After my last update, I was contacted by a Little Free Library representative regarding our sign. She promptly took care of whatever the issue was and it has finally arrived!
I'll be getting it over to our builders to be attached when ready. The library is being painted right now. Here is the pile of books awaiting its arrival:
We are getting close!
Thanks again everyone!
Well, we worked all weekend long with many friends here at the Forge. They helped stuff envelops with Omnivore salt and got them out to all of you just in time for Thanksgiving and the Holidays. I was busy cooking pasta fasole and pork ribs with balsamic and Omnivore salt. There were great conversations and lot of eating and laughter!
Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving and Holiday!
Happy Monday to all! We’re getting Week 3 started off right with an appearance on Huffington Post Live; in her interview alongside HuffPo business reporter Chris Kirkham, Andy addresses the scale and scope of the prison industry in Florence:
‘Many people liken the private prison to the hotel industry: you’ve gotta fill beds...In Florence, they house prisoners from Hawaii to Vermont...and there’s documented instances of state legislators working in collusion with these prisons to write mock legislation.’
We're also thrilled to be Kickstarter’s ‘Project of the Day’. We're setting big goals for this week: we want to raise $12K in the next 5 days; no contribution is too small in the quest towards this goal. We thank you so much for the support you've already shown us, and are excited to be on this journey with you all.
Well, the books are slowly trickling into stores. Steidl is an amazing printer, and I have been working with their publicist who is really great. However, because much of their business model is based on either small runs of exclusive art books, or bigger runs of books by famous photographers, they don't really have a very strong distribution or marketing capacity for a book like this, where the photographer is unknown.
As such it would be immensely helpful if you could contact local bookstores where you are and encourage them to stock the book. It's so stunning that I think it will be hard for people to walk out of a store without it. Also please message me with the names of stores that should have it, or writers that might write about it.
The Daily Mail jumped the gun AND ran double the images they were supposed to. This ran last week and its been interesting to track the path of the story via twitter. Many people that I know have tweeted about it or shared it on facebook WITHOUT realizing that they know me. It's also interesting to see via twitter how it will light up in certain regions- clearly via facebook. On Saturday there were a dozen tweets in Vancouver. Shortly afterwards it started to bounce around Toronto. Today there have been several in Argentina. There has also been a lot of twitter interest among people who work in media and photography.
Unfortunately, since the books aren't easily accessible, a lot of this energy will dissipate. However, there's a good amount of other media that should come out and spark the interest once again. I hope to do some events and lectures based not only on the images, but also the ideas about image making that this process has sparked. I am booked for nerd nite in Brooklyn Dec 13th
The books are being packed up in the office this week and should be out by the end of the week. Again, if you ordered the book from outside the country and want it shipped air mail rather than slow boat- please be in touch so we can arrange payment for airmail which is about $30.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the book. In the meantime I have been shooting a lot in the meadow behind my house.
Here's a small update with development sketches to start the week. Last week was too hectic to update because I was moving from my old apartment into a house. I thought I could get more work done, but moving never goes as planned. Oh well. I'm all moved in to my new digs and have my office all set up, so you should all be getting another update with photos this Friday.
Anyway... here are a few development sketches as well as a new page step-by-step video!
And just a reminder... I do Ustream webcasts every weeknight where you can watch me work on the book live. So come by and chat with me while I work! Here's the webcast schedule for the next couple of weeks: https://otis-frampton.squarespace.com/otis-frampton-live-on-ustream/
Hello everyone! Thank you for your support and enthusiasm! We are close to $18,000 and 90% of our goal. Please continue to tell your friends and family about our project to create the Fermentation Center!
Yesterday, by a stroke of luck (and, if I might say, crack reporting!), our kickstarter project was featured iin the New Haven Register! Here's the link!
Yes, we are going to make this happen, but only with your continued enthusiasm and advocating us! We have only $2,000 (and change ;) to go. Half of you have pledged $25, and our average pledge is just over $80. That means we'll need only 30 to 80 additional backers & we'll reach our goal! Tell your friends not to wait: this is the last week to pledge!
Join us this Thursday night (10/31) at the shop for the end of the kickstarter Halloween hangout. We'll put on some scary movies, drink some pumpkin beer, and give out candy! It'll be a fine time at the brewshop all night!
Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!
We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who's donated so far. Thank you so much for helping us achieve over 30% of our target in less than a week! We are mightily impressed. However, we've still got a long way to go before we can get the Halbwelt party well and truly started...
News from the front
Preparations are well under-way for Halbwelt Kultur at the Jermyn. With rehearsals starting next week, the team are busy writing new song arrangements, updating choreography, printing posters, negotiating publicity deals and generally not sleeping in order to make sure that we will be able to bring you the best show possible. Here we see Stephanie Hampton (one of our wonderful producers) en route to a meeting with the powers that be at the theatre...
More to come, so please keep checking back for sneak-peeks of everything behind-the-scenes Halbwelt. In the meantime, let's see if we can make it to £1000 within the week - I know we can do it, Lieblings!