We adore LaRae Lobdell.
The lovely LaRae is PhotoSister.com and she’s also the brains and the photographer behind “The Working Artists of Theatre” project, a labor of love she’s been working on for the last couple years and born out of her desire to photographically document the hard work, dedication and artistry of hundreds of working artists and craftspeople in the Seattle theater community. LaRae’s project is nearing its completion, and to cap off her 16 months of work, she’s fundraising for a major exhibition of the photographs taken during the project which will be displayed at ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) for the remainder of 2013.
More info from LaRae about her project:
The Theatre Project started 16 months ago in January 2012 when I saw a need to give a new visual representation to the people who make up the theatre industry here in Seattle. I wanted to capture the spirit of the people who have made up Seattle theatre not only during the 2012-2013 years, but also those who have been shaping the industry for 10, 20, 30 and even 40 years. People who shaped the entire city’s art scene ON and OFF the stage.
Since then I have personally photographed over 200 individuals in over 16 theatre companies for free or for a drastically reduced rate. But I didn’t stop with just taking the images. Each artist received a full feature on my internationally recognized blog AND I was able to dedicate my professional skills in social media marketing to create a system where everyone wins: the box office had a rise in ticket sales, the artists were recognized and during this movement – for 16 months – Seattle Theatre was elevated.
Now that this project has reached it’s end, it is my next goal to celebrate the unification of all the people involved with this project. On June 20th of this year, historic ACT Theatre will be hosting the grand finale of this art project in the form of an all-inclusive event titled “Celebration!”
This large-scale exhibit of all 200 participants I photographed will be displayed over 3 floors of the historic ACT building in downtown Seattle. This entire exhibit will be on display over the course of a 6 month-theatre-season bringing further connection and elevation to all individuals, community and industry for Seattle’s performing arts.
LaRae is fundraising over at Indiegogo.com with a goal of $9000 by Monday, May 27, 2013…that’s only a week away. If you can throw her a few bucks to complete her project, do so. There’s a whole list of pledge perk “goodies” available depending on how much you can give.
Check out the fundraising video she made as well:
She can even make Mr. Strangeways look good…LaRae is a GENIUS!!! GIVE HER MONEY!!!