Gabrielle Motola

is creating photographs, sharing stories, and mentoring

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The On-A-Budget Patron
$1
per month

You’re here, you want to support my work, but you’re maybe a bit financially strapped at the moment. That’s ok. Come aboard! You’ll get in on a steady stream of images and stories to inspire you. 


From $1 (and up) you get:


  • Access to Patron-Only blog posts where I share my images, extended stories, and give you first looks into work in progress.


  • Discord chat server access (for group & direct messaging with all patrons, plus times when I'll be live on it to chat, answer questions, etc.)
Includes Discord benefits
The Coffee Patron
$3
per month

You're happy to put a little extra in my tip jar - a little less than the average cost of a cup of coffee (in the USA $3.70). You want to support my work, and get some extra resources to make your work with too. You’ll get in on a steady stream of images and stories to inspire you and more. 


From $3 (and up) you get:  


  • Access to Patron-Only blog posts where I share my images, extended stories, and give you first looks into work in progress.
  • Resources I use to make my work.
  • Discord chat server access (for group & direct messaging with all patrons, plus times when I'll be live on it to chat, answer questions, etc.)
Includes Discord benefits
The Curious Patron
$5
per month

This also includes Discord - a chat server - it's time to connect.


Maybe you're a bit more financially settled and can afford to make more of an impact supporting me to do what I do. I value every patron, but by giving more, you buy me more time to give back. 


From $5 (and up) you get:  


  • Access to Patron-Only blog posts
  • Behind the scenes - find out more about the process of turning an idea into creation.  
  • Resources I use to make my work.
  • Colour grading images - before/after and process.
  • 10% off limited edition hardback copies of  "An Equal Difference" (valid for as many copies as you'd like to purchase/are available for the duration of your membership)
  • Discord chat server access (for group & direct messaging with all patrons, plus times when I'll be live on it to chat, answer questions, etc.)
Includes Discord benefits

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About

Hello - my name is Gabrielle. I'm a motorcycle-riding, travelling portrait photographer and storyteller and I've started this Patreon to make the work I feel called to make, free from any commercial agenda. This involves making connections to people, that result in stories, insights and other joyful flashes of life which have value but don't necessarily have a way to earn money in the modern marketplace. 

I've been making photographs for 25 years, yet it still feels like I'm at the beginning - in the best possible way. My work has received awards, hung in the National Portrait Gallery in London, been published as a book, and been published in journals like the Guardian.

Have you ever come across a scene or a person in life which made you want to photograph it? Maybe you made a photograph in your mind's eye? Perhaps you made an actual photograph. Was it the one you wanted? Did you get close enough? If not, why not?

From looking at my work, you might think I've overcome my fear of photographing people, but I'd like to let you in on the truth. I overcome my fear every time I do it. The fear doesn't disappear. I learn how to handle it. And that's a skill for life. I just happen to have learned it from photography.

So why do I do it?

I'm driven by a fascination with people, a love for the art of photography, and its power to tell stories and make us feel connected. I believe people are mostly good and well-intentioned. If they weren't, there would be a lot more chaos. I photograph nearly every day, whether its a commission or a personal project. But the thing is commissions (unless you're a *super rock star photographer*) seldom pay enough these days to survive, nor pave the way for the most progressive or inspiring work. I'm not interested in using my talents to sell you something you don't want or need. So I have always leaned more towards personal work. This allows me to create that which is motivated by a desire to connect with people, not profit from them, and travel wherever I'm led.

Speaking of which, travel and direct experience of cultures has always been important to me. I'm drawn to stories from people with different experiences and backgrounds to mine. To that end, I've even driven a motorcycle from Stonehenge (England) to Arctic Henge (Iceland), and around Scotland (the Orkney and Hebrides included). I've lived in Iceland and made a book about equality and the nation's mindset, studied in France and spent time in most of Europe, and also lived in the USA and Canada. I travel to change; to discover and understand more about the world, new cultures, and ways of thinking. I love learning new languages and improving the ones I know. I speak French, Spanish, Icelandic, Italian, Portuguese and of course my native tongue, English. Not every one of them fluently, (except for French).

This video made by Sean Tucker gives you an example of my street portrait work and shows me in action photographing on the street:


This is what drives me as a travelling photographer and storyteller, and is where you come in.

By becoming a Patron you support the work I make and get greater access to content and to learning from me. Your support gives me a consistent income which enables me to keep doing what I do, sustainably and grow. I can put more of my time into not only making images and writing stories, but developing new approaches and sharing the behind the scenes of my process with you. Pay what you can afford from $1 a month. You can upgrade to the next membership (or downgrade) at any time as you wish. In return for as little as the cost of one meal a year (depending on where in the world you live), you get in-depth access to the images I create, and the stories I uncover. Your membership, depending on the tier can also include:

  1. Access to work in progress.
  2. Insight into my process for approaching and taking images of strangers and into photography in general.
  3. Training on how to make better images, especially authentic-feeling portraits of anyone from strangers to close family.
  4. Post-processing tips from editing down and selecting your images to colour correction.
  5. Behind-the-scenes stories of interactions with people and insights from my time spent exploring the world on my motorbike and on foot.
  6. Mental health and creativity are also fascinating topics for me. Creativity and health are intrinsically related. I will share how I'm caring for and nurturing myself.
  7. Access to my “Patron only” Discord chat server where we all can interact, share information and work, and discuss our processes. 

As an "Invested Patron", you'll get access to my process and insights as a photographer and writer, which I would not feel comfortable sharing with the general public. Have a look at the membership tiers for more options and information. Each tier is a suggested minimum pledge. You can choose a tier and pledge any amount from the minimum on up.

If you'd like to see more of my work or read about my background, visit www.gabriellemotola.com

My Instagram feed @gmotophtos has a steady stream of photographs with generous amounts of short-story, but my Patron-only posts are where the full stories are, insights into how I make my work, and other types of content are.

For the book I produced about equality and Icelandic society visit www.anequaldifference.com

If you have questions or just want to connect, you can send me a message here or email me at [email protected]

If you want to know more about how Patreon works, they made this short video you can watch.

I'm excited about this endeavour. It's taken me a long time and many conversations with other artists I respect to finally get over my fear of failure and launch this. It is going to be a safe yet wild ride to who knows where.

That said, I do have other rewards in mind which I'll build in and add as time goes on. I'll also be in touch from time to time to get ideas about how I can better reward my patrons. I hope you'll join me and if you enjoy it, help spread the word too. 

One reward I am particularly excited about, and is open to every Patron, is the Discord chat server. I hope you’ll opt into it when you join. This is where we connect to each other, share our work, discuss photography and get help and support from one another. When you join you should be added to the server automatically. If you ever need to join outside of this (if you do not when you first pledge) you can do so by clicking on this link: https://www.patreon.com/settings/apps
Goals
85% complete
I'm going to make my first video, add it here and post it on YouTube. Four years of films school, three as an intern and a runner, a camera assistant, a documentary cinematographer, twelve years as an editor and ten as a colourist it is time I got back into filmmaking. What kept me so long? I could make a video about that too. Or write a book.
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 38 exclusive posts
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Audio release
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Images
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Poll
6
Writings
9
Videos
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