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Elea ChangBy Elea Chang
First created
Elea ChangBy Elea Chang
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$5,386
pledged of $12,000pledged of $12,000 goal
153
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, January 16 2019 5:22 PM UTC +00:00

About

What comes to mind when you think of disability and chronic illness? Despite our lack of visibility in media, disabled Black, Indigenous, and additional people of color (BIPOC) do exist AND we even have ages between child and elderly. We're here forming supportive communities and building movements, and this time we're reclaiming how we're depicted.

Disabled And Here is a visual celebration of disabled BIPOC in the Pacific Northwest. Help us fund this photo series to spotlight BIPOC with various disabilities – including invisible ones! On top of portraits and interviews, we'll also shoot group pictures for stock photography usage, to provide accessible options that avoid the ableist gaze (commonly known as: seeing disabled people as objects of inspiration or pity rather than the multifaceted humans we are). 

Illustration of scene we want to recreate live, with 5 BIPOC of various disabilities (plus a service dog) and some folx raising their fists
Illustration of scene we want to recreate live, with 5 BIPOC of various disabilities (plus a service dog) and some folx raising their fists

We want folx modeling their own mobility aids and representing different body sizes/types, sexual orientations, and gender identities. The first areas of stock photography we'd like to cover are disability and activism + disability and queerness. To encourage widespread adoption, we'll set up a website where the stock photos can be downloaded for FREE under a Creative Commons attribution license.

What's the projected timeline?

If funded, we'll put out an open call for 10 disabled BIPOC around the Pacific Northwest in late January. As you might have gathered from our usage of the BIPOC acronym, disabled Black and Indigenous folx will be prioritized in this project, since they've frequently been the most impacted by systemic oppression.

We're hoping to shoot around Portland, Oregon sometime in February, with the website going live in March and our blog interviews / photo series being posted weekly from March 'til May.

Can we see more photos from the test shoot?

Absolutely – huge thanks to our fantastic BIPOC collaborators, photographer Tojo Andrianarivo, makeup artist Lana Shapiro, and fellow disabled organizer & model Melissa Chavez!

Portrait examples! Left: invisibly disabled woman sitting on stool. Right: visibly disabled woman sitting on mobility scooter.
Portrait examples! Left: invisibly disabled woman sitting on stool. Right: visibly disabled woman sitting on mobility scooter.
Left: two women strolling side by side, one on foot and one on mobility scooter. Right: woman typing with arthritis gloves.
Left: two women strolling side by side, one on foot and one on mobility scooter. Right: woman typing with arthritis gloves.
Two disabled women holding mugs and chatting on a couch, with a mobility scooter on the side.
Two disabled women holding mugs and chatting on a couch, with a mobility scooter on the side.

In the final project, we do plan to show a much fuller breadth of overall disability diversity and inclusion!

Where's my money going?

We'll compensate the featured models (aiming for $250 each person, but more if we can!), hire make-up and hair professionals (especially someone who knows how to work with Black hair) for the stock photoshoot(s), and of course pay our photographer.

The more money we raise, the more flexible we can be with shoot coordinating (for example, to minimize potential exhaustion, we could spread shoots across multiple days/weeks, incorporate different locations, and/or structure the schedule more).

Budget breakdown estimate:

  • Model compensation: 20%
  • Photography: 25%
  • Production fees (venue rental, makeup / hair styling, props): 35%
  • Rewards: 5%
  • Website development: 5%
  • Administrative fees (Kickstarter + processing fees): 10%

Bonus: your contributions will be 100% tax-deductible!

Tell us more about the rewards?

NEW (as of December 27): For folx backing at the $10 reward level and up, you'll all get a link to download the digital PDF photo book!

If you're backing at the $20 or $50 level, we'll be letterpress printing your coasters and prints and mailing them to an address of your choosing. Because letterpress allows you to feel the impressions of the print and our designs are purposely minimalistic, the coasters and prints are tactile and a bit more accessibility-friendly than a standard digital or foil.

Artwork preview for the hand lettered and to-be-letterpressed coaster and print
Artwork preview for the hand lettered and to-be-letterpressed coaster and print

Who's behind this?

Posing on my mobility scooter in a parking lot | Photo: Celeste Noche
Posing on my mobility scooter in a parking lot | Photo: Celeste Noche

Hi! I'm Elea Chang: community organizer, hand letterer, and disability justice advocate. Previously, I created and ran Affect Conf, an annual 2-day conference amplifying multiply marginalized folx working in, designing for, and creating social change. Affect Conf just wrapped up its third and final event in September and was known for care around accessibility, with things like reservable seating with room for mobility aids, all-gender restrooms, color communication buttons, and a break / renewal room filled with pillows.

Disabled And Here is the first project under the now-slightly-renamed-and-pivoted Affect. We're still focused on multiply marginalized people effecting change, but instead of a yearly conference, have scaled down to smaller events and projects (like this one).

Organizationally, Affect is fiscally sponsored by 501c3 Allied Media Projects, who cultivates media strategies for a more just, creative and collaborative world.

Inspired by many

No project is created in a vacuum, and we wanted to say thanks to the women of color whose previous efforts we're building atop of and whose work you should support!

  •  Vilissa Thompson, founder of Ramp Your Voice and creator of #DisabilitySoWhite
  •  Keah Brown, author of The Pretty One (coming out in 2019) and creator of #DisabledAndCute
  •  Sapelo Square, creators of Preserving the Legacy, a portrait project that launched in 2017
  •  Stephanie Morillo and Christina Morillo, founders of #WOCinTech Chat, which ran a stock photo project from 2015-2016

Risks and challenges

Disability and chronic illness can sometimes be unpredictable. We've tried to budget for that in our projected timeline, but there's still a chance that rescheduling will need to happen and that may lead to rebooking costs or delays in reward delivery & having the website up.

If and when things come up, we'll keep you all posted!

The biggest challenge we foresee is in getting people to actually adopt and use our stock photos, since we'll be self-hosting and don't have a built-in audience. That's where we could really use your help in spreading the word!

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    A public thank you!

    Our website will include a backer page with thanks and appreciation to YOURS TRULY. Or if you want to contribute on behalf of someone, that works too! Either way, just tell us what name you want us to list.

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    The digital (PDF) photo book!

    Don’t feel like going through a website or loading up an entire collection of Disabled And Here photos? No worries! Instead, you can download our “best of” digital PDF book (with image descriptions) and peruse pages of photography at your leisure.

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    Letterpress print in your snail mail!

    "Disabled" is not inherently a bad word and for many of us, it's much more empowering to identify with than euphemisms like "differently abled" or "enabled." To normalize the usage, we're creating a limited-run 5x7 letterpress print encouraging people to SAY THE WORD.

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    Pick your own self-care kit!

    Self care looks different for everyone. Choose between an anxiety, chronic illness, or combo kit and we’ll reach out to check on specific needs and preferences (scent-free? specific allergies?) before shipping. The kits will then be filled with small goodies customized for you!

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    Editorial power!

    Before we finalize the Disabled And Here stock photos, you'll get to look through rough thumbnails and vote for your favorites. The 3 most loved pictures will become part of our published set!

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    LIMITED: suggest a shot!

    This is your chance to commission a specific stock photo! We'll have a list of shots to capture (for example, "people using mobility aids other than wheelchairs/scooters" or "two disabled people on a date"). As long as your suggestion is reasonably doable and in the spirit of our project, we'll add it to our shot list!

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Funding period

- (30 days)