You may not know this yet because, well, I've been pretty quiet about it - but I'm getting ready to launch a giant Kickstarter campaign for something I'm calling Epiphany: Visio. It's a project based on two of my passions: spirituality (and helping others see the beautiful complexity of themselves) and art (namely, photography). Essentially, through photographing images from my unique eye (professional photographer and recent seminary graduate from the Institute for Spiritual Formation) I want to develop a set of photo-cards (and eventually an app) that people can use to contemplate, meditate, pray through, or use as a daily devotional. I believe that in our Western culture we've lost something of aesthetic appreciation, particualry related to our spirituality. We've allowed our word-centered culture to permeate our souls. By re-engaging our senses with our soul we rediscover what it means to be created in the image of the Divine. We recover and participate in redemption for ourselves, our neighbors, and ultimately our world as we find worth and value in ourselves, given by God, and live out of that life-giving discovery. Patience, renewal, mercy, and compassion are given room to expand and flourish. Our world changes; we change; all by the grace of Jesus.
Out of this belief I've been quietly working away on prepping to launch the campaign to help get this idea from concept to production. Currently I'm in the phase of wrapping up my Kickstarter campaign promo video by working with a talented and amazing videographer, named Andrew, over at Hatling Film. Through his expertise at teasing out the story underneath the passion he's helping me put words to my dreams. It's been quite a revealing and phenomenal experience in and of itself.
Well, this weekend (the weekend inaugurating my 32nd year of life) we shot a series of b-roll for the Kickstarter promo video he's assisting me with. He shot a life-collage I put together representing myself (which included my: converse, mini-Mustang, cameras, journals, books, lavender plant, and more) and took video of me shooting with a couple of portrait clients. It was weird and fun being on the other side of the lens. I felt self-conscious at first, like many photographers and videographers do when being examined by their own trade tools, but then I forgot he was there...and the story began to unfold. I photographed a pregnancy portrait, a few pups, and this adorable family (come on! right?) who's wedding I shot way back in 2008. I still remember Jeff & Emily's wedding like it was yesterday - they incorporated Facebook into their ceremony, had In-N-Out cater their reception, and had a killer choreographed first dance. What's not to love?
So, I'm on my way to launching my first ever Kickstarter campaign, where I ask for your support and funding to help me help others gain new perspectives on themselves and their lives through photographing images and moments and touch the soul. Where I need help is primarily in funding for travel, and equipment maintenance and rentals, to shoot these photographs.
Selfishly, I wish I could do it all on my own. I wish I didn't need to ask for help, but I do - so I'm putting myself out there and asking for what I need: will you help fund my project when it launches in October 2013?
If so, you can let me know now by signing up for the upcoming campaign-launch email and other fun-related news by clicking here.
Thanks loves. I couldn't do it without you.
Want more info? Complete with visual aides: http://christineleesmith.weebly.com/visio-divina-photo-cards-for-spiritual-direction.html