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A collection of San Francisco neighborhood portraits. Medium: Video.

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What is this project about?

The San Francisco Neighborhood Portraits project seeks to preserve the cultural and architectural authenticity of select San Francisco neighborhoods and provide unseen perspectives, often underlining the city’s unique geologic landscapes.  Original San Francisco architecture may be altered to conform to the needs of new incoming businesses and residents, or destroyed in natural disasters such as earthquakes and fires.  Despite the constant refashioning of the city, the relationship between the people of San Francisco and its unique geologic foundation is ever changing.  

By isolating select fragments of the entire cityscape, I have captured significant aspects of San Francisco neighborhoods that may continue to disappear due to the effects of gentrification and cultural shifts.  My neighborhood portraits project has given me the opportunity to archive the unique culture and architecture of the city as documents of what I have been so fortunate to experience from living here.  My film, The Mission, is my first portrait profiling the Mission district of San Francisco, and functions as the template for the entire project.

Neighborhoods of immediate interest for future portraits include The Presidio, Chinatown, Russian Hill, Potrero Hill, Bernal Heights, Telegraph Hill, Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, Lower Haight, the Tenderloin, and those neighborhoods suggested by donators.  The finished production will consist of at least seven San Francisco neighborhoods in the form of single channel video and/or video installation.  Upon completion, I will begin to travel beyond SF city limits, and attempt to construct portraits of cities around the world through simple observations, digital compositing and diegetic sound.

As a recent graduate of Massachusetts College of Art & Design, I no longer have the same access to camera equipment and facilities that were available to me as a student.  Your donations will be used to purchase a camera, lenses and additional equipment necessary for me to resume production immediately.

I thank you in advance for your consideration and contributions.  I hope to be in your neighborhood soon, and, in the near future, cities across the globe.

What will funding go towards?

Primary Funding:

- Camera

- One or two lenses

Additional Funding:

- Extra memory cards & batteries

- Hard Drives

- New Tripod

- Sound Recorder/equipment

- Post Production Work (Color & Sound)

Questions, Concerns & Inquiries?

Please contact me if you are unsure about anything in regards to my project.  You can reach me at the following email:

erbamberger@gmail.com

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    A "thank you" on the SF neighborhood portraits Facebook page.

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    A postcard featuring imagery from "The Mission" with a signed thank you.

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    All of the above + a signed print featuring imagery from "The Mission". International backers please add $5 to this pledge for shipping. Thank you.

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    A t-shirt featuring SF neighborhood collage imagery. The T-Shirt design can be viewed here: http://flic.kr/p/cesiG3. International backers please add $10 to this pledge for shipping. Thank you.

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    All of the above + a "thank you" in the credits of every SF portrait produced.

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    1. All of the above + a video/photo collage portrait of your home, business, or location of your choice (limited to locations within SF bay area). To get an idea of what a video/photo collage portrait of a home may look like please see here: http://flic.kr/p/ceNgJS. Please consult me on location before pledging. Thank you. Or, 2. All of the above + set of prints featuring imagery from every SF portrait produced.

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    All of the above (excluding one option from the $200 pledge) + an associate producer credit for one neighborhood of your choice.

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    All of the above + an SF neighborhood of your choice + an executive producer credit for that neighborhood. Please consult me on desired neighborhood before pledging. Thank you.

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