The past 10 years (of my 18 year career) I have worked my ass off as a photojournalist, videographer in often very difficult circumstances so I can fund some time to dedicate to making very necessary work as an artist. My work has never been particularly commercial, and that has never been important to me.
What is important to me is how much my work as an artist feeds me as a human, how much it connects me to my humanity and how it allows me to connect to community.
I’ve started a Patreon account. Patreon is a crowdfunding platform for artists, particularly artists who create online, often for free. It allows artists to obtain funding from their fans or patrons, on a recurring basis, or per artwork. Patreon will probably save my life this year as I start the MA, move to a new city, and face a much reduced income stream. I have a scholarship, but that goes mostly to university fees and costs.
I have done a massive amount of uncompensated, free work in collaborations, assistance, mentorship and support of other artists and creators. I will keep doing that, because that is me. But I am asking for your help to keep making, and to keep making free work with other artists.
Rewards start from as little as $1 a month but I have no real idea what kind of rewards people might want, so I’ve created a few but if you have a particular wish we can negotiate a special reward.