MEREDITH — Janina Misiewicz, photographer and writer, has turned to alternative funding sources for her latest photography project, New England Libraries. The world is changing and libraries are changing with it, fueling Misiewicz's goal to publish a photo book that will preserve libraries as we know them today. If Misiewicz's fundraising campaign is a success, on July 21, she will have the budget she needs to make New England Libraries a reality.
She says that funding is the first major obstacle for any art project to get off the ground, but crowd funding websites like Kickstarter.com are making it much easier and more realistic. Photographers and artists have to be innovative in their fundraising tactics, leading many of them, like Misiewicz, to social media sites.
The guidelines on Kickstarter.com require artists to set a number of days to raise all their funds or their project will receive nothing. From start to finish, Misiewicz's photography project has a 30-day fundraising window. If the allotted budget—$13,600—is not raised before July 21, all pledges will be cancelled and the project will not be funded, leaving Misiewicz without the resources she needs to produce her project.
When asked about the appeal of Kickstarter, Misiewicz noted, "it is the ability to spread my idea quickly and efficiently to a lot of people—keeping people updated on the status of my project is invaluable." Kickstarter has an added advantage for artists: it is partnered with Amazon.com, providing each project with the opportunity to receive funds from all over the world.
This is Misiewicz's first time entering the online fundraising pool, but she is excited and optimistic about it. Her photography project, New England Libraries, will explore the idiosyncrasies that characterize small town libraries in New England. She will spend a year travelling across the six states, finding unique and charming libraries in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Using a traditional 4x5 large format film camera, Misiewicz will document these places, making detailed black and white prints in the darkroom at Plymouth State University.
Misiewicz says she chose a 4x5 large format film camera for the project, because "it produces better quality images than any other format in photography, it is the only camera that can reduce linear perspective distortion on site, and because the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) require historical documentation to be made in polyester-based archivally-processed sheet film."
Over the course of the next year, Misiewicz will be posting pictures and writing articles on her blog, newengandlibraries.com. Her final goal for the project is to publish a photo book, making New England Libraries available to everyone. To learn more about this project, readers can visit the project pitch page at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1625101981/new-england-libraries-a-photographic-journey or Misiewicz's blog at newenglandlibraries.com.
About Janina Misiewicz:
Misiewicz is an award-winning photographer from Meredith. In 2012, Misiewicz successfully funded, produced, and exhibited a digital photography project about the dining staff at Bard College, encouraging people to treat the employees with more respect and appreciation, resulting in a dramatically improved working environment. Her goal is to pursue a career in photography, making New England Libraries an important stepping stone for her future in the field.
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