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8x10 inch image- Printed on handmade banana paper
8x10 inch image- Printed on handmade banana paper

 

Hello. I'm Matt Schwartz, who also goes by the name, She Hit Pause. I'm a Polaroid/Film Artist from New York, that has been breathing/shooting/selling my artwork for the last 10 years. 

Up until now, the main themes of my work have been Surf Culture, Women + Travel (Portugal, Ecuador, Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Peru). These years of travel have all been leading up to Japan. I have been saving a large amount of expired Polaroid Film, specifically for this trip.

"Her silhouette in white"
"Her silhouette in white"

 

"Blue, Green + Magic" (Costa Rica)
"Blue, Green + Magic" (Costa Rica)

 

"Purples + oranges"
"Purples + oranges"

The Japan Plan

For 3 weeks I will be traveling throughout Japan, photographing the Yin/Yang. I will start with the sensory overload of Tokyo, with it’s Video Games, Robots, Toys, Candy, Vending Machines and Fashion. I will then make my way into the calmness and beauty of the rest of Japan, populated with Buddhist Temples, Cherry Blossoms and Surfing/Beaches.

I will be capturing these subjects using Polaroid, Polaroid Transfers, B&W Film and Digital.

Aside from the extensive research I have been conducting for months, I have been introduced to other Photographers, Artists, Surfers, Chefs, Gamers and Models from Japan. I view this as essential for me to get closer to the core of Japan.

Rewards

My new series will consist of 50 unique, limited edition images. 10 more images, printed on handmade banana paper will be released at $25,000. All images will only be released to Kickstarter Funders at this price. The remaining work will be released at shows and on the She Hit Pause Site, at my typical prices.

To make sure I can offer something special in return for supporting this project, I'm releasing open editon prints (4x5 inches- 11x14 inches), limited edition prints (16x20 inches - 4x5 feet) and 5 commission slots, in which people can tell me what to shoot and co-art direct a one of a kind, 4x5 foot image. I also thought it would be fun to have little surprise bags that offer a little bit of the cuteness/uniqueness of Japan. I hope that there is something for everyone who is interested in my artwork and these subjects.

4x5 inch image - matted in 8x10 inch
4x5 inch image - matted in 8x10 inch

 

Surprises from Japan
Surprises from Japan

 

8x10 inch print- matted in 11x14 inch
8x10 inch print- matted in 11x14 inch

 

11x14 inch print- matted in 16x20 inch
11x14 inch print- matted in 16x20 inch

 

16x20 inch print- Limited Edition of 50
16x20 inch print- Limited Edition of 50

 

18x24 inch print - Limited Edition of 35
18x24 inch print - Limited Edition of 35

24x36 inch print- Limited Edition of 25
24x36 inch print- Limited Edition of 25

3x4 Feet Print- Limited Edition of 10
3x4 Feet Print- Limited Edition of 10

4 x 5 Feet Print- Limited Edition of 10
4 x 5 Feet Print- Limited Edition of 10

 

 

Risks and challenges

Japan is a completely new territory for me, as far as subject matter, environment and stimulation. Typically I seek out familiar terrain, such as tropical destinations, though this new land is the fuel that is guiding the
project.

My experience photographing in new countries and returning with compete bodies of work for myself and clients has taught me to look through the lens with much weight. Each image is cropped in the camera and I am already looking at the final image. With that said, Polaroid does have a mind of its own, which leads to the charm of this technique.

As my work has grown in popularity over the past few years, I have been introduced to deadlines, budgets and working with others. I have worked on projects in which 800 prints were needed in a week's time and other projects in which I have had to art direct, shoot, edit, print and frame the entire artwork for hotel openings.

The main "risk" will be choosing the strongest images that will tell my story of Japan in the most powerful/beautiful way. Once again, this adds to the fun and inspiration.

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    Images in this size, will tour the UK, Japan and US at many of the major art shows in 2017-2018 (Art Basel, Affordable Art Show, Art Cologne, Etc.)

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