On October 15th, 2010 I will open my first solo photography show at the Hotel Hadley Studios in downtown Siler City, North Carolina. This is an exciting and rare opportunity for me as an artist. I plan to print and mount a dozen or so photographs, print promotional materials and purchase food and drink from local farms for the opening night. For that to happen I need some support from not only my local community but also the larger Kickstarter community.
I am immersed in the young agrarian movement as both an observer and participant. In those roles I am fortunate to see both the failures and successes of individuals and their endeavors. The images in this exhibition show some of the strength of the movement and its inhabitants. This is a new subculture, a group of people who have decided that they want more from life than what society at large is offering. I hope to tell their stories as well as my own and continue to document the progress, setbacks and direction changes that are inevitable as we gain experience and age.
Update #1 - Response to this project has been strong right from the start, and I hope that momentum continues to build. If you are considering contributing please be aware that the $600 goal is just the minimum. Funding can go well beyond that - it means more prints on the wall at the show, more support of local farms and more invested interest from you all in seeing this project become a success. It also means the ability to take the show to other locations, which would be amazing!
Update #2 - call for 200% It only took five days to reach 100% funding on my project - I am extremely happy that that has happened. Feels like the support is just getting started and the word is spreading.
With that said, let's keep it going. Another $600 is another full wall of photographs at the show, 24 more feet of my work on display. That would be immensely incredible as well as immensely humbling, the support of friends and strangers coming together to help me achieve something so rewarding.
Update #3 - falling apart to come together:
I was awake early this morning, somewhat nervously thinking about the upcoming show. I had decided last night that I would head into town to catch an Internet signal and start to plan the outline of sizes and placement of the photographs.
I had several folks go through my publicly available photos to see if other eyes aligned with mine on some key shots. In the process of looking over their choices I got sucked into looking through most of my 3,000 photographs related to farming. It was in those folders that I could see my progress as a photographer, and all my ideas for this show began to fall apart and reform.
I have never designed a display like this in a setting like this for an audience like this. To say that I am excited and nervous is to understate the billions of emotions that I am experiencing. The amazing gifts that have come in to support this project just make these feelings that much more intense.
There are still 20 days to go on this Kickstarter Project. I know that some folks are waiting to contribute and might wonder where additional funds would go. Some ideas are to set aside funds for a camera upgrade next year or a badly needed computer capable of handling immense digital files. So I guess the challenge for the 300% and 400% and beyond goals is to support my development as a photographer and artist. I can and will continue to develop ideas for how to take this show on the road as well, and any extra funds are much appreciated for that goal.
Update #4 - culling and storytelling
Every night after feeding the pigs and turkeys, I hook up my laptop to the two external hard drives holding two years worth of RAW image files. I load up Adobe Bridge and get to work on choosing photographs for the upcoming show.
I scrawled out a rough list of about 50 shots and noted what sizes they might work well within. From there I open each file, look for possible problems with sizing and composition and make final color adjustments. Simple enough.
The problem I have right now is the storytelling aspect. I suspect it will come together soon, but time is closing in on getting the prints made...
Update #5 - counting down
I am still moving through photographs, trying to figure out sizing. It looks like there will be six at 24x30. I thought it might be eight, but finding two more has been a challenge. In the 16x24 and 16x20 sizes I feel that there are some strong themes developing. I'm just moving on from there.
On the food and drink fronts, on Friday night we harvested sassafras from our land for use in the root beer. On Saturday morning I helped out with a sorghum harvest just down the road at Okfuskee Farm. I am hoping that the sorghum molasses will be ready in time to add the sweetness to the root beer.
There are ten days to go with the Kickstarter page and then seven more days to the actual show. Please continue to spread the word!
- (30 days)