What is the Legacy Project?
The Legacy project is a fascinating not-for-profit endeavour to capture the mystifying stone remains of prehistoric sites scattered across the British Isles. Ancient stone circles are a remarkable legacy of Neolithic Britain, their shadowy origins stirring the hushed whispers of fables and legends throughout the ages.
Escape with Jason Friend on an eloquent photographic journey that pays homage not only to the prehistoric remnants of a lost civilisation, but to the soul of a landscape immersed in mystery and wonder - a journey that aims to raise public awareness of these precious ancient monuments, and to assist in their preservation for future generations.
The Legacy project is the realisation of an idea that was inspired many years ago - it was Jason’s early visits to these sites that sparked his initial desire to learn photography. Spellbound by the power these archaic stone remnants wield across the landscape, Jason longed to capture the essence of these mysterious locations on film. This would take him on an incredible journey that would eventually lead to a career as a renowned professional landscape photographer.
Moving beyond a mere appreciation of the aesthetic, the aim of The Legacy Project is not simply to record the physical structure of these stone circles, but to instil a complete emotional experience which conveys the ethereal nature of these megalithic sites. Through this photographic journey, Jason wants the ancient spirit of the landscape to wash over you – for you to think, to feel, to imagine what once took place where the stones remain.
In order to capture the stark and dramatic tone of these mystical landscapes, the project is being shot entirely in black and white using a mixture of infrared film, and infrared converted digital cameras. Traditional photography equipment will also be used to produce images taken during extreme long exposures (sometimes exceeding 10 minutes) to portray a sense of passing time, hinting at the trove of secrets the stone circles have held throughout the ages.
To date, the Legacy Project has led Jason along a fascinating path of discovery across the stunning British countryside, including visits to historical sites in the Orkney Islands, Isle of Arran, Oxfordshire, Cumbria, and Northumberland. The most recent destination in the Legacy journey was Wiltshire, to the impressive Neolithic remains of the Avebury Complex, then onward to the most famous stone circle in the world - Stonehenge.
I am now looking for help to fund my next few trips, and also to help finance the creation of an interactive iPad & Android App which will showcase these sites and the images I have made at them. The App will almost be a developing book, as I continue to visit new sites I will be regularly updating the app. I also plan to release an eBook at the end of 2014 which will be a permanent record of the project so far.
The main objective of raising the funds through Kickstarter is to make it a self sustainable project. As I said before, I am not undertaking this project to make money but also I can not continue to afford the raising costs of travelling throughout the British Isles. The plan is to reinvest every penny made through sales of the ebook, app, greeting cards and prints to not only fund future trips but also hold a series of exhibitions throughout the UK. The first exhibition confirmed is to be held at the prestigious Joe Cornish Gallery in Northallerton in 2015.
In order for me to achieve this goal, I need to raise at least £250 for the next stage of the project to continue.
Keep The Mystery Alive...
By pledging towards the Legacy Project, you will be helping to raise public awareness of these incredible megalithic sites, and to assist in their preservation for the benefit of future generations.
Risks and challenges
Ultimately the major risk to this project is lack of initial funding for the next stage. Without it, it can not become a self sustainable project and my aim to visit over 300 UK prehistoric sites will not become a reality.
However, there are no real ongoing concerns once the project has received funding. Perhaps the only concern would be the British weather but thankfully these monuments have survived for over 5000 years and I am more than happy to wait for the perfect conditions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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