Starting a new chapter.

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On Saturday, September 12th, I lost my home, shop, and studio, along with all my artwork, tools, printers, framing equipment and supplies to the the Valley Fire in Lake County, California. Thankfully I had insurance to cover clothing and household items, but, my photo and framing equipment were not!  As photography was my living, I'm trying to navigate my way back. I'm hoping this campaign can help me rebuild my shop and studio so I can again do the work I love!

I've been shooting large-format landscape photographs using 4x5 film (see my website: www.johnhansesphotography.com) for over 25 years and had built up my shop and business gradually over that time.  My process only started after taking the picture, and from there is where I need to start rebuilding!  After processing the film I would print and build custom frames up to 4ft by 5ft and sometimes larger. All this required a full wood shop, spray room, mounting machines, custom work tables I'd built, and on goes the list. 

I will rebuild and I see this as an opportunity, or rather a forced ending to one chapter in my life, and I look forward to what's to come. 

I'd like to thank so many that have helped with food, a place to stay, and just general support in the last couple weeks! Thank you!!!!
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I can't thank everyone enough for the support! I'm close to being able to afford a printer. Till then, I'm driving into SF today to print a test of my first image since the fire. I shot this with the 8x10 camera loaned to me by Bill.
First image after the fire.
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I've appreciated time without much electronics but being able to see what's going on here and take my time to share thoughts is pretty cool.

It took some prodding to get me to make this campaign but my pride's pain doesn't compare to the appreciation.

When I looked at all the contributions from so many I felt grateful. Then realizing the majority of these are purchases, I realized how lucky I am. I have work!!! And to some that have given, but did it strictly to help and may not want a print; I hope that you accept it and gift it to someone you think would enjoy it, that would be cool on an extra level.
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I'm on a computer!!! And I see that people have been contributing so much - I'm so grateful!!

Also, I've been loaned a new large-format camera system! And it's not just replacing my 4x5, this is a complete 8"x10" system - 4 times the resolution of the 4x5! Its a very large beast - all the gear is probably closer to 60 lbs now. And, anyone that donates to my cause by pre-purchasing an image will have the option of one of my existing images, or, they can wait and see what I produce with the 8x10.

Also, I had the print prices up near that of the pre-fire pricing because I didn't know if I'd have to pay someone else to do the printing, but, I now know that I'll get at least my printing up and running in the near future, so, I've lowered the pricing across the board.

I'm off to once again sift through ashes and check in with FEMA and friends in my old stomping grounds.

Thank you again for all the support given, offered, and spoken!
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As soon as I get computer access again I'm going to lower all print prices, and, every contributor will receive a signed piece! I was talked into creating this campaign and though I do appreciate any help, I personally know others more deserving. I have a friend who's a single mother of a very nice little boy - and they lost everything with no insurance to help. If anyone would like to help them, please send a text, or message me. Thank you!
PS. I'm currently without computer access but can be messaged on FB or texted to (707) 775-5001.
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$5,475 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 36 months
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Created September 28, 2015
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Anonymous
35 months ago
$50
Valerie Moberg
35 months ago

We're glad to be able to help, neighbor!

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$250
maia hanses anello
35 months ago

hi john hope to visit you at next nearby event love maia

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Anonymous
35 months ago
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Chuck and Sandy Fisher
35 months ago

Thinking of you, John.

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Anonymous
35 months ago
$375
Anonymous
35 months ago
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$75
Jim Emerson
35 months ago

Hi John, I had to align some money matters before contributing. Not a large sum, but maybe can buy a new power tool. Hope you are doing OK. Regards, Jim Emerson

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Ralph Esquivel
35 months ago

Hi Jon hope all is well

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