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A photography book and documentary produced for the preservation of Namibia's indigenous artisians and their craft processes.
A photography book and documentary produced for the preservation of Namibia's indigenous artisians and their craft processes.
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Please view our short video for an all encompassing project description. Additional project details, budget information, and crew backgrounds are listed below.

The production of Namibian Craft : Reflecting the Past  will take place in three phases during 2014/15: pre-production, production, and post production.  

In pre-production we will plan the logistics of the trip, research the subject, and begin fundraising efforts.  

Production will take place in Namibia during December 2014 and January 2015. In Namibia, we will document and record indigenous artists and their processes. This could include bead work, pottery, painters, weaving, dancing, and leather work. The interviews will cover basic information and the cultural heritage behind their art.  

Post production will include completing visual products including a photography book, documentary, and exhibition on the project.


Namibian art is under represented around the world, and this project provides an opportunity to preserve culture and magnify the artisan African voice around the world. We will spend time documenting and photographing their process, recording video interviews, and capturing portraits of the artists. All of this material will be used in the final product.  With support in place to translate interviews, we will be able to digitally preserve Namibian Craft and offer open source materials to an international audience. 

We will offer authorship to the artists involved in an effort to be fair to their story, encourage discovery of Namibian artists, and allow for a first-person voice.  The project's permanent contribution to the field includes cultural ties, first person artists profiles, and archiving of disappearing artistic processes. 

It is important to record and translate these interviews because there isn't another resource for this information.

Pinhole test photo from Holga camera
Pinhole test photo from Holga camera

Social Media Outlets:

http://namibiancraft.weebly.com/project.html

https://twitter.com/NamibianCraft

https://www.facebook.com/NamibianCraft

The Namibian Craft : Reflecting the Past team is fully committed to this project.  We have chosen our locations and artisians to be highlighted in the project carefully.  As a testament to our commitment, we have fully funded and successfully completed a location scout.  Our guide and fixer, Albert, met up with the villages we are going to document in order to pre-negotiate filming agreements and expectations.  He also looked into the most economical of accommodations which include small inns and camping facilities.  We have secured four locations for filming and craftspersons who work within the mediums of wood, jewelry, pottery, and weaving.

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Risks and challenges

There are always risks and challenges by way of the unknown with documentary and exploration based projects. One is subject to the changing weather, current events, and a person's ability to relax on camera. The crew's background and cumulative experience in field production will serve to mitigate these risks. We will anticipate possible pit falls and work up "back up plans" before we depart for Namibia.

The other challenge that comes to mind is the difficulty raising funds for a project with this scope of travel and remote access. I have raised $15,000 through the University of Alabama for the project and I have also received additional grant monies in modest amounts. This project will be realized with these funds.

With Kickstarter support, I will be able to lower the amount of funding that I will have to take out a loan to cover. The cost for a much-needed guide, 4x4 diesel vehicle for the trip, and translation services alone are more than I had anticipated. The full amount I am fundraising for both production and post production is $8,500.00.

If you have any additional questions about the project details please message me directly.

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    DIGTAL DOWNLOAD - PHOTO PACKAGE : Once we return to the United States, we will hand select the "best of" photos for you to download to your computer. 15 High Resolution photos of Namibian Craftsmen, Landscapes, and exclusive "Behind the Scenes" pictures.

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    DIGTAL DOWNLOAD - BOOK "Namibian Craft: Reflecting the Past" : You will get a link to digitally download the photography book.

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    WTF - WHY ARE YOU CAMPING? There is malaria in Namibia. With this reward you will support our team to move from the ground - in a tent to a lodge - with AC and modest single bed for the night. In return we will SEND A POSTCARD with greeting from Namibia and post a short video to Instagram of the upgraded accommodation with a SHOUT OUT to you :)

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    LETTERPRESS PHOTO PACKAGE : you will get a set of 2 large 6x6 print of pinhole photo that is hand printed on card stock. These are limited edition prints that will be signed by the artist.

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    PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK : NAMIBIAN CRAFT REFLECTING THE PAST -
    You will receive the offset printed book of this project. It is the driving force of this project. The book will be full color 8x8 book. The content will include pinhole photographs, digital photographs, interviews from craftsmen, journal entries from the creatives on the project and an introduction with information about each indigenous group. There will be a map included which will highlight the areas explored. Approx. 70 pages.
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    SILVER PACKAGE - You will receive all of the digital downloads, a copy of the photography book and the letterpress photos. ****** PLUS your name will be added on the "many thanks" list in our Photo Book, documentary, AND
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