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YTKWYA is a dream-like narrative told with photographs in a beautiful hardcover, cloth bound book.
YTKWYA is a dream-like narrative about being lost, told with photographs in a beautiful hardcover, cloth bound book. A big thank you to everyone who help make this happen.
YTKWYA is a dream-like narrative about being lost, told with photographs in a beautiful hardcover, cloth bound book. A big thank you to everyone who help make this happen.
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YKYKWYA, an acronym of You Think You Know Where You Are, is a photographic series about being lost. Mentally as well as physically.

YTYKWYA By Tom Kavanagh
YTYKWYA By Tom Kavanagh

The images are arranged into a narrative to create a surreal dream-like travel guide book that leads the viewer through to dead ends and misguiding obstacles. I have collated images taken all over the world that never give a sense of place.

Spread from the book YTYKWYA By Tom Kavanagh
Spread from the book YTYKWYA By Tom Kavanagh

 

Spread from the book YTYKWYA By Tom Kavanagh
Spread from the book YTYKWYA By Tom Kavanagh

I have been working on this project for 4 years now and with your help, I hope to finish it as a book. By making a donation of £30 you will get a signed copy of the book. Other donations will receive postcards, prints, photographic travel souvenirs, such as snow-domes and tea towels and a group tour of nowhere. All backers will get a thank you in the book and be invited to a private view and book launch where we will be able to share a drink to say an extra thank you.

The book has an accompanying soundtrack by Jimmy Lee of The Trailer Trash Tracys that you can listen to online while viewing the book. It also features a poem by Luke Norton.

Accompanying soundtrack by Jimmy Lee of The Trailer Trash Tracys
Accompanying soundtrack by Jimmy Lee of The Trailer Trash Tracys

 

The book has been designed by Ciaran O'Shea of Discordo Studio. The book will be cloth-bound hardcover, de-bossed contour map with pink foil lettering on the cover. It will be 250 x 205mm in size with 104 pages consisting of 52 photographs.

YTYKWYA By Tom Kavanagh
YTYKWYA By Tom Kavanagh

If I reach my target it will pay for the printing, binding, and packaging of a limited run of 400 books.

I would like to thank a few people for getting the project to this point. Maxwell Anderson Guy Archard, Bryony Cook, Hannah Drury, Alex Holmes, Jimmy Lee, Geir Moseid, Luke Norton Ciaran O'Shea, William Temple.

Without your help, I wouldn't have got this far. 

 You can view the series here. https://ytykwya.tumblr.com

A selection of photographs from YTYKWYA By Tom Kavanagh
A selection of photographs from YTYKWYA By Tom Kavanagh

Tom Kavanagh’s book begins with a sequence of dislocated, somewhat abstract photographs. The interplay of light on textures and surfaces reminds one of the first moments of waking: sunlight on a bedroom wall, the shadow of a curtain, a view of the early morning sky. From there we are taken on a journey, a search for meaning in the matrix of the modern world. Pictures of rough concrete and asphalt are juxtaposed with smooth sculptured marble, desert-like vistas sit alongside European-looking forests, and recurring symbols of spiritual devotion take us through a narrative of physical disorientation and personal exploration.

As we journey through these nonspecific spaces, there is a continual interplay between nature and man-made structures, artistic and religious motifs that reference a bygone age of Romantic self discovery, and people meditatively gazing into space, lost in the architectures of contemporary life.

Throughout the wandering journey we pass doors and stairs apparently leading to nowhere, visit historical artefacts of unknown origin, see Pagan rune stones sitting mystically on a table, and discover an unexplained yet striking scene of a rosary hung on a lonely fencepost, left in the fading light of the countryside. These photographs are regularly punctuated with images of the sky, a pictorial trope Kavanagh keeps coming back to. Ironically, this repetition grounds us in the real world; a familiar constant in a travelogue of uncertainty. We continue to look up, almost in wonder at the skies, a contemplative meditation across those miles of emptiness, into the ether, reminding us “if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” (from Beyond Good and Evil, by Friedrich Nietzsche)

- Guy Archard 2016

I hope to use this project to be the start of a much bigger project. I want to start an independent publishing organisation called Y-JUNCTION. This is the first book with Y-JUNCTION and will hopefully be the springboard for many more publications with great artist and writers.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge I foresee, once funds have been raised will be managing the quality and craft of the finished book. I hope to print and bind the book in Italy. I will attend all the stages of production to make sure it is of the best quality it can be.

Once publishing is complete my challenge will be distribution and promotion of the book to be. I’ll need to work with distributors and independent bookshops whilst trying to gain publicity and a presence at book fairs around the world such as the NY and LA Art Book Fairs, Paris Book Fair and Offprint London.

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    The Economy Package

    When you think you know where you are, send a postcard. A set of 5 postcards featuring lost photographs from the book.

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    The Tourist Package

    Get lost with the photographer. With this package, you will go on a group tour of nowhere with me, the photographer. The tour will be in the East London area. Catering will include a can of Red Stripe and a packet of dry roasted. Plus a signed copy of the book with your name listed in the book as a backer.

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