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 behind the scenes - sometimes the props don't behave!

behind the scenes - sometimes the props don't behave!

We also completed our photo session with Heather McKissick as our inspirational Abigail Adams. We love both of these women for their strength, passion and leadership styles that, quite frankly, make you want to be a better person. We'll be unveiling that photo soon, as well


This weeks' ICYMI: don't forget to check out our behind the scenes video with Bijoy Goswami as Benjamin Franklin!

In other news, we’ve completed this year’s round of photographs and are currently putting together our companion website, posters and hard cover books for our early patriots. 

Thanks so much for your support and interest. 

Best,

sandra

We are now a month out from the East Austin Studio Tour and we’re getting down to business.

Although our goal was to photograph 13 Revolutionaries, due to budget and calendar constraints, we will be showing 11 awesome Revolutionaries for this exhibit (but stay tuned - we might have some future surprises!)

We couldn’t be more excited to show the exhibit, and in the meantime, we have a sneak peek from behind the scenes with Chief Art Acevedo as General George Washington. The Chief was such a trooper, at the crack of dawn on Town Lake for our session last week, but sometimes our props don't behave so well...

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Last Week with Revolutionary Austin (10/6/14)

 
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Just because we took a few days off to enjoy the beautiful central Texas weather, doesn't mean we haven't been busy!

We have new photos with Bijoy Goswami as Benjamin Franklin and David Hess as John Durang. 

There's also an ICYMI behind the scenes videos with Johnny Moeller and Dorsey & Susan (with #GustavotheGoose.)

And much more!

Both Bijoy Goswami and Benjamin Franklin are ideas guys - grand thoughts on a wide foray topics - with action plans to go with them all. According to his Wikipedia entry, Bijoy is an "entrepreneurial philosopher," which includes thinking, writing, speaking, connecting, coaching and strategizing on a variety of topics. Most recently, he has co-founded the ATX Equation, a group of Austinites currently in the process of identifying and mapping Austin's scenes.

We thought Bijoy was the perfect Ben Franklin, with Franklin's accessible intellectualism and consistent tinkering being the perfect pairing with Bijoy's modernity. 

 Bijoy Goswami as Benjamin Franklin

Bijoy Goswami as Benjamin Franklin


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As we mentioned in our last update, David Hess is a local musician, comedian, producer we had portray the first American born actor John Durang. The concept of comedy/tragedy was David's idea, and we were happy to oblige.

 David Hess as John Durang

David Hess as John Durang


ICYMI: We have behind the scenes videos from our sessions with Johnny Moeller, which you can check out here and our video with Dorsey & Susan can be found here.

If you like what we're doing, please consider sharing this with your social networks and/or donating to the project (click the link below.)

Thanks so much,

sandra

 

Revolutionary #2: Rudy Malveaux as Paul Cuffee, Sr.

Our project is on a roll, and our second Revolutionary was Rudy Malveaux, filmaker, political activist and community organizer. We photographed Rudy at Marshall's Barber Shop on 12th and Chicon in East Austin this past weekend. (Big thanks to Jermaine and the crew, who were extraordinarily helpful and accomodating!)

Rudy is portraying Paul Cuffee, Sr. (also written Cuffe), a free African-American man from Colonial America who built a maritime fleet and organized other free blacks to oppose the tea tax placed on imported tea in Boston, among other accomplishments (which you can learn about at the exhibit!)

 Rudy Malveaux as Paul Cuffee, Sr.

Rudy Malveaux as Paul Cuffee, Sr.

Rudy also wanted to have some fun with our Colonial wigs, so we took some time out to have some fun during the session. (Mr. Cuffee, to our knowledge, did not wear a wig, as traditional for men in that era, but we can bust a mold a bit!)

 fun with wigs!

fun with wigs!

Don't forget to check out our IndieGoGo page: http://igg.me/at/revolutionaryatx/x/8281690 to see more about the project and to help us reach out goal of $5000 by the end of August. Please forward this project on to friends and we can make it happen!

We have more sessions planned in the next few weeks...stay tuned!

sandra

 

 

Our first Revolutionary - Glenn Gadbois as Paul Revere

Our first photo session for Revolutionary Austin went off flawlessly Friday evening in downtown Austin, with the fantastic Glenn Gadbois, Executive Director of Movability Austin. Glenn is at the forefront of trying to find alternative transportation options for Austinites, instead of relying on single occupant automobiles.

Now much like Paul Revere, Glenn is also a craftsman, which was one of the many reasons I chose Glenn to portray Revere in this series.

Here are some behind the scenes shots and outtakes, with the final exhibit photo coming soon...stay tuned! And don't forget to help us continue the project by donating to our IndieGoGo campaign here: http://igg.me/at/revolutionaryatx/x/8281690

 behind the scenes on Cesar Chavez St.

behind the scenes on Cesar Chavez St.


What folks are saying about Revolutionary Austin

We've had such great support since we've launched our IndieGoGo campaign, and I'm very grateful for everyone who has stopped by the page, taken a look at what we're doing, and donated to the campaign. We've reached over 25% of our goal in the first week!

Social media is the main way we are reaching out to folks, and many have posted their own support for the project. Here's a few we'd like to share:

Heather McKissick: "Austin is Revolutionary in SO many ways. And there are so many incredible people in Austin who take a revolutionary approach to their work, life, and influence in this city. The #RevolutionaryATX project by Sandra Buzanowski Ramos is shaping up to be an amazing tribute to our city and its leadership, and I am humbled to be a part of such a funky, cool, super-Austin-y thing with leaders like Art Acevedo, David Escamilla Glenn Gadbois Bijoy Goswami and others! Check it out!"

Katherine Nicely: "What an amazing project. Sandra Buzanowski Ramos is creating an art project called Revolutionary Austin. They are taking people from across the civic spectrum (public figures, musicians, actors, activists, etc) and matching them up with historical figures from the Revolutionary War era and photographic them with a modern twist. Imagine Glenn Gadbois' as Paul Revere's posing as historical figures. Love the idea."

David Hess: "if you think for a moment that you're gonna run for office without consulting sandra ramos, you're a joke. in other news: sandra's [taking photos and] publishing a book and unless i'm dreaming, my face is gonna be in that book. no no no: the pleasure really is all mine."

Also a big thank you to David Barrow (@anchorhd) and Adrian Miller (@soulfoodscholar) for their tweets about #revolutionaryATX.

I'd really appreciate it if you could give us a shout out to your networks, and maybe donate a little to show your support.

Thanks again!

sandra

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Gratitude.

I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone for the great encouragement on this project. It's my first art exhibit, and without your support, none of this would be possible.

It's also important to recognize some folks behind the scenes who have been really awesome: Allison from Coco Coquette, who has done an amazing job finding and styling our wigs; the folks at Austin B-cycle, who are gracious enough to loan us a bike for one of our shoots on location, and Dolly at Costume World, who has talked me off the ledge and helped me find the perfect costumes from their huge selection.

Thanks everyone. Don't forget to check out our Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for this fun project.

Best,

sandra

 Wigs from Coco Coquette

Wigs from Coco Coquette

 costume for Paul Revere

costume for Paul Revere