Here’s a great project that one of my friends pointed out to me yesterday:
Illuminate Parkinson’s is a photographic project that will consist of a travelling exhibition (initially proposed shows are in Los Angeles, Edinburgh and Berlin) and a book. There are a number of celebrities – mainly from the slightly alternative world of grown-up comics (Neil Gaiman, Terry Gilliam, Grant Morrison, Kevin Smith – oh, and Stephen Fry) – involved, and, of course, one seriously good portrait photographer, Allan Amato. But the core portraits will be of people with Parkinson’s.
Allan has been inspired to do this by his best friend, Becky, who discovered that she had Parkinson’s at the age of 29.
Now all they need is the capital to get the project rolling… which is where Kickstarter comes in. Kickstarter allows people to float the idea of creative projects out to the world at large (in the form of the Internet). There’s a stated cash requirement, a deadline by which the project owners must collect pledges to meet that cash requirement, and supporters. Supporters are the multitude, who can pledge to pay as much towards the project as they wish. There’s also incentives, which basically means stuff the project owners will give the supporters when the project is complete.
You’ll find Illuminate Parkinson’s on Kickstarter here. I reckon it’s worth a few bob just to see this project get underway.
Here’s a few of the celebrity supporter images:
Illuminate Parkinson’s is linked to the Illuminate ‘brand’, created to assist in raising funds for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. Both of these are UK organisations, although, of course, any benefit that their work brings will be to Parkinson’s sufferers worldwide.
The purpose of Illuminate is to raise not only the funds to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease but also to educate and inform young people about its effect thus “Helping to throw light on Parkinson’s”