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The merry antics of the [young] British abroad photographed in all its glorious splendour and excess.
The merry antics of the [young] British abroad photographed in all its glorious splendour and excess.
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Hello! I'm Peter Dench, an award-winning British photojournalist with over 15-years experience. I've had the privilege to travel extensively across the globe on assignment for magazines including The New Yorker; TIME; Sunday Times; Telegraph; Weekend Guardian; GQ and STERN.

Since 2012 I’ve, been documenting the British party phenomenon across some of Europe's best beach destinations: Ibiza, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Majorca and Croatia. My pictures reveal a colourful, wild and uniquely British world, and I’m now looking for funding to turn them into a hardback photo book. This will be a follow up to my book A&E: Alcohol & England, published last year by Bluecoat Press.

Launch of A&E: Alcohol & England at The Photographers' Gallery London
Launch of A&E: Alcohol & England at The Photographers' Gallery London

THE BRITISH ABROAD

The world of the clubbing holiday is a place of extremes, and one of the greatest is alcohol. Britons regularly top the league of drunken holiday hooligans. And no wonder.

On arrival holidaymakers are met by party promoters selling tickets for everything the Brit abroad has come to expect; foam parties, boat parties, water parties, luminous paint parties and the holiday staple, the organised party bar crawl. Party Hard in Ayia Napa, offer a bar crawl every Tuesday that includes five bars, drinking games, free shots and free club entry. The Party Crew’s, Let’s Go F**king Mental bar crawl in Sunny Beach, is three times a week. Tourists can expect a welcome cocktail, five free shots, a visit to four popular party bars and two free entrances to clubs. The average age of the 110,000 Club 18-30 customers who go abroad every year is 19.
 Partygoers must be ready to embrace the lows along with the highs.

On the main strip in Ayia Napa, I met 19 year-old Calum, a plumber from Scotland, being jovially pushed along by friends in a wheelchair. Calum slipped on the floor where he was staying and fell through a patio door and off a first floor balcony, severing the tendons in both of his legs. 



Not everyone I’ve been photographing is on holiday. In Magaluf, I accompanied 32 year-old Security Officer, George, on the stretch of beach he patrols alone for nine hours, seven days a week, five months a year. During the night, armed with only a baton and five years experience, he had to disperse a rowdy crowd of around 20 youths trying to launch pedalos into the sea. A previous night, a tourist he interrupted being intimate with a young woman, stabbed him in his stab vest.

With the reportage I now have, I’m ready to publish a book that will allow others to step inside this world and see what goes on when the British land on foreign soil.

ABOUT THE BOOK

156 pages / hardcover / 140 colour photographs / 270x18x290mm (landscape) / publication date: August, 2015 / 2000 copies including 100 copies with a limited edition signed print.

If funding is a success, I’ll be working with Bluecoat Press to turn The British Abroad into a terrific entertaining and engaging hardback photo book. In addition to the more traditional 35mm colour reportage, there's a section of images shot with the Lomography Diana F+ camera.

Bluecoat Press has been publishing high quality photographic books since 1992. Owner Colin Wilkinson established Liverpool’s photography gallery, Open Eye Gallery, in 1977, and has had a long career in photography and creative industries. Since 2012, Bluecoat Press has specialised in publishing the work of British photojournalists including John Bulmer, Bert Hardy and Patrick Ward.

A short video interview with Dan Damon at BBC World Service about photographing for The British Abroad project

REWARDS

Signed copy of books The British Abroad and A&E: Alcohol & England

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Bluecoat Press (Estimated Aug. 2015)
  • Product Dimensions: 290x18x270mm
  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Bluecoat Press (23 Oct. 2014)
  • Product Dimensions: 290x18x270mm

Signed copy of The British Abroad AND 1 x "8x10" [paper size] print in an edition of 100 signed and numbered, printed on Giclee Pearl [a slightly textured 285g.s.m. semi-gloss paper that holds detail with punchy colours]

A superb collection of 5 essential Bluecoat Press hardback photography books (normal value £100): John Bulmer’s, The North; Patrick Ward’s, Being English; Stuart Roy Clarke’s, Homes of Football PLUS A&E: Alcohol and England (signed) PLUS The British Abroad (signed) PLUS your name in the acknowledgements.

Signed copy of The British Abroad AND 3 x "8x10" [paper size] Lomography prints in an edition of 25, signed and numbered in pencil en verso, printed on Giclee Pearl [a slightly textured 285g.s.m. semi-gloss paper that holds detail with punchy colours]

 SAMPLE SPREADS

LINKS TO PREVIOUS BOOKS AND PROJECTS ON THE BRITISH

BBC : PARIS MATCH : THE NEW YORK TIMES : BUZZFEED : GUARDIAN : MIRROR : POYICNN : VIMEO : WORLD PRESS PHOTO : CHANNEL 4

First ever Dench family trip abroad; flying to Magaluf, Majorca, 1986
First ever Dench family trip abroad; flying to Magaluf, Majorca, 1986

Risks and challenges

The number of photographs and pages in the book may change (but not dramatically) as the design is polished and tweaked.

Barring acts of God, the final printed and bound book will pass by the White Cliffs of Dover around mid-July and be distributed across the globe and into your hands (with any accompanying rewards) by the end of August 2015.

If you select the Workshop; Portfolio Review or Dench for a Day rewards, I will be in touch directly to secure a date in the diary; the chosen date can be anytime from now, the reward does not expire.

I hope you enjoy the potential of this project and endorse the model for publication; together we can make this book happen.

Best wishes

Peter Dench

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    5 BOOKS: A superb collection of 5 essential Bluecoat Press hardback photography books (normal value £100): John Bulmer’s, The North; Patrick Ward’s, Being English; Stuart Roy Clarke’s, Homes of Football PLUS A&E: Alcohol and England (signed) PLUS The British Abroad (signed) PLUS your name in the acknowledgements. [European Union only]

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