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Leanne SurfleetBy Leanne Surfleet
First created
Leanne SurfleetBy Leanne Surfleet
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£577
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, September 16 2018 10:11 PM UTC +00:00.

About

'10 Years'

This will be my first book. As you can see from the title, this is 10 years worth of work; 10 years of searching, documenting, feeling & exposing my true self. With your help this book of almost 100 self-portraits could become a reality.

Self-Portrait, 2017
Self-Portrait, 2017


My work & practice

My journey is of a personal nature, my work explores themes of loneliness, nostalgia, anxiety & light.

My main photographic focus is self-portraiture, starting out simply through curiosity. Capturing self-portraits has become a major part of my life & work, it has enabled me to overcome anxiety and fears over life & mortality. Using the photographic practice as a calming mechanism, and a form of escapism.

I work predominantly with analog and instant cameras. The process involves me in every stage of development making the work deeply personal. The aesthetic of shooting film plays a major part within my work, exploiting the use of soft focus, colour casts, as well as the apparent dust and scratches that appear on the negatives. These are all a part of the process and a part of the documentation of my identity, and my surroundings.

Self-Portrait, 2016
Self-Portrait, 2016

Anxiety & I

When I was fifteen I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a heavy thing to deal with at an already weird and wonderful age. Growing up from here and into my mid twenties I developed quite an intense anxiety over my health and began thinking about death daily and diagnosing myself with everything at the sight of any pain or weird feeling in my body. I took my time but eventually realised I had to deal with this very real fact and that it actually wasn't as bad as my mind had me believe to begin with.

The only thing that really helped me deal with all of this was photography and turning the camera on to myself. I felt better for documenting my existence, even if it was the most mundane things and I had nothing to say, I was there, I am here and I have evidence. The thought that these images and negatives will survive and exist (hopefully) after I'm gone gives me a slight sense of relief & a feeling that I can live on through this medium.

Sleep Anxiety, 2016
Sleep Anxiety, 2016


The book

The book will be a selection of almost 100 self-portraits, dating from 2008-2018. It will be printed in offset and have that lovely new book smell.

  • 118 pages
  • 16x20cm
  • 150gsm uncoated paper
  • Printed in offset lithograph
  • Signed and numbered
  • First edition of 200
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Preview of content / layout
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Preview of content / layout

Thank you

I want to thank you in advance for just being interested in this project. And thank you from the bottom of my heart if you choose to support and pledge towards getting this printed and being a real and tangible thing for me to share with you.

Self-Portrait, 2010
Self-Portrait, 2010

Risks and challenges

The book is already designed by myself and awaiting to go to the printers. There is little risk with this project, other than maybe printing times, but I have set a realistic dealine of October / November 2018 for the book to be printed and distributed / ready for sale.

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