We've reached my initial goal, thanks to a bunch of amazing supporters! However, don't let that dissuade you from donating. I have a good deal of critical expenses for this project, including a plane ticket back from Thailand in the spring, so any additional donations will most certainly be put to good use!
I'll be heading off on a 3-month photographic journey around Thailand and Southeast Asia this January. My trip will begin in Chiang Mai, home to the largest concentration of temples in Thailand, to shoot a photo series on the interaction of sacred places with modern urban settings. I've been fascinated by the urban landscape for years, as those who know my photography are aware, but I've also spent a great deal of time thinking about how the inanimate shells of our cities hold the meaning, tradition and the sacred elements of our culture. That is what I hope to explore in Chiang Mai and Thailand as a whole.
This project is more to me than just a set of photographs, it's my commitment to photography as a discipline, my way of devoting all the time, money and guts I can muster towards learning to support myself by doing what I love. We all need to try do that at one point in our lives, at least. This is mine. Will you help?
After at least a month in Chiang Mai I'll be traveling to a variety of cities in Thailand as well as other parts of Southeast Asia. Accommodations, deposits, travel companions and cameras are all lined up and ready to go. But since I tend to spend a good deal of my resources on film, doing projects like The Portrait Booth or Polaroid 366, I could use some help paying for my travel expenses and plane tickets. What I'm rich in, however, is photographs, and I believe the most profound way to experience photography is the printed image, something we all see less of and less of these days. I want to share mine as far and wide as possible.
So the deal is simple: If you help me afford my travel expenses to Thailand I'll send you signed, original, fine-art photographs from my trip.
How does it work?
Kickstarter.com is letting me accept donations from whoever wants to help me on this project. All the money raised will go to help cover travel expenses, mostly to help cover the expensive plane tickets from Portland to Chiang Mai. We've only got until Halloween day, so please, spread the word!
In exchange for your donations I'll be making a series of photographic prints from my images of Thailand and Southeast Asia. All images will be archivally printed, signed and shipped with care and appreciation. Kickstarter also allows me to post messages to everyone who donates, and I'll be making updates over the course of my travels so you can keep in touch and help me choose the best images to include in the series.
Here's how the gift breakdown works:
Donate $10: Get a postcard from Thailand, PLUS access to my travel updates and photos along with my utmost appreciation.
Donate $25: Receive one signed 8x12 print of your choice from my Thailand series when I return in late March or early April, PLUS a postcard from Thailand and access to my travel updates and photos. (Image will be 8x12 on 11x14 paper.)
Donate $50: Receive three (photos look great in sets of 3) signed 8x12 prints of your choice from the series when I return, PLUS a postcard from Thailand and access to my travel updates and photos. (Images will be 8x12 on 11x14 paper.)
Donate $100: Receive three signed, limited edition 11x16.5 prints. I'll be choosing three images for a unique triptych to only be printed in an edition of 20, ever. You receive all three images, signed and numbered, PLUS a postcard from Thailand and access to my travel updates and photos. If you prefer to choose which images you receive instead getting the limited editions, you can pick any other three images from the entire series printed at 11x16.5. Images will be 11x16.5 on 13x19 paper.
Can I see your other work?
Yes! My photography can be found on my website at pixelgrain.org.
I've done a number of projects in the last couple of years, here are the highlights:
The Portrait Booth Project: A traveling street photobooth / portrait studio that aims to pay homage to the amazing portrait photography of the early 1900s. Portraiture used to be a magical process, practiced by alchemists with results that were treasured as heirlooms. This is my tribute to that history and my attempt to keep it alive.
Polaroid 366: Polaroid film has been discontinued, and it's unique place in pop culture is slowly dying as a result. I took a photo every day of my 30th year to spend time with this amazing medium and to be sure I knew it well.
Obscurae: Braddock, Pennsylvania could be considered ground zero of the post-industrial decline of America's manufacturing communities. I worked together with some Braddock residents to setup an on-going photography exhibit and fundraiser to help people see this town in a new light and raise money to support revitalization efforts there. More of my images of Braddock can be found in my Braddock gallery.
The Sketches: Most of the time I can be found wandering the Portland area with a 60s-era rangefinder. These are my snaps of life, friends, places I've found myself. If I could draw, it would be my sketchbook.
The Photoblog Archive: I've been posting images to my photoblog for over 4 years, during which time I've lived in four different cities on two continents. There are images of all sorts mixed in here, feel free to peruse.
I also have a Flickr account you can check out or add to your contacts list.
A Thank You
A huge thanks to everyone who joins me in this project. I think it's a win-win. I'll get to shoot a subject that fascinates me and make important strides towards a career in photography, and you'll be getting signed fine-art photography, and a good chunk of karma, for an incredible price.
John Ryan Brubaker
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