A coffee table book with pictures of same sex couples across the US sharing their intimate stories of love, hope, pain and courage.
Love, Respect and the right to show affection in public for EVERYBODY!
The short version:
I want to make a coffee table book of my photography! It's going to take 4 months and a trip around the US with a team of 3 dedicated friends and a bit of cash! My purpose, a really awesome book showcasing my photography while helping build cultural acceptance of public affection of same sex couples.
The long version:
In May of 2011, 2 men holding hands while walking across the busy Hawthorn Bridge in Portland Oregon were followed and attacked by a group of men. Nobody helped!
Following this event, a local organization approached me and asked me if I would donate my time and Photography to help launch an outreach campaign. The purpose of the campaign, cultural acceptance of public affection between same sex couples. The idea; take pictures of local men in intimate but publicly appropriate embraces and plaster these photos all over the greater Portland metro area on 17 billboards.
I was moved by the sheer courage displayed by the men who stepped up and allowed themselves to be photographed for public display throughout the Portland area. This wasn't just coming out as being gay, this was more like, HEY LOOK WORLD, I'M GAY AND PROUD! I WILL SHOW MY LOVE FOR MY PARTNER AND YOU CAN JUST DEAL WITH IT!!! Screaming from the rooftops, almost literally!
I knew right away this campaign is bigger than Portland! These photos need to be taken and these stories need to be heard!
I don't expect a book to solve the problem of bullying and gay bashing but maybe, just maybe, next time somebody in my neighborhood (or yours) gets attacked, more people will step up and yell STOP!
My, not so little, project/contribution to the cause.
Starting in Feb of 2012 I will leave my home in Portland Oregon for a road trip of a life time! I plan on taking a leave from my current job as well as putting my photography business on hold for several months following my departure.
The goal is to visit at least one major city in all 50 states to take pictures and record stories from courageous same sex couples living their lives together, showing their affection for one another in public.
I will be collecting images as well as intimate stories of pain, love and courage. Since not every couple I meet will end up in the book, I plan on updating fans and supporters on facebook. There will be video interviews, stories, people sharing their thoughts, photos from the travels, etc.
I have estimated that it will take 2 1/2 months to go from state to state and one month to assemble and self publish the book. (Unless a publisher steps up and wants to publish the book) The book will be available for purchase by June/early July, 2012.
Some of the cities I plan on visiting:
If you think I should come to your city, make sure you post a memo on my facebook!
Especially if you represent an organization that represents the LGTBQ community.
- San Francisco
- Des Monies
- Las Vegas
What your contributions are paying for:
I have an actual cost break down in my business plan but basically... Salary for the 4/5 months I will not be working. (I believe in the cause but I do not want to lose my home or studio in the process, that won't help anybody!)
I have included the cost of a rental car, hotels, food and a small salary for me and a crew of 3. (hehe, I rhymed) I started planning the tour dates and stops. This drive is not going to be for the faint of heart! We have lots of distance to cover in a short amount of time.
I also plan on having t-shirts and posters made to hand out to people we meet to help spread the love/promote the launch of the book.
I will be doing some fund raising on my own but the less money I need to come up with myself means the more time I will be able to reach out to people and get the photos, stories and other content for the book! The more content I have, the bigger and better the book and facebook will be! The better the book, the more hearts I can reach!!!
The money will go to all of the above plus of course the obvious, an editor (I may be a great photographer but I can't spell to save my life!) and first run printing costs.
The book will be a 200 to 400 page, 8.5"x11", Soft cover, perfect bound, beautifully inspiring coffee table book. I have estimated the first run of 200 copies, (250 color pages) to cost about 6000.00 That being said, the more donated, the better quality I can make the book! I really need 30,000.00 realistically but as you know, all or nothing so I am asking for 20,000 just in case!
You can follow my progress here:
Thanks for your support!
P.S. Although the funds raised here are going towards the creation of the book, additional pledges will help me create future books and projects!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $20,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on September 13, 2011.
Jun 15, 2011 - Sep 13, 2011 (90 days)
Pledge $1 or more
I will mention your name on my facebook with a personal thank you. (Linked to your page if your provide it.) This will be done even if I don't get funded. <3 Good karma points!
Pledge $25 or more
The above reward plus I will personally mail you a post card form the road. Post cards are also signed photos of the "love takes courage" book cover. Did I mention karma? The satisfaction of knowing you did your part to keep kickstarter awesome!
Pledge $100 or more
A mention on facebook, a postcard sent to you from the road AND... a signed 8x10 print of the book cover photo shipped to you. My undying gratitude and equally awesome karma points. The satisfaction of knowing you helped an ambitious project happen!
Pledge $250 or more
A mention on facebook, a postcard sent to you from the road, a 24x30 signed poster shipped to you. My undying gratitude and respect of course... The cool part. I will tell one of the couples I interview about how generous you are and make sure you get a "live" thank you from them in one of the videos posted to facebook. This will happen when I interview people on the road! You also earn amazing Karma points!!!
Pledge $500 or more
A mention on facebook, a postcard sent to you from the road, a 24x30 signed poster. My undying gratitude! A personal thank you in one of the videos posted to facebook from the people I interview on the road! Amazing Karma points!!! Ohhhhhh and a A "Love Takes Courage." T Shirt! Wear this proudly and show your love and support for the LGTBQ community.
Pledge $1,000 or more
A mention on facebook, a postcard sent to you from the road, a 24x30 signed poster. My undying gratitude! A personal thank you in one of the videos posted to facebook from the people I interview on the road! Amazing Karma points!!! *and a partridge in a pear tree.* A "Love Takes Courage." T Shirt and A signed copy of the book from the first run printing (estimate available by July of 2012) *OK I'm kidding about the partridge but it I sorta felt like this was going in that direction. :0)
Pledge $2,500 or more
All of the above, including the Karma, probably times 100! For sponsors at this level (You are more than welcome to donate on behalf of your company) Your name/company will be mentioned in the book as a key sponsor noting you are somebody with a heart big enough for 10! I will also send an email personally inviting you to lunch on me, with me and my crew, assuming your city is on or near one of our tour stops. :0) Honestly, if you were willing to put that much into my project, I can't imagine completing my tour without the opportunity to personally thank you and shake your hand!