Project Ideas: From Zombies to Occupy

What should my next project be?

With Velociraptor! Cannibalism! in the art and publication stage I’ve been thinking about where I want to put my attention next. Writing down my favorite project ideas has been helpful as it’s allowed me to think about the scope of the project and think about the kind of funds it would require to pull off.

It’s also allowed me to see what kind of reaction other people have to these ideas. Although it’s a common refrain to just tell folks to do what they love, if I can find that magic zone where what I love to do and what you love to see overlap, then that’s the project that I’d like to invest in.

Here is a list of six projects I’ve been thinking about. Feel free to comment and let me know what you think about them and which, if any, is your favorite.

Project Ideas

1. Project Idea: The One-Shoots

A series of  photography oriented Kickstarters for the production of small-scale photo projects. These projects would be aimed at producing a single photograph, take a day to shoot, and the rewards would be prints of the photos produced from that shoot. These would be projects would result in a cool, unique photograph where the artists involved in helping could be paid a fair wage for their services.

Examples would include concepts such as: Chuck Wendig fighting a bunch of Zombies, Hanner Gatling on top of a cannon while a handsome young man holds her beer, a fashion shoot with martial artists as the models, Mur Lafferty on a throne of human skulls, a photo constructed like a film still from the story of a free podcast novel, post-apocalyptic freedom fighters, Jared Axelrod and a team of sky pirates.

2. Baby Shoes

Named from the short story: For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn: This project would be an examination of my experience of grief and the loss of a child, as told through a series of surreal portraits of women. Portraits would focus on the visceral feelings of grief, emptiness and loneliness, often using horror imagery to evoke a feeling in the viewer.

3. The Doctor Mercury Art Book

An art book and show featuring photographs and fiction of Dr. Mercury, the star-child supervillain who eats sunlight, drinks blood, and meddles in the relationships of superheroes.

The photographs would feature a selection of models and actors dressed up as Dr. Mercury and as the people inhabiting Dr. Mercury’s world. Shoots would take place at locations that fit the look of that universe and photograph sites there, including sites with black beaches, volcanoes and fields of ice. This project would also include a series of short stories to go with the photographs, creating an art book for Dr. Mercury that features my photography and written work with possible contributions from other select artists.

4. The Wild

Create a photo book from a fairy tale world that follows a young woman as she runs away from a terrible arranged marriage into a wilderness of monsters. The monsters take the forms of mermen, vampires, pixies and other creatures as they pull her into a surreal vision and away from her life. The story is a coming of age tale, but also the story of being pulled between the destruction of the soul and destruction of the body.

5. Female Game Designers

Photograph female game designers from indie rpg designers to video games to help female game designers gain more visibility in the industry. Produce photos that capture the the personality and the inspiration of these game designers.

Interview these women and produce a book that demonstrates, in their own words, who these designers are both as professionals and as individuals. Create a website that would photos and bios as well as the ability to update the site as new female game designers emerge.

6. Occupy Les Misérables 

Using the imagery of the Occupy Protests, take a series of photographs that follows the story of Jean Valjean. The main characters wear the clothing of the french revolution, where the background settings and characters dress in modern attire using many of the symbols of the Occupy movement, with occasional overlap as these two visual elements clash and mix.

The project would draw correlations between current and past social injustices. Past protests and uprisings are often romanticized and idealized, where current protest moments are highly criticized.

10 thoughts on “Project Ideas: From Zombies to Occupy

    • What a fun video!

      Related: About five years ago, I met a bunch of new friends through gaming, and we’ve all gotten along marvelously and we play games together and take photos and it’s a great deal of fun. Then, about two years ago, I discovered we are all trained singers. Not trained like “Oh, we like singing,” I mean trained like “We got scholarships for voice, went to college, took private tutoring for ten years sang professionally singers.”

      And we’ve never sung together. We have this skill we can do and we’ve never done it as a team. Someday I hope we made a video like that.

  1. All are wonderfull ideas, but I’ll try to be more useful.

    In my order of preference:

    1- Female Game Designers
    I’ve discovered the mysoginist side of the geekdom quite late, and still shocked. I think that more visibility and more recognition will lead to more and more positive and critical thinking about the presence of women in the “geek universe”. This will help and educate and give women more voice.

    2- Occupy Les Miserables
    That’s just geniusness. Do it.

    3- Doctor Mercury Artbook
    Sounds really cool, villains are the most important characters in the super-heroes’ universe.

    4- One-Shoots
    Depends mostly of the models. (I know is only my geekness talking, but I want to spend all my money in a portrait of China Mieville in Perdido Street Station).

    5- Baby Shoes & The Wild.
    I’m not in the mood. I will back this kind of works, but not today. Maybe tomorrow.

    • Thanks for the input! It’s really helpful for me to know what people are responding to in an honest way. I think a lot of people would enjoy seeing these projects if it scrolled across their RSS feed some Monday, but it’s quite a different thing to just say “Oh yeah, that’s cool,” and to actually get out your wallet and purchase a print or a book.

      • Everything is cool as long as it’s free, but I know that artists needs to eat twice a day, at least 🙂

  2. i’m *really* interested in the “The One Shoots” idea. as much as i would look forward to seeing the photographs produced, i would also look forward to seeing how that model of photography crowdfunding would work. it’s such an interesting idea and i wish i’d thought of it 🙂

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