Kickstarter Campaigns Help Realize Creative Projects

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Help fund the project “The Color of Hay”

The website and company Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects. Based on the idea of “crowdsourcing”, the model itself is relatively new however in today’s fast changing internet savvy world the website as already been widely spread and put good use.

In a nutshell, Kickstarter is an online tool for creative folks to raise funds to start or finish works in process by asking their networks for donations in small, large or medium increments. For example, ask 1000 people for $10.00 and you have $10,000 dollars! The catch? Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. Why? Well according to their about section there are a few main reasons:

  • It’s less risk for everyone. If you need $5,000, it’s tough having $2,000 and a bunch of people expecting you to complete a $5,000 project…and it allows people to test concepts (or conditionally sell stuff) without risk. If you don’t receive the support you want, you’re not compelled to follow through.”
  • It motivates. If people want to see a project come to life, they’re going to spread the word.

Kickstarter projects are all about creating and telling stories. They are efforts by real people to do something they love, something fun, or at least something of note. These stories unfold through blog posts, pics, and videos as people bring their ideas to life.

One such story and kickstarter campaign is in process now by friend and colleague Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin and her husband Henry. (see video above) or Click here to make a donation.

“The Color of Hay”
Transylvania: Photo Book of Europe’s Last Peasants:

Northern Transylvania is the last bastion of subsistence peasant villages in Europe. It is an area so remote that the Romans never conquered them. Yet just two decades after the fall of communism, modernity is finally overcoming their centuries old traditions.

In a single generation, the villages shown here have gone from illiterate poverty to cell phone towers. Kathleen’s photographs capture both the traditions and the change of the first decade of the 21st century. Using a medium format camera with traditional film negatives, she pursues the mission of a documentary photographer by preserving a piece of fading history.

Over 130 photos are displayed throughout 200 pages. Each image carries a caption, a location and a date. The book is organized into chapters on the seasons, the ceremonies, and the meaning of life. Throughout, there are essays, poems, proverbs, ghost stories and songs to add depth to the lives of these special villages.

Your contributions will allow us to make the final payment to the printer. Up to now, we have spent our money and the money of friends. This final amount will complete the long journey to publication.

Pledge $10 or more You’ll receive a thank you on The Color of Hay website acknowledgment page.

Pledge $25 or more You’ll receive a hand-written and signed thank you message on archival pigment Color of Hay 4”x6” postcard + a thank you on The Color of Hay website acknowledgment page.

Pledge $50 or more You’ll receive an archival inkjet pigment dye print, size 8”x10”, of any image on the website http://www.klmphoto.com + a hand-written and signed thank you message on archival pigment Color of Hay 4”x6” postcard + a thank you on The Color of Hay website acknowledgment page.



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