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About this project

The return of the Human Light Suit to Black Rock City in 2011!

This year, the Human Light Suit is complemented by the Human Light Stands and a new experimental piece of gear that houses about 30 flashes in one.  2 or 3 new suits will be made AND we'll have a pedal-powered "car" with a super-powered flash extending above it to light the large-scale art during the day!  The media team @ BMorg is helping me hunt down the artists and photograph them with their pieces -- Lots of momentum on the project, we just need your help to make it a reality in 30 short days!

The goal is to produce a body of work that can be submitted to the Burning Man organization for consideration for publication as a book.  I'm taking a skeleton crew into the desert, we will be battling fierce weather, wind, and dust as we carry all our gear on our backs each day.  At night I'll be editing the shots in the back of a rented cargo van on a laptop.  We're going with only solar panels as our power source, there are no electricity hookups, no cell service, and no internet to speak of.  This project will be completely created off-the-grid.

This new setup (assistants as lights) will allow me to photograph with more versatility than last year, which I considered a trial run.

The funding requirements are primarly for equipment rental, transportation rental and fuel, and to feed my volunteers!  Nobody is being paid to do this, it's entirely a labor of love. (want to help?  eMail us we need people on the playa). We are using recycled and used goods where possible and everyone helping out both before and during the event (lots of welding will be going on...) is donating their time and efforts for free!

More video and images from the project as we move forward to follow!

Every donation helps make this project a reality! Even $1 gives us momentum. 

Anyone donating $5 or more will receive an invite to a post-kickstarter, pre-burning man party at Schwabel Studio in Venice Beach, CA.

Give what you can!

More info to follow -- supporters get access to the project as it unfolds!


BACKER REWARDS

I want everyone who helps to get something in return. Everything from $15 up includes something mailed to your door.  Here are some photos so you know what we're talking about!

  • -$25- Human Light Suit Postcards!A set of postcards from the 2010 project. Take them to Burning Man and mail them to friends from there!
  • -$45- The "Classic" Evil Mickey T-Shirt. From last year's fundraiser!  Now available in colors and both Men's and Women's sizes (including my favorite - the maternity shirt!).  T's are made by American Apparel of organic cotton.
  • -$100- SHOOTING MALE limited edition re-release.  A signed copy of Eric Schwabel's book, SHOOTING MALE, published in 2009 by Bruno Gmunder, this version is the  re-release with a new cover, which also includes a signed 8x10 print!  3 different covers available, each in an edition of 150!
  • -$100- Signed Print.  Any image from Eric's archive.  Visit http://schwabelstudio.com or google Eric Schwabel if you're not familiar with the work.  We'll hopefully have an archive of work up in the coming weeks for you to choose from!  Or choose from last year's (or this year's) Burning Man project photos.
  • -$500- Bound portfolio of images.  This one is limited and will only be created for this kickstarter campaign.  A bound, 50 page portfolio of images from the project. Printed on photographic paper and assembled by hand and signed by photographer Eric Schwabel. We will only make as many as are asked for during this fundraiser, this is extremely limited-edition!
  • -$1000- A half-day studio session with Eric Schwabel.  This one can only be done if you're in Los Angeles or plan on being here sometime.  Come to my studio in Venice Beach and we'll create an amazing portrait of you and/or your family!  Going to Burning Man?  Want to do it there?  We'll block out time for you then!

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    Anyone donating $5 and up gets an invite to a pre-Burning Man celebration at Schwabel Studio in Venice Beach, CA. PLUS anyone who selects this $5 reward will get a personal thank you postcard mailed to your door!

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    A super cool photograph infused into aluminum and coated with acrylic. Add a chain and it's wearable! (Plus access to one full rez download and an invite to the party!)

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    The previous rewards plus a set of HUMAN LIGHT SUIT postcards mailed to your door!

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    A signed 5x7 print from the project of your choice, plus a postcard, a full rez download, and invite to the party!

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    The "classic" EVIL MICKEY t-shirt PLUS a set of HUMAN LIGHT SUIT postcards PLUS download any one full resolution image from the project!

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    An 8x10 signed print from the Human Light Suit project or any of Eric Schwabel's archives PLUS a set of Human Light Suit postacrds PLUS download any one full resolution image from the project and an invite to the party!

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    A signed copy of Eric Schwabel's book, SHOOTING MALE - new Limited Edition Release which includes a signed 8x10 print PLUS a set of HUMAN LIGHT SUIT postcards mailed to your door PLUS download any one full resolution image from the project!

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    An 11x14 signed print from any of Eric Schwabel's archives PLUS a set of HUMAN LIGHT SUIT postcards mailed to you, PLUS download any one full resolution image from the project.

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    A 24x30 signed print from this project or any of Eric's archives, plus one free full rez download, and a set of postcards!

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    A hardbound portfolio of images from 2010's project -or- both 2010 and 2011 (upon completion), PLUS a set of postcards PLUS any one 11x14 print from this project or any of Eric's archives, and download any one full resolution image from the project!

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    Get photographed by Eric Schwabel in his closeup "faces" style at his studio in Venice Beach, CA! Plus a bunch of the goodies from the previous rewards!

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    A 30x40 signed aluminum print -- the image is infused into aluminum and acrylic-coated. These prints are AMAZING art pieces and this is well below the typical price. Plus the download and postcards!

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    A half-day portrait sitting with Eric Schwabel at his Venice, California Studio, and a bag o' goodies and prints from some of the previous rewards!

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    A 40x60 signed aluminum print -- the image is infused into aluminum and acrylic-coated. These prints are amazing art pieces, and this is offered below the typical price for this work. Also includes a free full-rez download and some goodies from the previous rewards.

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    A full day photo shoot complete with hair and makeup at Eric's studio in Venice or on location, and we'll throw in a bunch of goodies from the previous rewards!

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- (30 days)