Trey McIntyreis creating art
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$1 - THE PHILANTHROPIST - You are supporting me, and that's huge! You'll get full access to my supporters-only writing and travelog plus admission to Patreon Lens, so you can follow behind the scenes with supporters-only content. I want to share with you as much about my creative experience in as many as I can. You'll have firsthand knowledge of projects as they're happening and lots of ways to interact.
$5 - THE ARTIST - You're supporting me even more! Thank you! If photography is your bag, this level is for you. I'll share images as I'm shooting them and from the vast collection I've amassed over the years. If you have been following me on Instagram, the types of images will be in the same vein, EXCEPT LOTS MORE!
It’s been over a year now that I’ve been on Patreon and I have ended up in a different place from where I started. One of the things I’ve really loved is the interaction I am able to have with Patrons, or what I like to call “Treytrons”.. The overwhelming response to this site has been as a platform for my photography of the human body. There are so many other ways to interact with my other work, but Patreon is the main hub for accessing my photographic work that is not available anywhere else.
One of the most consistent questions I get from people (i.e.Treytrons, models and dancers) is, “Why do I photograph naked people?”. I really love this question. I think a lot about my reasoning for doing anything in this life because I want to make sure I am contributing to the world and not just repeating something because I may do well at it.
In choreography, the technique and theory behind the artistry of dance is about making sense of the human body. Our bodies are a tool that we are blessed with to act, to transport, to eat, to have sex, to dance: It is not only utilitarian, but metaphoric. Nudity, for me, is the ultimate symbol for standing exposed in one’s own self: literally and figuratively naked and being seen. There are some built-in contradictions in how dance treats this metaphor, not the least of which is built into the tradition of covering skin with stretchy fabrics that I suppose are meant to suggest nudity without being nude: I suppose the reason is to titillate while avoiding “vulgarity”. However, this has the complicated effect of purporting to celebrate the human body while simultaneously hiding it. This message is woven into so many aspects of society.
I have had the privilege of seeing and playing out the metaphor of the body in beautiful and revolutionary ways. In my own work as a photographer, providing a safe context and environment for someone to explore and be photographed nude for the first time, or to do the same with someone who has had a difficult relationship with their body...these moments are so rare and moving!... providing a profound subtext. For the subject, this experience can be starkly transformative. For the viewer, my hope is to pay forward this experience.. Patreon has become the ideal vechicle for me to achieve this.
People often tell me that they enjoy my work because it’s not sexual, but I will defend to the bitter end that it is indeed sexual. It is joyous, mysterious, sad, complex, wholesome, disturbing, peaceful, thought provoking, and yes, sexual. Just like life is all of those things. Why should we exclude one very primary part of life from the discussion? What the work is not, is exploitative. It is not empty and gratuitous and without meaning. I want to discover something, always ;and, I will be brave in helping guide the human body out of shame.
I really hope that you will come along with me on this journey and become a Treytron. Photography is just so expensive and I never want funding to inhibit what is possible for me to share with you. Your support literally makes this work possible! I work very hard to include Treytrons in the experience beyond the sharing of images, but also by getting to know the models and dancers I work with, behind the scenes videos, and essays about the creative process.
A WORD ABOUT PATREON: If you're scratching your head about the nuts and bolts of what this actually is, then read this part. Patreon is a monthly subscription service to which you can subscribe at whichever level feels good to you. You pay “ X” amount of support each month. For your monthly support, I share the content directly with you. I could have 10000 subscribers;I could have 1; but, it doesn't matter, regardless, I'll keep making my work.
$1 - THE PHILANTHROPIST - You are supporting me, and that's huge. You'll get full access to my supporters-only writing and travelog plus admission to Patreon Lens so you can follow behind the scenes with supporters-only content. I want to share with you as much about my creative experience as I can find ways to communicate. You'll have firsthand knowledge of projects as they're happening and lots of ways to interact.
$5 - THE ARTIST - You're supporting me even more! Thank you! If photography is your bag, this level is for you. I'll share images as I'm shooting them and lots from the vast collection I've amassed over the years. If you have been following me on Instagram, the types of images will be in the same vein, EXCEPT LOTS MORE!
$10 - THE ADVENTURER - This level is no holds barred. I have felt the content limitation of platforms like Instagram and Facebook in what I can and cannot post (I’ll be kicked off any day now). There will be nudity! And as a choreographer, I am limited by certain audience standards for how experimental I can be. So for this level I want to take big risks and make work that will challenge me and hopefully you as well.
Remain at this level for 6 consecutive months and receive a Treytron merit badge. Remain for 12 consecutive months and receive a special Patreon edition coffee table book featuring exclusive content and favorites from the year.
$15 - THE GLIDER - Here we go stepping off into new territory: an all new benefit! Still images are wonderful, but sometimes you need to see bodies in motion. In addition to the previous benefits, you will receive a gif of the month. I will collaborate with a model to create an original moving image available only on Patreon!
$25 - THE COLLECTOR - (limited to 40) Here we go stepping off into new territory: an all new benefit! At the Collector level you will receive all of the benefits listed at the previous level PLUS I will send you one-of-a-kind postcards from the places I travel to for photoshoots and for making choreography. Strange, thrift-store finds and handmade collages chronicling my adventures in a communique made just for you.
$50 - THE HERALD - I am creating a series of merit badges for everyone I interact with. Treytrons receive a unique merit badge; dancers get one that represents the ballet they are in; models have their own badge. Subscribers at THE HERALD level for 12 consecutive months and you will receive, in addition to the previous benefits, the entire patch collection for that year. This is the only other way to get these patches besides being in each of these roles.
$100 - THE PHOTOGRAPHER - At this level you will receive everything that came before, the Patreon content, the videos, the essays, the postcards AND once I month you will be invited to an hour-long livestream to talk about the art of photography and how I do what I do. There will be no-holds-barred and no question too insignificant q and a’s, sometimes I’ll invite a model along to answer your questions and sometimes I’ll even invite you along on a stream of a photoshoot and you can see exactly how it all happens. This is something I have never done before.
$1000 - THE VANGUARD - (limited to 10) I am so excited to share with you that this year I am moving into creating large scale, medium-format images for galleries. Patrons who remain at the Vanguard level for 12 months receive all of the previous benefits PLUS one of my very first, single edition, large scale prints. These images will be sold for a much higher retail price, but I am offering this to my Patreon supporters as a thank you for making the printing of the photos possible! Your photo will be from an edition of one so no one else will have the same print.
$7500 - THE CONFIDANTE - (limited to 3) The secret to my photography lies about 10% in technical skill and 90% in how I craft a shoot and work with people. I am famously private about my process and have never opened up what I do to anyone. Treytrons who subscribe for 12 months at THE CONFIDANTE level will spend two days with me in NY and be a part of the work that I do. We will be side by side in crafting a photoshoot with one of my favorite models and I will share the intimate details of my process and even let you take some shots yourself.
One more note about the images. Please do me the kindness of not saving or sharing the photographs I post. I want to feel confident really putting a lot into this page and intellectual property has a way of spreading far and wide. All of the images are copyrighted. Thank you so much for your help with this.