That moral dilemma, cheap goods on the interweb... I mean, I really love that I can afford to purchase items that are necessary for producing my work at a greatly reduced price but I hate not supporting local businesses when i make purchases through the interweb. Huge shout out to the folks at Trail and Ski in Tallahassee!!! I called and asked if they would fit my backpack that I purchased online for my yosemite trip and I would happily pay them for their services. They offered to do it for free :) I still plan on paying them!!!
So, today I started training with a very lightly loaded pack. Getting in shape for our trip to Mt. Ansel Adams in late July. I genuinely enjoy listening to other artists describe their process. Well, this is part of the process for the work that will be made in Yosemite this July. There are 14 days left to pledge to our Kickstarter Campaign. We are currently 74% funded. So, we're close and just need a little push to make it the rest of the way. Pledges in any amount are welcome and rewards ( photographs) are available starting at the $30 pledge level.
Thank you to Jessica Pope for the press release from Valdosta State University announcing our kickstarter campaign!!! Click image below to read the release.
Spent an incredible day yesterday with Bryan Garris and Todd Bertolaet photographing on the Alapahoochee River . None of us had made the downstream trip before. Thankfully, Todd voted for making the half-trip which turned out to be a full day with photographing. We encountered some not at all safe for photo equipment shoals where we had to get out and guide the boats through. I always like an adventure! Looking forward to posting some scans very soon.
Here's a short video clip from when we reached Turket Falls.
Amazed that after three days our Kickstarter Campaign is at 50% funding!!! I have no past experience with "crowd-funding" but this seems pretty incredible to me! A huge THANK YOU to all who have pledged as your support is indispensable in this project. Please continue to share this opportunity. We are starting to get really excited about photographing some of the same territory documented by all of the great west coast masters with the use of the Shen Hao 6x17 camera that this funding will support. This would not be possible without your support. So, again I thank you and look forward to the journey and the delivery of your rewards.
Please continue to share this opportunity with others and again THANK YOU!!!
Dominick & Karen
On another positive note, finally getting out on the Alapahoochee River tomorrow with a few fellow friends and photographers and cannot wait to put some film through the 6x7!!!
So, I think I posted the Kickstarter Campaign at about 8pm last night. As of this afternoon the campaign is 24% funded which I think is fantastic. Please share with your friends and to those who have pledged already a huge Thank You!!! Also, I have finally posted in Instagram and will be posting as often as possible to Instagram while in Yosemite as well as to the Facebook page for our expedition. You can follow our progress through: Facebook or Instagram.
So, VSU decided not to fund the grant for the expedition to Yosemite in July. Somehow the review committee could not understand that using a 6x17 panoramic camera in a completely different landscape/environment/ecosystem was a pretty radical departure from my current body of work. Not to worry, the trip is not derailed!!! Plane tickets have been purchased, reservations for back-country access to Yosemite have been secured and we are still headed to walk in the footsteps of the master. The only difference is I'll be shooting exclusively 4x5 unless we can secure funding through our Kickstarter Campaign. Please check out the Kickstarter site. Their are rewards for donations from $30 - $500. Until then it is shooting commercial work to put food on the table and finding time to get out to the rivers with friends and film.