Award-Winning Photographer Brett Simison Launches Crowd-Funding Campaign to Create Exhibition

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Photographer's thirty-day fundraising campaign seeks backers to create exhibition of large format film images made in Vermont's Green Mountains

One of the things that makes 'Pane' so unique is that it was photographed entirely with film on large and medium format cameras. The image detail and tonality of real black and white film is stunning, and I wanted to make sure the viewer can see it all.

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Vermont-based photographer Brett Simison has launched a campaign via the crowd-funding website Kickstarter to create his upcoming photographic exhibition "The Pane in Empty Rooms", a portfolio of images made in and around poet Robert Frost's summer cabin in Ripton, Vermont.

"Not only is Kickstarter.com a good way to raise money to get your project off the ground, it's another avenue to promote your work and have it seen by more people," said Simison of the popular money-raising website. Typical projects on Kickstarter run for 30 days, and a project must meet its funding goal or else it fails and all pledges are cancelled. Projects offer tiered rewards to backers as a way of thanking them for their support.

Simison's goal is to create large fine art photographic prints from the portfolio for exhibitions beginning in 2014. "One of the things that makes 'Pane' so unique is that it was photographed entirely with film on large and medium format cameras. The image detail and tonality of real black and white film is stunning, and I wanted to make sure the viewer can see it all. Printing large photographs was the obvious choice," he said.

The project has until October 20 to raise its $6,000 goal, and if it succeeds that money will go towards the purchase of equipment and materials to print and mount the exhibition of 20 black and white photographs. Rewards to backers, which include a range of signed fine art archival photographs, are scheduled to ship in December 2013. The first exhibition for "The Pane in Empty Rooms" will open at the Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro, Vermont in January 2014.

For more information, please visit http://www.brettsimison.com/kickstarter.

About Brett Simison

Brett Simison is an award-winning editorial, commercial, and fine art photographer based in Vermont. His work has appeared in publications such as Outside Magazine, The New York Times, National Geographic Online, and Backpacker Magazine from assignments throughout the United States and abroad. The native of Citronelle, Alabama now lives with his wife Amy and son Connor in the city of Vergennes, Vermont. His website is http://www.brettsimison.com.

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