Upgrade 5 (or more) photo stations using Lattice panels and receive additional photos for public outdoor exhibitions.
In 2009 Spanish photographer and writer Juan Carril Márquez, Director of Project PFC, created “Put a Photo in the Street”, (PFC) for its Spanish acronym.
The first PFC event was held in Barcelona, Spain May 18, 2009, to coincide with the International Museum Day. This was done not to join the events, but as a way to contrast the two concepts. This project allows for the person, artist, photographer in our case, to exhibit his/her work without restrictions. In 2011, a friend discovered and presented the project to me; we loved it and celebrated the first PFC event in Cayey, Puerto Rico May 18, 2012. Working with a fine group of friends in 2013, we managed to celebrate PFC in the town square of Humacao with the sponsorship of the Municipality. The enthusiasm with photography and the project has grown so much, in 2014 PFC was celebrated in 7 different towns. We now also have the official website in English also as, Put a Photo in the Street (PPS). PFC is a photo project for all, created as an all-inclusive social-cultural event using photography as the means to unite.
Project PFC is a nonprofit organization, under taken by volunteer coordinators who via the social Medias like Facebook and Twitter, invite all photography lovers, to print and share their best photos, in a gallery that is free of charge to the public and the photographers, no restrictions. It provides the photographers an opportunity to exhibit their art work in a free style setting opened to all. The event is held in any open space, preferably one where most public transient is found; parks, plazas, walkways, etc.
Project PFC needs to evolve in order to grow more. It is currently celebrated only once a year, May 18, as an international event. Thus for the project to grow, I have come up with PFC on Tour celebrated every two months spreading the news in our large cities with colleges and universities. Since May, we have already visited 2 towns, Arroyo and Caguas, and have Ponce confirmed for December 6, 2014. Mayagüez and Arecibo are scheduled for early 2015, as we aim to close with the main PFC event May 18, 2015 in Old San Juan and join in simultaneously with other cities around world the celebration of PFC.
Project PFC on Tour Goals:
The goal is to purchase lattice panels to upgrade the current photo stations, make the exhibits as elegant as possible and receive additional photos to create our outdoor gallery.
Using 1×4 inch wood boards, a frame 6×4 feet is made to support the Lattice panel. Attaching two frames with hinges allows it, what is now a module, to become free standing when opened and closes nicely for storage. Attaching two modules with cords is what I call a station. A station can take different forms depending on the amount of photos available for exhibition or the space available for the exhibition.
The stations can be configured in various forms and, depending on space and amount needed, it can be staged for example as:
“V” with open side to the wall, provides 2 panels to exhibit
Triangular with 3 panels to exhibit
Square with 4 panels to exhibit
“[” with 6 panels to exhibit
“W” with 8 panels to exhibit
“+” with 8 panels to exhibit
I have spent much money in the past years in this project, more than what I invest on my own photo equipment, just because I believe in Project PFC. I also know the public and the photographers enjoy it when we celebrate the event.
Initially the frames held wire mesh for exhibiting the photos. But the rain and humidity corrodes the mesh quickly. An upgrade from wire mesh to lattice panels will make the stations hold up to the elements and make them more attractive. Another issue is no one likes to see rusty wires and tape. Covering the wire mesh frames with economy plastic white curtains has been our temporary solution. The curtains are not very steady or resistant the even mild wind and get trashed the same day after just one use, due to this the event is usually limited one day.
The stations need to be steady, durable, and as elegant as possible. Upgrading the stations with lattice will allow us to provide something more attractive during presentations to government authorities and others to obtain permissions needed to exhibit in public places. With our site set on celebrating PFC in our capital city’s Old San Juan, with historic walls, the stations need to be attractive to blend in with the architecture. But to accomplish this I need your help since lattice panels are 5 times more expensive than wire mesh. We need 4 panel to complete on station. Your contribution with this photo project will allow us to share our photos with others by creating art galleries in the streets.
Schedule for this project:
December 1, 2014 thru January 9, 2015: Fotofund Campaign. The season for giving!
January 10-11, 2015: Materials need to be purchased to upgrade the stations as mentioned above. The wood will be reused, no need to purchase wood for the project. Measure and cut lattice panels to proper size. Backers need to send photos formatted to proper print size per reward selected. Details will be sent to backers who pledged for rewards.
January 17-18, 2015: Removal of exiting wire mesh, reinforce wood frames, commence painting wood frames white. Photos sent out for printing.
January 24-25, 2015: Install Lattice panels to wood frames.
February 2015: The first photo gallery exhibit and presentation of Project PFC with new upgraded stations to take place in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, exact date(s) and place to be announced.
March 2015: PFC on Tour continues in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in hopes to be the first week long exhibit inside a mall, exact dates and mall to be announced.
April 2015: Coordination for PFC Event, insurance, permits, continue invitations, promotional work, etc.
May 16-18, 2015: PFC on Tour celebrates the PFC Event in San Juan, Puerto Rico along with many other cities around the world! The event is a social-cultural get together for all and your photos will be on exhibit, add yourself to Project PFC, and join us to Put a Photo on the Street!
This campaign is a flexible campaign– The campaign creator keeps all funds pledged regardless of whether or not the campaigns meets its stated funding goal.