I am pleased to offer you the opportunity to participate in the publication of my first photography book, The Condition.
The 28 images in this body of work explore a quiet sense of solitude through looking at the way we interact with wildlife, the environment and each other. The series illuminates common yet alien settings as lonely, contemplative places.
Having never formally studied art, I attempt not to over-complicate my process. I shoot 35mm film and transparencies, then scan and print the images with minimal alteration. All work is untitled, undated and is non-location-specific as I want to allow people to interact with the images in their own space with no preconceived notions as to what it is they are seeing.
As a result, this approach to image making, editing, printing and sequencing is very considered and methodical. I wanted to ensure that the same approach was adhered to in creating the book, as detailed in the above video.
While the images have been widely exhibited throughout the United States over the past five years, I always felt that they could be best displayed in a stand-alone publication. However, I wanted to create a book that was not only a piece of art unto itself but also a representation of the idea behind the series.
A tactile experience in producing and interacting with the book was therefore central to how it needed to be designed. As a result, a unique style and page format was created in conjunction with bookbinder, Woody Leslie, utilizing a four foot piece of photography paper, such that the one-sided exhibition quality paper could be utilized, without using any adhesives.
Each book will be individually printed, cut and sewn into an open-spine publication and presented in a hand made cloth-covered slipcase. Once all materials are collated, each book will take Woody at least 10 hours to bind.
The choice to create something so detailed is also, as you would expect, expensive, which is why I need your support.
Any amount that you can contribute will greatly assist me in realizing my goal of creating this book and I have come up with a range of contribution levels and applicable rewards that I hope you find to be worthwhile.
If you would like to look at the images in this series, read Laurence Paverd's introduction, see my other work or to get any additional information about my art please visit www.zevjonas.com and more information about Woody’s books can be found at www.onepageproductions.com.
Thank you in advance for participating.
Risks and challenges
Over six months has been spent developing this project and many iterations of the page and book format, design and style have been tested and bound. As a result there is a great deal of confidence in the production process. The challenge will be in creating all of the books in sequence as the expectation is to produce a maximum of one book per day.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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