FRACTURE will be a fine art series of cinematic scenes and panoramic landscapes that imagines a future world altered by unregulated fracking. The series centers on a family and their experience living in this changed environment. While each image will make it’s own statement on environmental degradation, observed together these scenes will weave into an overall dialogue about our consumption of natural resources, and the resulting effect on the planet.
This series is not a documentary, or photojournalism - it is a fine art series, with an established storyboard - that will reference headlines and actual accounts of fracking related environmental issues.
When completed Fracture will be a series of 10-12 powerful images that I will exhibit in order to raise further awareness and debate on this pressing issue.
WAIT, WHAT IS FRACKING?
Fracking is slang for Hydraulic Fracturing - a process of extracting natural gas and oil from deep shale rock beds (sometimes as deep as a mile beneath the earth) by forcing a fluid mixture of highly pressurized water, sand, and chemicals into tiny fissures in the shale - this causes larger fractures and allows natural gas to escape. The gas is then extracted along with the fluid mixture - thus creating millions of gallons of contaminated wastewater.
It is a controversial issue - supporters say there is a lot of money to be made and domestic gas to be extracted, but lots of people are worried (with good reason) about the environmental effects, as well as the vast amount of resources needed to complete the process. It has been a largely unregulated industry, with some serious side effects to health and the environment.
I encourage you to do your own research, but here is some basic info, and here is a whole lot more.
WHY DO YOU NEED SO MUCH MONEY???
Creating my imagery is really labor and cost-intensive - it is highly conceptualized, planned out, and the lighting is extremely detailed. I shoot on location, and need a group of professionals to help make everything come together just right.
It's involved, but it creates an impacting image.
For Fracture, we will be shooting on location for 5-6 days and need funding to rent lighting equipment, pay for travel, food, lodging, and provide a modest stipend for the crew (who will have turned down other paid freelancing gigs to work on this project). This is where I really need your help to complete this project.
We are currently looking for the right location to shoot this project...
The wonderful and super talented Kelly McKaig will be collaborating on this project with me. She will bring her sweet energy and attentive eye to help style this project just right. I am so excited to work with Kelly again!
WHAT'S THE POINT?
To create thought-engaging imagery that can add to the fracking debate -images that will leave a lasting impression. With your help, we can create a stunning, searing look into a possible future if fracking continues on unregulated.
WHAT DO I GET FOR FUNDING?
Really beautiful fine art imagery, as well as inclusion in the donor list. (If you wish to not be listed that is fine too!) Please check out the gifts and email if you have any questions.
Fracture Title Image : 11"x6" postcard for $35 Pledge
** Pledge Level $1250 may also choose from the following existing images:
Encounters : The Pond
Encounters : The Dig
Encounters : The Fields