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I'm bringing a one-man portable photo studio, complete with 4800w/s of light and medium format digital capture to Burning Man (again!).
I'm bringing a one-man portable photo studio, complete with 4800w/s of light and medium format digital capture to Burning Man (again!).
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The Human Light Suit 3.0 is coming (back) to Burning Man in 2012, and also moving beyond the annual event in the desert!

In 2010 I constructed the first Human Light Suit as a means to photograph  the citizens of Burning Man's Black Rock City in a way that -- as a professional photographer -- seemed most appropriate to me. 

In 2011, I refined the suit with a more streamlined lighting concept.

In 2012, I'm going back with the knowledge and experience of the past two years, and updating the Light Suit once again, but I will also be building a non-mobile photography studio that will be open most evenings on the ground level of "Baal-Mart" (on Esplenade, for those who are attending and looking for me).

The project is also moving beyond Burning Man. In the past, I've used kickstarter as a means to supplement the equipment I own with rented gear for the week at Burning Man. This year, in addition to going to the event for 2 weeks instead of 1 (I'll be arriving early), I'm asking for your help to start investing in some of the electrical components needed to make these lights portable, so that this project can sustainably move beyond one (or two) week(s) in the desert.

"Junk" installation and creators at Burning Man 2011
"Junk" installation and creators at Burning Man 2011

Baal-mart will be graciously supplementing me with electricity at night, while last year's solar setup will recharge the light suit batteries during the day!

The majority of expenses with this project are in the rental or purchase of equipment. The $5,500 goal we are asking for, after kickstarter and reward fulfillment, will cover about half of the cost of producing this project this year - so as with a lot of these Burning Man projects, the more we can raise, the bigger and better we can make this project!

Halcyon, photographed during this Pink Parade at Burning Man 2010
Halcyon, photographed during this Pink Parade at Burning Man 2010

Check out the Human Light Suit on these blogs!:

3 Amigos! Near Otic Oasis, 2011
3 Amigos! Near Otic Oasis, 2011

REWARDS!

This year, we have a beautiful logo, created by Tri Vo Studio of Brooklyn, NY!

Backer rewards include stickers, buttons, t-shirts, postcards, photographs (anything from my archives is fair game), books, portfolios, you can even set up a photo shoot with me at my studio in Venice Beach, CA (at a very reduced rate!).  Anyone donating $100 or more will be invited to a special backers-only party at my studio in Venice and receive a Human Light Suit swag bag!

A slew of rewards for everyone who donates $5 or more!
A slew of rewards for everyone who donates $5 or more!
Awesome Family - 2011
Awesome Family - 2011
Mish Shell at Sunset, 2011
Mish Shell at Sunset, 2011
Family Portrait, 2011
Family Portrait, 2011
Blow-Up Girl! In front of the Trojan Horse, 2011.
Blow-Up Girl! In front of the Trojan Horse, 2011.

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    A Human Light Suit postcard and personal thank you mailed to you!

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    A Human Light Suit logo sticker designed by Tri Vo Studio, and postcard with personal thank-you!

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    A collection of 5 - 5x7 Human Light Suit postcards and a personal thank-you mailed to you!

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    A lovely round Human Light Suit logo button -- designed by Tri Vo Studio in NYC -- I'll be giving these out to everyone I photograph this year as well!

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    A credit card-sized, indestructible aluminum photograph from the Human Light Suit project and postcard with personal thank-you mailed to you!

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    A signed, 5x7 photograph from any of Eric Schwabel's archives, plus a sticker and personal thank-you postcard!

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    Johnny Hazzard Pinup Postcard Pack! A set of 5 postcards of Johnny, photographed by Eric Schwabel, plus a personal thank-you from Johnny! Also includes a HLS sticker and personal thank you HLS postcard from Schwabel! **International Supporters: Please add $5 for shipping**

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    Swag pack "mini"! A personal thank-you postcard, logo sticker, 5x7 postcard pack, logo button, and indestructible aluminum print mailed to your door!

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    Human Light Suit logo T-shirt! Choose from natural white with pocket logo and large back logo, or dark color with front *or* back logo -- your choice! Stickers and a postcard too!

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    A signed 8x10 photograph from any of Eric Schwabel's archive!

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    Johnny Hazzard's handmade "half evil" T shirt! Each is made by hand by Johnny and completely unique! See picture to the left. Includes a HLS postcard and sticker!
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    Stainless Steel Human Light Suit logo water bottle -- perfect for the playa! (Plus a sticker and personal thank-you postcard!)

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    A signed copy of Eric Schwabel's book of photography, "Shooting Male" limited or original edition! These are the last 10 copies Eric has available.

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    Swag Bag "Large!" All the great items from the $40 swag-bag "mini" plus a signed 5x7 print and a Human Light Suit logo t-shirt!

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    A signed 11x14 photograph from any of Eric Schwabel's archives!

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    An invite to the Human Light Suit pre-burn party in August at Schwabel Studio in Venice, California and a swag bag that you can pick up at the event!

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    A signed 20x24 print from any of Eric Schwabel's archives!

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    Your own Human Light Suit photo shoot! We'll take the rig on location anywhere in the LA area (Malibu, perhaps?) and shoot your portrait! You can also choose to have a plain old boring studio photo shoot with Eric Schwabel at his Venice, California studio. Either way, you also get a signed print, and invite to the August party!

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    The 2012 Hand-Bound Portfolio of Eric Schwabel's work. Signed, and limited to 10 copies. Matches the 2010 and 2011 volumes. (also a swag bag and invite to the pre-burn party!)

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    All 3 of the portfolios - 2010, 2011 and 2012. 8x10 photographic prints, bound and assembled by hand into 3 matching volumes. Each is signed and numbered.

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