About

I used to HATE Rococo, an ornamental and over-the-top art movement of the late 18th Century. I studied art history in college and was always rolling my eyes at the frilly femininity of it all.  

The Swing: Jean-Honoré Fragonard: 1767
The Swing: Jean-Honoré Fragonard: 1767
Madame de Pompadour: Francois Boucher: 1759
Madame de Pompadour: Francois Boucher: 1759
Triumph of Venus: Francois Boucher: 1740
Triumph of Venus: Francois Boucher: 1740

Flash forward a few years, I received a mountain of pink and white flowers and my mind instantly fixed upon Rococo. I couldn't get Fragonard's The Swing out of my head. A switch had flipped and almost instantly I began to embrace my femininity in art. It opened my eyes to a whole new facet of my work, one dripping in pastels and petals. 

Self (Assisted by J. Hartley): May 2017
Self (Assisted by J. Hartley): May 2017

I began dreaming of creating a Rococo photo series, everything gilded and opulent. I love taking a classic art movement and making it naked! I was gifted a whole weddings worth of flowers and premiered this series in March, featuring four of my favorite Indianapolis models. All it did was make me want to shoot MORE!  More bed-fuls of beautiful naked humans, lounging in luxury, highlighting everything delicate and dreamy. 

Vagina Woolf: Rococo: March 2019
Vagina Woolf: Rococo: March 2019

So I'm embarking on an extensive photo tour, taking Rococo to cities all over the U.S. from Portland to Philly, Seattle to St. Louis! My goal is to shoot 30 models for this project. 

Trini Bikini ft. Desiree de Carlo: March 2019
Trini Bikini ft. Desiree de Carlo: March 2019

I'm bringing my sumptuous sexy staging with me: flowers and feathers, pearls and gems, lavender, rose and cream. Once I've captured all the images, I want to give this series the showcase it deserves: a decadent fine art photo book.

Patsy Blue Ribbon: March 2019
Patsy Blue Ribbon: March 2019

 The funds will be allocated as follows:

$1000 for travel expenses: gas, food and living expenses for my two months on the road, supplemented by my income as a freelance photographer.  I'm visiting the following cities: Austin (TX), Baltimore (MD), Chicago (IL), Columbus (OH),  Dallas (TX), Denver (CO), Hot Springs (AR), Houston (TX), Louisville (KY), New York City (NY), Philadelphia (PA), Pittsburgh (PA), Portland (OR), Seattle (WA), St. Louis (MO), and Washington D.C. 

$1500 for printing the books and zines.

$500 for additional props for my Rococo shoots: flowers (both fake and real), champagne and cake for the ultimate Marie Antoinette experience.

Desiree de Carlo & Patsy Blue Ribbon: March 2019
Desiree de Carlo & Patsy Blue Ribbon: March 2019

When I finish touring in November 2019, I'll take a month to edit and curate my book, as well as get it proofed and printed. That means I'll be able to deliver rewards to my backers beginning Jan. 1, 2020!

Desiree de Carlo: March 2019
Desiree de Carlo: March 2019

Risks and challenges

Finding models can be challenging. I've spent the last five years developing relationships with models through the burlesque community and have dozens of people willing to pose for this project.

Staying on budget is always a concern. Fortunately I have found models in almost every city I'm going to visit who are willing to trade me lodging for photoshoots. That way I can use my travel funds exclusively for gas, rather than renting shoot locations. I'm also saving money by driving and am taking paid commissions in every city for extra cash. I already have many of the props for this aesthetic, only needing to purchase fresh flowers and edible props at each location.

I have an amazing local print shop in Indianapolis who can help me make beautiful books at a low price.

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    Personalized Postcard

    You will receive a personalized Rococo photographic postcard (artist's choice of 6 different images).

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    Signed Polaroid

    You will receive a one-of-a-kind photograph (either Polaroid or Instax wide) from one of my fabulous Rococo shoots.

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    Rococo Zine

    You will receive a 35 page softbound zine, featuring a visual feast of select shots from my 2019 Rococo series.

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    Hardcover coffee table book

    You will receive a 70 page hardcover art book featuring the creme de la creme of art nudes, worthy of gracing the coffee tables of Versailles.

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    Rococo Review & Meet Up

    Want to pore over my book with me and hear about all my adventures? We'll have a 2-hour rendezvous where I hand-deliver your book and we can discuss everything that went into making it. We will meet up at a place of our mutual choosing!

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