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I don’t even like potato salad: Kickstarter

25 Jul

Like many, I didn’t learn about Kickstarter until Potato Salad Gate. I was doing the late night driving from Little Rock back home when I heard a story of a man, upset with Kickstarter users for backing something as trivial as potato salad rather than his idea for a documentary about bipolar disorder. Potato salad vs mental illness? Of course, I had to look (and you should too, if you haven’t).

What I found was simply amazing: a plethora of artists and crafty-types coming together with a common goal – to ask for funding to make their dreams a reality. being a photographer and lover of all things fine arts, I took to the photo projects.

Here is a short list of my favorite Kickstarter Photography Projects:

The Highway 101 Project, by Desslok (aka: Tony Case).

– A film photographer, using slide film, traveling the roads between Seattle and LA, bringing the likes of wonder (and wander) into a photo book.

Example:

Death Valley Footprints

– Death Valley Footprints, Tony Case

One Mahogany Left Standing – the Maya Lacandon, by Carol Yarrow.

This  stunning photographic series sets out to document the changes surrounding the Maya Lacandon, of Chiapas, Mexico.

Boy with Bird

– Boy with Bird, Carol Yarrow.

Life on the Dole: Documentary Photography Photobook, by Fleur Donnelly-Jackson

The UK-based photographer hopes to produce his first documentary photography book to show the underside of what it is like to claim benefits and to live on them. With such a division class, globally, this projects has the makings of something both informative and thought-provoking. Good Luck, Fleur!

There are many, many other projects on Kickstarter, just waiting to be discovered. You can even help Jon Stewart buy CNN!

Hey, who knows, you may find me on there one day too ;).


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I felt that this photographer was appropriate to showcase, considering my personal situation these days.

28 Oct

As usual, there are rising tensions between my family and the school concerning my middle son (who is a 15yro trapped in a 7yro’s body). Without going into my personal detail (it isn’t my thing), I will now introduce to you Mary Ellen Mark and Extraordinary Child.

Sigurjón with a captured bee, Öskjuhlíðarskóli, Reykjavik, Iceland 2005
Helgi, a punk rock fan in class at Öskjuhlíðarskóli, Reykjavik, Iceland 2005
Emil with snow on his eyelashes, Öskjuhlíðarskóli, Reykjavik, Iceland 2007
 Beinta at home with her brother Levi, who wears a Batman costume, Reykjavik, Iceland 2006

Extraordinary Child is a photographic documentary conducted by Mary Ellen Mark and her husband, Martin Bell that shows the daily lives of Icelandic children with physical and mental illnesses. The series addresses the growing number of Icelandic school mantra “without differentiation.”

“I’m just interested in people on the edges. I feel an affinity for people who haven’t had the best breaks in society. What I want to do more than anything is acknowledge their existence”. – Mark

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Mary Ellen Mark  personal page. Really. You should check it out.