WE DID IT!!!
Everyone, I want to start with THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH!! 100% has been reached! This would have not been made possible without every single one of you. You shared it, talked about it, donated, and are as passionate about the book as I am, I am speechless!
This project means a lot to me, not only as it has given me an insight into self-sustainability, but because it is the foundation of my career as a photographer and my newly discovered passion for book-making.
What's next you may ask... well let me tell you:
I have sold 50/100 copies so far, I would love to sell at least 90 copies during the duration of the Kickstarter which ends the 9th of December. Therefore I will be pushing through as hard as I can to reach that new goal. And with that profit, I will be able to afford my first professional camera!
Please continue sharing the love and passion about 'Gatherers'
I am Jaime Molina, Colombian photographer graduated from Falmouth University in the UK. My deep passion resides with documentary photography, finding ways of exploring and communicating the spellbinding stories found in the natural world.
Raised on naturalist family values, the love for wildlife and wilderness runs through my blood and fuels my drive to invest everything in the expression of the natural world.
In my personal works, I explore the intricate relationship between humans and the natural world; a relationship that can be both volatile and beautiful.
How it Began.
'Gatherers' started as a study on self-sustainability within my local environment. Not knowing how to survive in the middle of nowhere is something stressful for some, however there is a few who can gather raw resources from wilderness to feed themselves in these situations.
Rather than going to another country and spending 2 weeks trying to capture a lot of things at once, I decided to spend a whole year exploring, learning and documenting different characters who have decided to complement their lifestyles by foraging within the county I have been calling home for over three years.
Cornwall has a diversity within itself, not only of landscapes but flavours. From the north coast to the south, you can find yourself in coastlines filled with seaweeds, mussels and crustaceans. Through the hedgerows, picking up berries as you go looking for the wild garlic and many other herbs. Deep in the woodlands, with mushrooms, nuts and the wood to create tools, coal and fire to keep you warm and cook these incredible flavours after a long day exploring the world at your doorstep.
‘Gatherers’ is a handmade photographic and recipe book which celebrates and shares the stories of the modern hunter-gatherer. Photographed in Cornwall, it captures different subjects throughout the diverse ecosystems the county has to offer, using a combination of film photography, typewritten and handwritten text.
To reflect the hands on approach of the subjects, the book is hand bound using rich textures and natural colours. It feels like something you would find in the basket of the gatherers themselves; it could just as easily be a field notebook with their own personal notes about the areas they explore and filled with reflections on the exquisite goods they forage. The materials of the book not only appeal to the eye, but also to the touch. The simple cover made out of hessian invites the reader to engage with the book long before they open the pages.
As a result of the fast growth of our society around material growth, we can too easily become detached from our connection to the resources we use. The immediate design generates curiosity for the natural world, an element that continues throughout the pages. Even while living in the big city and being distracted by the hectic pace of the metropolis, this book leads us back to those playful moments of outdoor exploration we lived throughout our childhood. The choice to include handwritten pieces from each gatherer featured in the book, passes the power back to the subjects in providing knowledge and experience to the reader. The presentation of each gatherer within the book gives us much more than a simple quote. By reading from their own handwriting we are introduced to each of their personalities; from the size, shape and spacing of the words. The combination of their own writing and the intensity of the portraits, creates a strong connection between the reader and the subject making us feel welcomed into their lives.
Along side the main book, I have also created a recipe book using the ingredients the foragers have gathered throughout the book, and have made it into a small A6 booklet, typed using an old 1960s imperial typewriter, and illustrated by local artist Emily Whelan and Alice O'Donnell. Each recipe uses the ingredient as the main character of the dish, from pestos to potato cakes, every recipe can be done in the comfort of the home or outside while camping. After learning about sustainability and seeing what the foragers gather it feels organic to add a guide on how to use some of these ingredients you can find in the wild.
In addition to re-connecting us with the natural world by engaging with the gatherers, it also emphasises the importance of sustainability, and challenges what it means to be sustainable. For the gatherers in the book, to be sustainable is to be aware of how the natural resources we use have been extracted and where they come from. For most of us this knowledge is limited by what we are told on a label, even in local produce. Instead, the gatherers in the book show how the concept of sustainability goes beyond a piece of paper, by making an effort to knowingly search and forage these resources for themselves. Always being conscious of how much and how to extract them without breaking the fragile balance of their local environment.
Why I Need You?
After finishing my degree in Marine & Natural History Photography, I have been re-evaluating my goals. I have fallen in love with film photography but do not own a camera to work with. I also grew passionate with the idea of creating a piece that will embody my many hours of work.
This is why I have decided to reproduce 100 copies of 'Gatherers' that will help me fund my career as a photographer and push me to start my path in the book-making world, mainly through books that explore the natural world and the effects humanity has over our surroundings. I have already started to learn the skill of book binding. This goal has been made easy by local bookmaker, Emily Juniper who has taken me under her wing as an apprentice, and has allowed me to explore a completely different and creative world. But even to produce 100 copies of the book would not be possible without your help.
I have decided to produce 90 copies that will be printed and partly bounded by a local printers, giving me the opportunity to learn and make the finishing touches to the books. Imprinting the title on both 'Gatherers' and the recipe book, binding recipe books and to make a front pocket to insert the recipes and the thank you cards. In addition, 10 copies will be made in collaboration with Emily Juniper, giving me the opportunity to make them 100% by hand.
I have made some decisions that would reduce the cost of the price down effectively and would keep the aspect of and quality of the book the same as the original copy.
- Purchasing the cloth for the cover. £11.08 per linear metre I would need a minimum of 13m to cover 100 books = £144.04
- Buying the inner covers of the book from a different supplier (Recycled beer hops paper).
Yellow SRA2 x60 = £63.30
White A3 x50 = £24.90
- Printing 100 (both 'Gatherers' and the recipe) using a local and small printers company = £800
- Paying the illustrators for their work within the recipe book = £175
- Final touches of 90 copies and hand make 10 copies ( this quote does not include my own time, only Emily's working time) = £500
- Packaging for a minimum of 100 copies = £68.50 (postage rate not included in price breakdown)
The cost price will be = £1,775.74
I have not included my own time researching, shooting, processing, design and working along side Emily to produce 100 copies.
You will be supporting my career as a photographer and book-maker by pre-ordering a copy of 'Gatherers'. Not only by helping me reproduce the book but by giving me the opportunity to be involved in the process of making it real. All the profit made will support the making of more copies of the book, and my photographic career.
I just want to say thank you for making it all theway to the end, and ask you one last favour... Please share my project as Kickstarter is an All-or-nothing funding! So every share will help reach my goal.
Risks and challenges
As the project has already been shot, and the dummy of the book has already been made. The biggest challenge and risk comes from getting all the funds needed to produce at least 100 copies of the book, given that the price of printing will become higher if the numbers go down.
Another challenge will come from my part, as I will be working alongside a professional book maker to create each and every single book that is pre-ordered.
This will be my first bookmaking project, and given the passion I have created for 'Gatherers' I am incredibly excited and confident that I will achieve the goal of funding and more importantly delivering the books at the highest quality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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