Raven Gemini

is creating long-form aesthetic photography projects

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When I was a kid, deer tracks crossing our cabin's property always seemed like a magical rarity.
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About Raven Gemini

The first camera I ever owned was a Kodak Cameo.  It was a narrow ellipsoid, with a flash that folded around the camera body.  The Cameo came out in 1993, and I was probably about 9 when I got mine.  As far as I can recall, I mostly used it to take closeups of tree branches and pebbles in the streams at Iargo Springs, and the same panoramic landscape of the AuSable River at the Lumberman's Monument that I have subsequently taken every summer of the ensuing 25 years.
 

Spoiler alert:  It's this photo.  I have at least 50 different iterations of this photo.
I didn't upgrade to an SLR until college, which is, conveniently enough, also when I got my sewing machine.  ...I didn't *use* my sewing machine for a handful of years, because I was afraid of sewing my fingers, but I had the machine, a box of borrowed vintage sewing patterns from my friend Kat, and a whole lot of plans to never wear "normal" clothes again.

For 10 years, I've worked in the arts, as a photographer (published in the Chicago Tribune), a professional Stage Manager, a burlesque performer,  and a costumer.  I've gotten very good at collaboration, and I've gotten very good at facilitating other people's dream lives. 

The purpose of this Patreon is to facilitate my own dream life, that is to say, to fund my own creative projects.  Drawing from a lifelong love of the Great Lakes region, specifically northeastern Michigan, of vintage and historical fashion, and of Great Lakes maritime history, I'm planning to visit and document every extant lighthouse on the Great Lakes.  And I plan to do it in a corset.  I'm amassing a collection of dreamy, romantic, deeply lonely portraits of some of what was the most desolate parts of the Great Lakes, and along the way, I'll be leaning back into my lifelong fountain of inspiration, the flora, fauna, and terrain of my beautiful home state.



The secondary purpose of this Patreon is to simultaneously enable myself to slow the pace of my own life, and to share some of that deliberate enjoyment with you.  One of the biggest lessons I've learned through the process of living as a full-time creator, and then experiencing the total shutdown of in-person performing arts is that so-called "hustle culture" has been pretty damaging to my mental health, body image, and overall functioning.  So, instead of chasing an ever-changing and arbitrary popularity contest, I'm re-learning to enjoy being with myself, being with the natural world, and being ok with the ultimate uncertainty of life.

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I'm not really sure what I'd like to accomplish at this level, but my lowest goal has been 200 patrons for a really long time and that feels... like a long way away right now.  25 is a good little community, and I'd love to expand my circle a little. 
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