I have been a climber and Artist since the early 70s. StoneNudes is a passionate collaboration that began in 1999 when I made my first portfolio of climbing nudes centered in Joshua Tree National Park. I have published a StoneNudes Calendar for each of the last 20 years, the collection has grown to over 250 original photographs featuring both Women and Men.
Over the years I've made photographs in partnership with close to 200 people, on location in several different States in the US, plus Argentina, Spain and Thailand. In 2010 StoneMaster Press (which I co-founded) published a StoneNudes Book.
Why a Kickstarter campaign?
StoneNudes has always been a community-based creative project. Over the years it has evolved into a creative force, an expression of the Climbing experience for many people. I’ve shared paths with some amazing humans while making these images, traveled and have met friends and Muses in some incredible places.
It would not be possible without everyone who has collaborated as a model, a spotter, driver, a talent or location scout; who offered me couches to sleep on; or avid fan who has spread the word. Through this campaign, I can offer my biggest fans the opportunity to order calendars and prints for a significant discount over the retail price.
The second is that for years, people have been asking me to sell them High Quality Prints. I now have a large format printer capable of the quality that I demand to show the true beauty of StoneNudes.
And the third reason is that I'm only printing 500-750 Calendars, this is not enough to cover gathering and printing costs. I’ve been operating at a financial loss for a number of years while experiencing the gain of making images from my soul. Those that support this project feel and understand this, and have always wanted to join with the force StoneNudes has become. The last 20 years has truly been a labor of love, learning, growing and Art, here’s one last chance to share the experience. . .df
Rewards: StoneNudes Prints Choose one of the following images. I will custom print it to order for you, either 11" x 14" or 20" x 24", sign it, and send it to you. Here are the images you can choose from for your print:
Make sure to choose the Reward that has the correct shipping & handling fees built in (for shipping either within the US, or International for shipping to other countries
Risks and challenges
Being as this is the 20th Stone Nudes calendar I've published, I have extensive knowledge in how to create a quality project, from making the photographs, to preparing them for the printer, and being present at all the press runs so that every one of the photographs looks and feels the way I want it to.
Because I will be doing all the packing and shipping myself, as I did in earlier years, you can rest assured that the products are packed well... and for the most part, the US Postal Service has done an excellent job of fulfilling delivery.
I have already finished gathering all the new images for the calendar, so that's not an issue. As soon as this campaign is complete, I will have the funds necessary to go to the printer, so there is also very little risk that the calendars won't be complete or shipped out in a timely manner (ie, by the start of October at the very latest).
The biggest risk to the project occurring at all would be if I don't raise enough money for the printing... and given how Kickstarter works, you won't get charged if that happens. So that's not actually a risk to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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