Mermaids and Muses

A photo exhibit inspired by the stories and images of mermaids and muses
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Reuben Reynoso
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Photography
Los Angeles, California
United States
1 Team Member

***Because I've been asked a few times, CHILDREN are more than welcome to the photoshoot rewards. You can even have a children's mermaid phtooshoot party if you pledge enough. Please contact me for details. ***

I've always loved the ocean, and as a kid growing up in L.A.'s east-side, the stories of mermaids always fascinated me. Even though I was told they weren't "real", I always felt otherwise; the ocean was too deep and mysterious for man to really know the truth, there were too many stories all the way to ancient times for them to not be real.

As an adult, I haven't fully put that belief away, and as I've spent countless hours underwater; I've always been on the lookout for these mermaids and sirens, catching glimpses of their tails disappearing into the dark depths of the sea. ;)

This project is for a photo exhibition, inspired by images and stories of mermaids and muses. My models represent the strong mermaids of stories; their photos will symbolize different emotions, and use not only the tail that's seen in the video above, but fabrics and other props. They will not only be "mermaids", but also the muses in our creatives lives. Though they are thought as fantasy, that they don't exist in this world, I want to show that all of us have a mermaid, or merman, inside of us.

The gallery show is what I'm hoping to be Part 1 of a longer series that may include a photo book and possibly a film/documentary in the future.

I am a Los Angeles based photographer who is OBSESSED with being underwater, and would love to have this project come to fruition. With your pledge, you can help me put on a great exhibit and get yourself some beautiful art for your walls. Also, the opportunity to have an underwater shoot of your own; for yourself or a loved one, is available here, at a heavily discounted price from what I normally charge! You'll have a professional make-up artist to help bring out the mermaid, or merman, in you, and a beautiful print of your shoot!

The funds from this indiegogo project will go towards shooting more images for the project, expanding on the costumes, hiring a photoshop expert, and will help pay for the final printing and framing of the images before they're shown. They will be printed large, at a minimum of 30x40".

To me, mermaids have always represented freedom and joy, the happiness one finds in nature, the peace that being in the water can bring, and the serenity that surrounds you. The intent of my images is just that; to bring those emotions to the viewer, to have them feel that serenity, that peace, and joy that mermaids seem to have.

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  • $5USD
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    For what a good latté, you'll support an artist and get yourself a sweet little piece of art! • You'll get a grateful email from me. • A 3.5"x2" card of a shot from the project!

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    • A thank you email and eternal gratefulness • 4x6 postcard from the project

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    • A thank you email and eternal gratefulness • 4 beautiful 4x6 postcards from the project

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    • A thank you email and eternal gratefulness • An 8x10 signed print of one of the images from the project • The 4 postcards from the $25 reward

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    • A thank you email and eternal gratefulness • Three 8x10 signed prints from the project • The 4 postcards from the $25 reward

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    Underwater Group Photoshoot!

    LOS ANGELES AREA • A thank you email • An 8x10 signed print of one of the images from the project • You'll get to take part in a group underwater shoot day! There will be a professional makeup artist present to bring out your inner mermaid, or merman. • An 11x17 photo print of your favorite shot of the day, and $20 credit for more prints! Limited to 5 participants with an average of 1 hour underwater each. This will be at a pool selected by me. No pets, please.

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    Underwater Photoshoot II

    LOS ANGELES AREA • A thank you email • An 8x10 signed print of one of the images from the project • You'll get to take part in a group underwater shoot day! There will be a professional makeup artist present to bring out your inner mermaid, or merman. • An 11x17 photo print of your favorite shot of the day, and $20 credit for more prints! Limited to 5 participants with an average of 1 hour underwater each. This will be at a pool selected by me. No pets, please.

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    Los Angeles only - • A thank you email • Three 8x10 signed prints from the project, and an invite to the opening gallery show. • You'll also get to take part in a group underwater shoot day! Professional makeup artist present to bring out your inner mermaid, or merman. • An 11x17 photo print of your favorite shot of the day, $50 credit for more prints! Limited to 5 participants with an average of 1 hour underwater each. This will be at a pool selected by me. No pets, please.

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    Underwater photo clinic

    FOR L.A. ONLY. For other locations, please contact me. If you are interested in learning underwater photography and lighting, this reward will get you two full days of hands-on lessons You'll spend the day with me in a group situation, and I will teach you lighting for in-water shooting, breath-hold methods, problem solving, equipment choices., post-processing, model casting and interaction. This clinic is usually $1250 per person, but I'm offering it at a steep discount for this p

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    Private CA shoot

    FOR CALIFORNIA: • A PRIVATE underwater photo-shoot, at least 6 hours of shooting! Professional makeup artist present to bring out your inner mermaid, or merman. • An 11x17 signed print of your favorite shot, $50 credit towards the purchase of more prints! • A thank you email • 3 8x10 signed prints from the show • An invite to the opening gallery show, • Your name on the sponsor list of every exhibit in the next 4 years. 4 people per contributor. You provide the pool.

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    Anywhere in the U.S.!

    • A PRIVATE underwater photo-shoot for at least one day, for up to ten people • 1 11x17 signed print for every participant, plus $20 credit for more prints! • A thank you email • An invite to the opening gallery show, plus your name on the sponsor list of every exhibit in the next 4 years. Pool, the ocean, a lake, a river, or even your bathtub if you like.

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    Anywhere in the world!

    • A PRIVATE underwater photo-shoot for at least one day, for up to ten people • 1 11x17 signed print for every participant, plus $20 credit for more prints! • A thank you email • An invite to the opening gallery show, plus your name on the sponsor list of every exhibit in the next 4 years. Pool, the ocean, a lake, a river, or even your bathtub if you like.

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