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Paul Marotta: 'Occupying the Frame'

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  November 30, 2011 07:56 PM

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Image from Paul Marotta's "Occupy The Frame" project

A local photo essay project by Paul Marotta of Arlington, one of our regular contest judges, has been chosen by Kickstarter - a funding platform for creative ideas - to be eligible for completion funding.

That funding, which consists of online donations from supporters, will allow Paul to turn it into a national project complete with potential gallery exhibits, online and print media publication, and even perhaps a book.

Paul writes:

My project is called "Occupying the Frame" and began last month with a visit inside the Occupy Boston campaign in Dewey Square. I hope you'll take a minute to head on over to Kickstarter and consider making a contribution to completing this project. Your generosity, no matter how large or small, will help bring this project not only to completion but help it be seen by countless others.

Behind any movement there are people. Behind the Occupy movements across the country there are people of all stripes and colors, all ages, all genders and races, all strata of social and economic well-being and crisis. I have begun a series of highly personal, up-close, black-and-white environmental portraits of some of the people in and around the Occupy Boston movement. In my series, the people eagerly fill the frame, occupying the space within the confines of the image.

I am not connected to the Occupy movements, but have long felt the public has not seen the faces of the many and diverse people involved. One quick look at their faces tells so much about their resolve, focus, seriousness, and determination, none of which has been captured by others to date.

In my series, the subjects look directly into the camera and directly at you, the viewer. In their eyes and in their faces much is revealed. In their eyes and faces is revealed their joy at being involved, their anger at their marginalization and displacement.

I have several more shooting days left in Boston and will be traveling to other cities; the estimated cost is around $5,000. With winter coming, it’s going to be harder and harder to shoot, so I need to complete this series by the end of the calendar year by which time it also should be ready for magazine and book publication.

My funding goal is set at $5,000 in order to cover five cities: Boston, New York, Detroit, Washington DC, and Baltimore. For each increment of $1,000 OVER the $5,000 goal we achieve, we can add another city along the East Coast. And setting lofty goals, should we hit $15,000 by the end of the 30 days allotted to us, we can self-publish in addition to the goal of achieving magazine, newspaper, and online publication of the series.

I hope you'll join us for this series, "Occupying the Frame" as we take a look deep inside the Occupy movements at the people involved.

Here's a gallery of some of the images from Paul's project so far. To donate to his effort, visit his page on Kickstarter.

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