Did you know all it takes is 1 person to show hope. 1 person to support, and 1 person to foster a vision. The vision comes from the creative visionary, who uses his unique talent and life situations. To create and develop his works. As a bipolar man, this creative visionary. Has had a hard life and has found it is very hard for people that have issues in life. To achieve independent freedom and more importantly self worth. Realizing that a life that has obstacles is often hard. If you start back in the early years of my life, you would see just how troubled the road ahead for me would be. From near death at birth, to 2 head injuries as a toddler. A over bearing mother with issues, a father that never believed I could be anything. Not allowed to have friends early in life. Missing the early important stages of personal development. To missing several years of formal schooling. By my late teens facing death and head injuries again. My life was an up hill battle down a road of the roughest terrain. By my mid twenties my life caught up to me. I was living recklessly and was clueless to it. After building a decent life for myself with my own family and my plan with in reach. I had several meltdowns. Sure there was outside triggers, but that is not neither here nor there. The fact was I lost. I lost my grip on life and lost sight of my plan. Obstacles in life inserted themselves every step of the way. Before I knew what hit me, I had a battered body. Destroyed self worth, and pretty much homeless. Lost my own family, my ability to work and at the time care for my self in any way. Advised by my doctors and lawyer the to begin the disability process had come. That was a blow to a man that had learned to do for himself, and set me into a deeper spiral downward. I struggle daily to wake up, shower and do something positive daily. Living on disability is a major challenge. First you do not have nearly enough money to live any type of life of quality. It is the barest of basics. Second and to me more importantly, you do not have the income and ability to achieve any personal goals of bettering your self. Remember not growing up with friends. I do not have the skills most take for granted to communicate with people to develop friendships and or partnerships. So getting my story, and my life ambitions along with my vision out to the masses just fails to happen. Currently my vision needs support to become reality. I simply do not have the resources I need to make it a real live opportunity. Supporting my vision will enable me to work for myself, and build a life that allows me to generate income, work around my disabilities. As a Bipolar male, I have met my share of issues in life. So often in life people with mental illness are cast aside and forgotten. Many end up homeless and cycled through the criminal justice system. I know this first hand. I also know that with the proper motivation a person can slowly fight the battle and find normalcy in life. As I have many bad days, and often more than those around me are aware of. I have found ways that are healthy to cope with my issues. Photography has become not only my passion but my hope to having a normal life. Will you join me today support my vision so that I can continue to grow as a person and eventually help others like me?
I am writing to you today in hopes to evoke action that will have positive lasting effects on my life. As well as those around me. As a single male in his 40′s, living on disability. I reflect back on my life and choices that lead me to the place in life I now hold. Many great opportunities came across my path, as did many invaluable lessons that have and will serve me well in life. My story is not so different from many, I was a child of a broken home and of mental illness. Lack of education in many facets of life, is not an excuse for failure. As a matter of fact I have never failed at anything. Yes some of my endeavors in life lead me down a different path than I wanted when. Looking back, the knowledge and wisdom gained. Prove to me I did not fail, time simply was postponing my arrival. Volumes on my life could be written, and looking for one aspect to pin down. To better explain my self would lead to a book in itself. Instead I am going to do my best to share with you where I would hope to be, and how I believe I can get there from here. Simple life, with complex issues and grand dreams. Often fill my time with developing a vision in which inspires and invites others to join me. Photography, the act of collecting light as it reflects an image. Fits my personality and my talents as if tailored just for me. A passion that started early in life, and has grown with every breath. Lends its self my therapy, my outlet of expression and my way to give a humble life for myself. For the past few years, I have dived head first into what is photography. Perfecting the way it represents me as well as my life. Creating unique images, that symbolize the way I perceive the time as I have seen and felt it. My goal is to bring to light, to say my works in a way that will allow me to survive. Thrive and grow as a human, a man, and as a member of society. As one can imagine living on disability is not easy. I earn a mere $13,000 a year. After rent, food and life essentials there is not much left. Yet I have managed in the past few years in my personal project of growth. To get a camera that works, a few lens’ and built a website that showcases that growth. Trying to continue to grow on my own is starting to keep me up nights again, my stress levels are yet again rising. Working to keep my self focused and relaxed at the same time. I am seeking out investors, donations any help at all. To further my growth. I would very much like to gain my personal independence. Simply to get a car, and the ability to go down the road to take photos, to get a better camera. Possibly a few lens’ that will really complement my talent would be nice. The basic need to go shopping and get to the doctors time from time on my own would be nice. I have a goal of $1,500,000.00 that money would allow me to get the gear, hire a part time assistant and allow me to really get out and blossom. I would like to legally form my company, and grow into a life that will make people. View me with respect, and admire the fact that even though I had a rough life. At times made major mistakes, I fought hard to mature into a man who believed anything is possible. I am asking for your help today to make that possible. Would you please consider investing in the growth of someone’s self-respect? Would you enjoy helping making someone’s dreams come true? Then join me today and lets create a moment worth capturing. Thank you very much for your time. You can give directly here
Your support will enable so many wonderful creations, and opportunities to happen.
