GRATEFUL photography project

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." ~ Oprah Winfrey
 
The subject of my third photography project, GRATEFUL is gratitude. I am inspired to create a project about gratitude because the more we pay attention to what is right in our worlds, the happier we are. I hope GRATEFUL helps people come together and appreciate each other by focusing more on the good stuff in life (& there is so much of it!). Thank you for helping this project succeed in spreading some positivity in the Boise community and beyond.

I am photographing 20 diverse people (i.e., race, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, class) for this project. I am asking subjects to think of something for which they are grateful. I am taking photographs of subjects and their gratitude. Subjects are also writing about 100 words on why they are grateful. These statements will be placed with the images. GRATEFUL will culminate in an exhibition featuring the images at the Yoga Tree of Boise (1674 W. Hill Rd., Boise, Idaho). Exhibition date to be determined. For those who are unable to attend the exhibition, the images will be available via my website, www.carissasindon.com when it is finished. 

There is no charge to be a subject in GRATEFUL, and all exhibitions will be free and open to the public.

My $8,000 Budget
:


Personnel/Staff

a. Administration (recruit and communicate with subjects, promote
project, organize exhibition(s), fundraising, etc.)............................(75 hours x $15/hour): $1,125

..........................................................................................................................(165 hours x $15/hour): $2,475 (In-Kind)

b. Artistic..................................................................................(20 photo shoots x $200/session): $1,000

............................................................................................................................................................................$3,000 (In-Kind)

Production Expense (design and print programs for exhibition(s),
print images for exhibition(s)).................................................................................................................$1,400

Travel (meet subjects for photo shoots,
recruit subjects, transport materials,
promote project) .................................................................(700 miles x 54.5 cents/mile)............$382

Marketing/Promotion (design and print business cards,
various posters, and invitations to fundraising event
and exhibitions(s); two years website hosting;
unanticipated marketing expenses)...................................................................................................$1,300

Other Operating Expenses (business insurance,
greeting cards for fundraising, refreshments for
fundraising event and exhibition(s), thank you cards
for participants and supporters, postage, office
supplies, copies, unanticipated operating expenses)..................................................................$2,793

..........................................................................................................................................................TOTAL: $8,000

About Carissa: Carissa Sindon is a Boise, Idaho-based photographer with a primary interest in photographing people. With her photography projects, SEEN, JOY!, and GRATEFUL, she has photographed a diverse group of subjects, asked them to complete the same sets of statements, and created exhibitions around their portraits. Through these projects, Carissa aims to empower her subjects by providing a place for self-expression where people can be seen and heard. It is also her hope that those who view her projects will ponder the same questions that will allow them to connect with themselves on a deeper level, and gain further insight into their own lives. Above all, Carissa hopes her projects help people connect and come together over their commonalities and shared humanity because the desire for this is a human universal.

One of the strengths of Carissa's projects is the diversity of her subjects. She finds her subjects a variety of ways: some are people she knows, others are referred by friends, or recruited through social media. Sometimes Carissa meets somebody at a grocery store, restaurant, or coffee shop and asks them to be in her projects. She has also connected with various community groups which has allowed people the opportunity to participate in a photography project who otherwise may not be exposed to art. 

You can visit Carissa's website, www.carissasindon.com, to see images from her first two photography projects, SEEN and JOY!.

She also has a line of greeting cards she sells on Etsy. Proceeds benefit GRATEFUL. Please visit her at:

etsy.com/shop/CarissaSindonArt

© Carissa Sindon. All rights reserved.

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Organizer

Carissa Sindon 
Organizer
Boise, ID