About this project
SPICING UP UPDATE!!! STRETCH GOAL 23.000€ - 16-page tabloid diary
There's something amazing going on here! We're just less than 200€ away from reaching the goal. This is just AWESOME.
I have something in mind to spice up these remaining 48 hours!
STRECH GOAL TO 23.000€!!!
If we hit this new target, I will be able to produce a stunning 16-page tabloid format diary designed by Kummer & Herrman Studio. This will be a wonderfully curated diary of this amazing road trip made of instant photos, notes taken from the field and other images to tell the story of this journey.
EVERY SINGLE BACKER WILL RECEIVE THIS LOVELY SMALL PUBLICATION IF WE REACH 23.000€!!!
This will be another chance to be part of this fantastic story!
THE ROAD TRIP
Two months on the road from Italy to the northernmost point of mainland Europe and back. A journey through different climates and landscapes, a long-awaited adventure that I now have the opportunity to undertake, thanks to a new, high-tech prosthesis.
This project represents a re-birth and a re-appropriation of what was at some point lost. This rather intimate journey will be told through a mix of portraits, landscapes and interiors.
Reaching the northernmost cape and coming back is a metaphor of my experience. I will progressively abandon populated areas, moving across an almost uninhabited land and then come back to my usual places and life.
I will travel with my friend and colleague Lucas Pernin, who will document the trip from a different perspective. He will act behind the scenes to show the hurdles, encounters and (extra)ordinary daily life.
Reaching the Cape is an inner journey, a challenge, a story - a new beginning of my life as a professional photographer.
In the summer of 2011, while travelling through Bosnia and Herzegovina to work on a project on the Bosnian national identity, I got involved in a serious road accident in which I nearly died. I unexpectedly woke from a coma in October 2011. I had to undergo several surgeries that led to a left leg amputation.
Before the accident I was living in London, where I worked as a photographer for different NGOs, and as assistant for various photographers. At the same time I was attending the Masters in Photojournalism at the University of Westminster in London. I was finally discovering photography as a real profession, but I had to stop and restart again.
Despite the accident, I managed to secure my degree once out of the hospital in October 2012.
My professional vocation is photography. I work mainly with analogue photography, the visual language made of film, chemistry and time. Traditional photography forces you to slow down the pace to focus on the content and the message. This approach gives you the opportunity to tell stories in a deeper way by spending more time with your subjects.
The core of the project lies in the fusion of technology and craftsmanship. I will be using modular camera systems, personalised prosthesis, photographic film, handmade printing and digital communication. In this project, everything is a hybridisation of different elements aiming at the same goal: the celebration of beauty and life.
The project will be shot on analogue film, but at the same time I know the power of instant digital communication. For this reason, different dedicated accounts will be created on social media in order to be in touch with my supporters during this thrilling adventure. You will have the chance to see behind the scenes of the entire journey with video, photographs and interviews straight from the field and be part of an amazing experience.
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My photographic work is available to view on my website: www.matteodigiovanni.com
October - November 2015: The Road Trip
December 2015 – January 2016: The Processing
February – March 2016: Rewards Ship
Now, the amazing ALPA medium format gear I will be using during the road trip
We know that budget is always a very important issue when you travel for so long in uncommon places. We're trying to keep the expenses as low as possible, but we also have to take into consideration the unexpected. There's also material for the production and the postproduction of the body of work. Even if I have many partners, they cannot guarantee me everything I need for the project. Film, chemicals and paper will be purchased at a discounted price, but I still have to pay for everything.
We also have expenses related to the car, including tolls, ferries and anything that can happen on such a road. Never forget about petrol!
I have divided the expenses in an easy graph:
LET'S HAVE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE REWARDS!!!
The following photographs come from a pre-shooting trip I made in May 2015 to have a feeling of what I was about to find during the official road-trip.
I have selected three photographs, which would serve as a starting point in terms of visual language. I will be printing them in Numbered and Signed editions. JUST PICK ONE OF THEM!
Here they are:
1. "TANDEM" Signed and Numbered SILVER GELATIN PRINT available in different sizes! Each size, special edition of 10
2. "NORMANDY" Signed and Numbered SILVER GELATIN PRINT available in different sizes! Each size, special edition of 10
3. "HOSTED" Signed and Numbered SILVER GELATIN PRINT available in different sizes! Each size, special edition of 10
AND NOW ALL THE OTHER REWARDS!
20€ - Shopper Bag 38x41cm (15x16") available in different colours to be personalised with Reaching the Cape logo and quote. Designers working on this!!!
EARLY BIRD 25€ - My set up for Instant Photography. Polaroid modified by CatLABS team to be fed with Fuji FP-100C
30€ - Contact sheet printed on 24x30cm (10x12") RC paper of a 6x7 black and white roll of film. This is a SAMPLE
EARLY BIRD 50€ - Reaching the Cape POSTER designed by Kummer & Herrman
500€ - 6x12 panoramic negative to be printed inkjet on Fiber Based paper 220x110cm (86,6x43,3")
Just click on the image to see who they are and what they do!
Risks and challenges
Once we hit the goal, there will be almost no risks whatsoever. We will have all the expenses covered and everything we need to produce and ship the rewards.
The only annoying thing that can happen is having issues with the high-tech prosthesis, but I have managed to obtain full assistance along the way through different prosthetic centres across Europe in case something happens.
At the same time, the strong team of professionals I have put together will guarantee that everything will work smoothly in order to be right on schedule!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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