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A London gallery has asked me to have a solo show of my series, Earth Magic. I'm here on Kickstarter to make it a reality!
A London gallery has asked me to have a solo show of my series, Earth Magic. I'm here on Kickstarter to make it a reality!
57 backers pledged $3,404 to help bring this project to life.

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A London art gallery has graciously invited me to have a solo exhibit of my photographs, on one condition:  I have to attend the reception.  In addition, I have a lot of artwork to finish in order to have a great exhibition, so here I am on Kickstarter trying to make it all work.

The gallery would like me to show my body of work called Earth Magic.  This is a series of photographs taken with the wet plate collodion process - the photographic negative is a piece of glass treated to be sensitive to light.  It's a long, labor intensive process that lends the series its unique look. 

I've called Earth Magic my "witch" project, as I've been inspired by a lot of the old literature regarding witchcraft - books such as Compendium Maleficarum and Malleus Malificarum.  With Earth Magic I've envisioned a matristic, nature based world; a female-centric, ritualistic community completely apart from the rest of society.  This is a history of "witchcraft" devoid of "witch hunts," a race of women who draw their energy and inspiration from the Earth itself.  What if there were a truth to the myths of Amazons and the books like Aradia, Gospel of the Witches? What if these truths were presented faithfully? 

I'm thrilled at the prospect of finally letting the world see these photographs they way they are meant to be seen:  as a collection of high quality darkroom prints.  If I can just get your help assembling the last of the money needed for plane fare and darkroom supplies, it will be amazing! 

For more images and updates, visit my photography website, and join my Facebook group.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you,

Rik

Earth Magic image #1 - available in some packages

Earth Magic image #2 - available in some packages

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    Handwritten thank-you note mailed in an envelope with a collection of postcards from previous exhibits.

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    Limited edition CD-R including some of the music from my handmade book, Finis Gloriea Mundi. For more information, see this video: http://youtu.be/EeyMeZrvrmE Also: postcards and handwritten thank-you note.

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    Print of "Earth Magic" image #1. This is an 8x10 digital reproduction made specifically for this Kickstarter project. While it certainly can't compete with an archival darkroom print, this is a nice way for people to have something to hang on their wall for a low price. SIgned, with a handwritten thank-you note and postcards.

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    The "Earth Magic" reproduction mentioned above AND the "Finis Gloriea Mundi" CDR, with thank-you note and postcards.

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    Prints of "Earth Magic" images #1 AND #2. Both are 8x10 digital reproductions made specifically for this Kickstarter project. Signed, with a handwritten thank-you note and postcards.

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    Both of the "Earth Magic" reproduction prints, PLUS the "Finis Gloriea Mundi" CDR. Also: handwritten thank-you note and postcards.

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    Three archival pigment prints of images from my "Symbiosis" series, suitable for framing. These are of the same high quality as the prints in the handmade book, but you don't have to destroy a book to hang this on your wall. Signed, with a collection of postcards and handwritten thank-you note.

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    The assortment! Three archival pigment prints of images from my "Symbiosis" series, as mentioned above. Signed, with both of the "Earth Magic" reproduction prints listed at the $40 price, the "Finis Gloriea Mundi" CDR, a collection of postcards and handwritten thank-you note.

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    Witchy print! 3x4 inch test print from the "Earth Magic" series printed in the darkroom on 4x5 inch fibre base paper. Why so inexpensive? Because it's a small test print and the print you get is a surprise. Do you like surprises? A great way to add to your art collection (or start one). Signed, with handwritten thank-you note and postcards.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Things are getting serious! One of the authentic "Earth Magic" test print listed at the $125 range, both of the 8x10 reproductions, the "Finis Gloriea Mundi" CDR, a handwritten thank-you note and postcards.

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    Commission your own artwork with a custom wet plate photograph! For those of you who can make it to Chicago, this could be a portrait of yourself. If you can't, this can be a photograph which I take according to your ideas. Includes either a one of a kind 3x4 inch glass plate positive (ambrotype), or a contact print from glass plate negative (your choice!). Does not include reproduction rights for commercial use - get in touch with any questions!

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    Everything in the $200 assortment, PLUS a custom wet plate photograph as mentioned above. This is an insanely cheap way to have a vast array of artwork, including a custom photograph.

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    16x20 print of one of the images from the Earth Magic series which will be in the exhibition. This is the same quality that hang in galleries. Printed by myself in the darkroom on fibre base paper, archivally toned and signed in acid free ink. Suitable for framing. Contact for availability.

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