About this project
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!
RikEarth Magic image #1 - available in some packages
Earth Magic image #2 - available in some packages
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