An update on The Ypsi Project

5b4bh2mdeqs70cq33hcx19qho1_500Remember how, a year or so ago, I told you about a young photographer here in Ypsi and her ambitious plan to take a portrait of a different person in the City every day for a year? Well, Erica Hampton’s Ypsi Project has taken a few big twists and turns since then, but it seems as though things are finally heading toward some kind of big conclusion. Erica is planning a public showing of about 100 portraits from the collection at the end of May, in what was the old VG Kids customer service office on Michigan Avenue – a space which is now being referred to unofficially as the XVG Gallery. And, she’s just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $2,400 she needs to pay for the printing, mounting, framing, space rental, etc.

If you’ve never been to Kickstarter, follow that link and check it out. It’s really an amazing way to go about raising money for creative endeavors. For this particular project, you can give as little as $1, or as much as $2,500. For that amount, you get a thank you online, an Ypsi Project button, a limited edition Ypsi Project screen printed exhibit flyer, a 40 page softcover photo book, three origami swans made from the Ypsi phone book, two polaroids taken in Ypsi, a 300 page 10×8 softcover book containing all the portraits taken during the project, a signed 16×20 matted print from the exhibition, and a personal weekend-long photo session, regardless of where you might be in the U.S. And, there are about half a dozen different levels of sponsorship between $1 and $2,500, each with their own rewards. Check it out, and pencil in that last weekend of May to see the show.

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  1. Elf
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    Kickstarter is awesome.

  2. Kim
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    I love the images and don’t mean this at all as a criticism. I think the Ypsi Project is a great thing. I do think, however, it only tells part of the story about our town. I think it would be cool to pair this exhibit of happy portraits with some photojournalistic images. I’d love to see the prostitutes of Ypsi, the cold girls in short shorts standing outside of Club Divine, men drinking at 2:00 PM in the bars, the police as their telling kids to get off the street. I know those are things we’d rather not celebrate, but it’s who we are.

  3. Posted March 29, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I’m still trying to decide at what level I should pledge.

  4. Hot Knuckle Lover
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Am I the only one who thinks half the people pictured in the Ypsi Project look like they could be members of the Hutaree Militia?

  5. Posted March 31, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting an update, Mark. I do appreciate it :)

    Kim~ I like this idea. I wouldn’t know when/where to go. If you would like to volunteer to be my sidekick for a day I’d be up for taking the photos…?

  6. Edward
    Posted May 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    In case you didn’t see it, there was a story on Erica and the project at yesterday.

    The show will be at the XVG Gallery on Saturday, June 5.

  7. Kim
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    There’s a nice writeup on the Ypsi Project at

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  1. By Disappointment & Pride | Elizabeth Skene on March 29, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    […] & said that someone had taken his picture. I didn’t think much of it until today when reading Mark Maynard’s update of The Ypsi Project. The project sounded interesting & I was intrigued if this had anything to […]

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