Malama Pono

Malama Pono is a photographic tribute to the women of the Big Island and their stories, an intimate conversation between friends.
Britten Traughber
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Keaau, Hawaii
United States
1 Team Member

Malama Pono, a new series of images by photographer Britten Traughber, is scheduled to debut at Jan Brandt Gallery in Bloomington, IL on May 25th, 2013. This campaign is aimed at raising half the funds needed to produce, print, mat and frame the show. 

Since moving to the Big Island two years ago, Britten has become friends with many resilient women, who have shared their stories with her. The images in Malama Pono are based on these stories, creative re-interpretations in which the narrator herself has often modeled for her own story. Anonymous stories, or stories told in secret, have been interpreted using models. 

"Malama Pono" often translates as "It's all good" or in this case "Please Take Care". It is Britten's goal that this work will celebrate the lives of the women who have so graciously trusted their stories to her, while bringing light to the often unspoken hardships and struggles of everyday life in Hawaii. 

Through this campaign I'm aiming to raise half the cost of this show. The other half of my budget (plus travel to the mainland for the show and any unforeseen additional costs) is being covered by my two "real" jobs that have funded this endeavor thus far.

Plans are being made for future exhibits on the mainland, and any amount raised over the goal will go toward creating a traveling show specifically to be shown on the Hawaiian Islands. 

Printing is being done locally on the Big Island. These prints will come on the plane with me to Illinois and be framed shortly before the show opens. All frames, glass and matting will be prepared ahead of time in Illinois by local businesses. After the exhibit the show will be crated and hopefully sent out to its next venue!

Due to the challenges of creating work on an island and presenting it thousands of miles away, I've had to get creative with materials, time and my budget. I believe in the power of this show so much. Please help me share this work with a larger audience & celebrate the stories of these amazing women.  Thank you for your support! 

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  • $10USD
    Signed Show Card & Mix CD

    Receive a signed show card, an online thank you, with a big hug. The Mix CD will be sent to all contributors- compiled by myself & Bert- be ready for some rare & amazing tunes!

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $25USD
    Teeny Print

    Receive a 4x6" signed print (artist's choice), show card, online thank you.

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $50USD
    Small Print

    Receive a 6x9" signed print (artists choice), show card, online thank you

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $75USD
    Photo Lesson

    One hour photo lesson/project consultation with Britten. (Big Island only or via Skype), show card, thank you at exhibit.

    3 claimed
  • $100USD
    Medium Print

    Receive an 8x12" signed print, unframed (collector's choice), show card, thank you listed at exhibit.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $150USD
    The New Mrs.

    Receive a custom one of a kind framed print as you become part of the Mrs. Series (you heard that right!) Britten will create a new self portrait, just for you, imagining "what could have been"... Skype date may be required.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $250USD
    Large Framed Print

    Receive a 12x18" signed & framed print (collector's choice), show card, thank you listed at exhibit.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $500USD
    Artist's Book

    Receive a Limited Edition Hand Bound Artist's Book of Malama Pono, plus an 8x12" unframed image, show card. Major sponsor listing at exhibit and online.

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    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Your Choice

    Receive a 20x30" framed print (buyer's choice) or Private Portrait Session with large framed custom print and; disk with copyright (travel excluded) or 3 nights "BandB" style stay as a guest with Bert and Britten on the Big Island, island tour and gourmet cooking included. Premier Sponsor listing with show title.

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