This project's funding goal was not reached on August 26, 2012.
About this project
Fencing is an under-represented sport in the media, in part because the way it is currently photographed. The athletes are shot primarily in an action-sport context, which does a great job of capturing the raw emotions present in the competition, but often obscures the identity of the athletes. I would like to change that means of representation.
What I would like to do:
I would like to photograph the US Olympic and National Fencing teams in a way that very few other photographers can accomplish. My goal is to create images that will invoke a lasting impression for these athletes in order to help them obtain sponsorships, while working towards the creation of an art photo book that will showcase images of the Olympic and National team fencers.
I come from a portrait, fashion, and beauty photography background, which gives me an understanding of how to best represent people using light, composition, and posing. I also spent 10 years involved in the sport of fencing, as a competitor, referee, and coach. This combination of experiences has given me the unique set of tools, knowledge, and connections necessary to photograph the athletes in such a way that they will be shown at their very best.
To realize this vision, I will need your help. The costs associated with producing these photo-shoots would be prohibitive if not for a platform like Kickstarter.
Here is a breakdown of the costs:
The cost of bringing in a makeup artist, wardrobe stylist, and hair stylist is expensive- in total it will cost about $900 to hire in a full team for an 8 hour day. The cost of renting a studio with the right lighting equipment is also expensive as well: it costs about $1000 to rent for the studio for the day with adequate lighting equipment. I will also need 2 assistants on shoot days, which will cost $400 per 8 hour day of shooting. A behind the scenes video will cost $250/ day of shooting. Finally food for the shoots will cost an additional $300/day. All of these costs add up to make the cost of shooting about $2850/day of photography.
The plan is to photograph 5 teams if it is a possibility, over the course of 5 days. That comes out to about $15,000 of fees on the production end of things.
Then, there is the cost of flying in the athletes to New York that do not live here- which will cost a minimum of $400 per athlete. I will need to find them lodging for the days that they are here, which will cost a minimum of $150 a night. The total estimated cost for this is about $4,200
Finally, producing the rewards for this kickstarter can be done for about $1500 which combined with Kickstarter's fees round everything out to about $21,000.
Here are some photos that I was able to make, financing the shoots out of pocket and some of them were made with the help of one of the sponsors: Leon Paul.
Please note that not all of these athletes were sponsored by Leon Paul. Also note that these are examples of my work, and the images are not being used commercially.
Video: Holly Buechel
Makeup/Male grooming was done by both Mirna Jose and Harry Jefferson
Hair: Mirna Jose
Wardrobe was done by Sneed & Djara
Many different things. First and foremost, there will be many many prints made for the kickstarter rewards.
I will also be giving a copy of the photos to the athletes for them to use to help get sponsors in the days leading up to the Rio Olympics.
In addition to the kickstarter rewards and the athletes promotional purposes, I will try to put together both a photo book and a gallery show.
You will get your money back if this project does not meet it's goal. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform, so if the project does not get funded, no money changes hands.
Yes. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the athlete you would like the portrait of and I will make note of it.
Yes, but at a much later date. The people who contribute to the kickstarter will have priority in choosing what prints they would like and if an edition runs out, then no more will be printed at that size.
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