The first thing I will do with the money is buy property and build a small home and studio, so that I have not only a place to be creative, but a safe and stable environment to live my life.
FYI $1.5Million works out to roughly $37k a year for the next 40 years, after buying property and building my home, I am planing on having enough left to support myself for the rest of my life, so I no longer have to worry. Anything I get to make above that, will allow me to help others as we cross paths.
The Vision, To Create A Space That All Can Be Creative.
Open to those that have less than ideal opportunity to be their best. To provide an atmosphere that is inviting and inspiring.
To teach those that what they have deep within themselves, can enable them to be great…
Artist have for centuries have battled with creating art and finding a way to provide a sustainable life. The old adage “Starving Artist” takes a new meaning for me as well as many others. My life has been a very rough one, I have had great loss. Seen the streets first hand, and struggled with being able to provide for my self and my family. I am not alone. What sets me apart from others, is I refuse to give up. Often I step back to rethink my forward momentum. Adjusting my course, and sometimes because of failure. Other times to prevent failure. In life I have learned one thing, people have to have something to live for in order to be productive.
Photography and creative editing allows me a peace, and a goal that fulfills my emptiness. It allows me to push through the hard times, and enjoy the good. What I love about art is not only the act of creating, but the way your emotions truly come out in the work you do.
In my life I have seen many talented people, and saw in them what could make them great as well as productive. Sadly society forgets that if your not already productive, that you could be. I have experienced this my self a few times.
My vision is to obtain a space large enough to have a coffee shop open to the public. While having the space to not only display art, but create art. The space will be open to all that have a true desire to be productive in life. Regardless of social status. We would like to have room for showers, as a clean body leads to a great start. Nothing makes a person feel better about themselves than a sense of being clean. We will have both private workspaces and wide open creative spaces.
It will provide those that want to teach, and learn. As well as the opportunity to those that simply can not afford to. The coffee shop will provide the income to hopefully cover the space. As all creative people will be welcome. We will have payed members as well as free members. The paid members will finance the materials and equipment for the free members.
In a world that is full of issues and social causes. The vision is one that will enable creative thinkers to find their own place in the world, and become contributing members of society. I foresee us having the ability to hire 5 people from day one, and with in a year to employ 25 full time employees. Our goal will be to take those without jobs, and futures and not give them hope, but to provide them with the tools. To use the hope deep within themselves to better their position in life.
As this is the basic idea, we are developing the full plan daily. Currently we being just me. I am reaching out to you. To join me, I need funding to move forward, like minded creatives to develop goals, time lines and the plans to make it happen.
I ask you to think of yourself, if you needed the help to better your self today. Would you be able to walk into a place and be offered it? If you are inspired at all please reach out to us and see how you can help. Or if you simply want to make a contribution you can here
By now you have had the opportunity to get to know my vision. If you have not, you can later on this page. But what you have yet to learn about is how I would love to make it happen.
I would love to buy around 150-2oo acres in Vermont, if I am lucky it will have an old farm house and barn on it. Close to the old house I would like to build my home and studio, carve out 10 acres around the two house’s, and create a park like setting. I would restore the old farm house and turn it into a year round bed and breakfast, on the rest of the carved out 10 acres, I would set up a tranquil rv camping ground. I would restore the old barn, and set up a coffee shop and community center that could be rented out for events. This would slowly but steadily allow me to save up and bring my vision to life. The rest of the property I would section off, I would love a small maple sugar farm, and my own 1-2 acres organic garden. I would lay out space to eventually build a dormitory and studio for my vision, along with 25 private cabins, which could be rented out to traveling artist to have a small inspiring retreat.
With your love and support, I can make this all happen.
Thank you for your support, please share and pass this on….
Philip A. Swiderski Jr