10" archival paper with the estimated image size to be 7"x 7". (Image size will vary slightly.)

    Image will come signed and numbered, with a hand-written note of thanks, detailing the history of the image.

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    Paper Pinhole Triptych

    This one of a kind set of three photographs were part of an experiment using paper negatives and then contact printed for the final image.

    Image size measures 4" x 6" (varies slightly).

    Your reward with also arrive with a hand-written thank you, including a description and history of your image.

    This reward is ready to ship as soon as the campaign concludes.

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    Select Any 3 Images From Series 1-10

    Choose any three photographs from any Series. Select all three from a single series or a combination of them.

    Your silver gelatin photographs will be printed on 8"x10" archival paper with the estimated image size to be 7"x 7". (Image size will vary slightly.)

    Image will come signed and numbered, with a hand-written note of thanks, detailing the history of the image.

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    Select Any 5 Images From Series 1-10

    Choose any five photographs from any Series. Select all five from a single series or a combination of them.

    Your silver gelatin photographs will be printed on 8"x10" archival paper with the estimated image size to be 7"x 7". (Image size will vary slightly.)

    Image will come signed and numbered, with a hand-written note of thanks, detailing the history of the image.

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    Get the Complete Series of Your Choice

    With this reward you will receive all ten images for any of the 10 series listed above.

    Your silver gelatin photographs will be printed on 8"x10" archival paper with the estimated image size to be 7"x 7". (Image size will vary slightly.)

    Image will come signed and numbered, with a hand-written note of thanks, detailing the history of the image.

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    Five Complete Series Portfolios

    With this reward you will receive all images from any five series, for a total of 50 images.

    Your silver gelatin photographs will be printed on 8"x10" archival paper with the estimated image size to be 7"x 7". (Image size will vary slightly.)

    Image will come signed and numbered, with a hand-written note of thanks, detailing the history of the image.

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    10 Complete Series Portfolios

    With this reward you will receive all images from all 10 series, for a total of 100 images.

    Your silver gelatin photographs will be printed on 8"x10" archival paper with the estimated image size to be 7"x 7". (Image size will vary slightly.)

    Image will come signed and numbered, with a hand-written note of thanks, detailing the history of the images.

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    "Your Name Here" Photo Project/Workshop

    One of my passions is to be able to document a time and place. This reward is will do just that, for you. At a time to be determined, I'll travel to your hometown, or other location of importance to you, and spend a week photographing with you, the place of your choosing. Once all the film is exposed, I'll return home to Des Moines to develop and print your series of 25 images.

    These photographs will be yours and yours alone, with the only other edition to remain in my personal archive. Once the initial prints are made, the negatives will be retired permanently.

    This reward level will also serve as a one on one workshop where we will discuss technique, composition, lighting, and all other manner of photographic ideas that I've developed over my 20 plus years as a photographer.

    You will also receive your choice of 5 complete sets of images from the collection of series portfolios.

    The reward as listed is good only for the continental US. Any potential backers of this reward living outside of the continental US will need to also provide airfare.

    We will work together to schedule a date that is optimal for the both of us, taking into consideration seasonal concepts and the ideal time to photograph your location.

    Should you desire to participate at this level, and the location of choice is not your hometown, somewhere where you'll need lodging, or any other accommodations, those will be your responsibility.

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Funding period

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