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A photobook about confronting depression by documenting the beauty, darkness, and absurdity of everyday life, published by Yoffy Press.
A photobook about confronting depression by documenting the beauty, darkness, and absurdity of everyday life, published by Yoffy Press.
A photobook about confronting depression by documenting the beauty, darkness, and absurdity of everyday life, published by Yoffy Press.
196 backers pledged $13,365 to help bring this project to life.

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Barnard, VT, 2016
Barnard, VT, 2016

What is Too Tired for Sunshine? 

1. the experience of feeling so melancholy that not even a sunny day can raise your spirits. "Dorothea wanted to enjoy the crisp winter afternoon, but she was simply too tired for sunshine." 

2. a fine art photobook by Tara Wray, hardcover, 140 pages, approximately 80 color images, 7x9, to be published by Yoffy Press, March 2018.

Ok, So What's the Book About? 

Too Tired For Sunshine is a collection of photographs made largely in Vermont, beginning in 2011. Centered on rural landscapes, animals, and strangers, these deeply personal images reflect my state of mind during a period spent battling depression. 

Drawn from daily life and wanderings, the photographs in this work focus on unsettling subjects - backyard slaughterhouses, melancholic dogs, disrepair in various forms - as well as depictions of isolation in people, animals, and objects. Often I find myself photographing subjects that appear drastically out of place, seemingly devoid of context. 

Making photographs and sharing them allows me to get outside of my head and connect more fully with the world around me. I hope this work will inspire others to discover a sense of unreality in their own world.

Burlington, VT, 2016
Burlington, VT, 2016

How Will My Donation be Spent?

The money raised from this campaign will be used to produce an initial print run of 350 copies (with a stretch goal of 500) as a high quality, offset-printed, 7x9 inch, hardcover monograph made up of approximately 80 color photographs. Your donation will go towards the physical production of the book and producing the rewards.

While the Kickstarter goal is set at $12,000, we have some extra special design tricks up our sleeves. In order for us to realize our full (and totally rad) vision for this book, we need to raise $15,000. We hope you will help us reach not just our minimum goal but our stretch goal as well. It will be worth it. Promise.

Why Kickstarter?

The costs of producing high quality, limited print-run photography books are significantly high. Publishers often work together with artists to find ways to fund their books, hence here we are on Kickstarter! By pre-ordering a copy, making a contribution to the campaign, and spreading the word, you will help us reach our goal of bringing you this beautiful hardcover book.

Quechee, VT #2, 2016
Quechee, VT #2, 2016

 

West Lebanon, NH, 2014
West Lebanon, NH, 2014

 

Claremont, NH, 2012
Claremont, NH, 2012

 

White River Junction, VT, 2016
White River Junction, VT, 2016

 

Pomfret, VT, 2012
Pomfret, VT, 2012

A Note From the Publisher

We all experience and feel things differently. Some people take life in stride, staying even-keel, absorbing the good and the bad and moving forward at a steady clip. Others feel life wash over them in waves of emotion, with every sensory nerve on high alert, a floodgate waiting for a sign. While the first seems like a lovely way to move through the world, I am thankful every day for the second. Art would be pretty bland without some pathos and the creativity that complicated emotions inspire.

Too Tired for Sunshine puts a fine point on channeling the darkness into creative expression. We are both witnessing the process and experiencing the result. Tara Wray takes us on a visual and emotional journey with disarming humor that lets us lean in to the sadness a bit.

Yoffy Press is grateful to be associated with this project and thrilled to publish it. Kickstarter is allowing us to reach a wider audience and build community around this powerful work, while also raising the money needed to include the unique, experiential design elements that will elevate the book to a distinct art object.

-Jennifer Yoffy

Praise for Tara's Previous Work

"There is nothing more powerful in the arts than the expression of vulnerability. But there is also nothing more challenging for an artist than finding an eloquent way to express this vulnerability. In fear of being maudlin or downright dreary, many artists choose to look away. But in her films, photographs and writing, Tara Wray has consistently looked vulnerability in the eye. With Come Again, Tara Wray perfectly balances humor, pathos and tenderness in her exploration of the sensitive topic of aging and loneliness. There are few artist’s books I can think of that manage to be as simultaneously entertaining and heart-wrenching..."

- Alec Soth on Tara Wray's first book Come Again When You Can't Stay So Long

Selected Accolades for Come Again When You Can't Stay So Long

  • Featured on LENSCRATCH, Aint-Bad, and STRANT 
  • Griffin Museum of Photography, 8th annual photobook exhibition, 2018 
  • Fall Line Fifty, juried selection of self-published art books, 2017 
  • 2nd Juried Photobook Exhibition, Vermont Center for Photography, 2017 
  • Best Books of 2014 by FlakPhoto 
  • Dartmouth College 2014, Book Arts Prize honorable mention 
  • INFOCUS juried selection of photobooks, Phoenix Art Museum, 2014 
  • Permanent collections of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University & the Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame

Rewards for Too Tired For Sunshine

  • PLEDGE $25

Receive a signed postcard featuring an image of one of my favorite dogs in cars, as well as acknowledgment in the book for your generous donation.

  • PLEDGE $50 

Receive a 1st Edition copy of Too Tired for Sunshine, as well as acknowledgment in the book for your generous donation.

  • PLEDGE $60 

Receive a signed 1st Edition copy of Too Tired for Sunshine, as well as acknowledgment in the book for your generous donation.

  • PLEDGE $100 

Very Special Kickstarter Only Doodle Version! Receive a signed 1st Edition copy of Too Tired for Sunshine, which will be personalized with your name and doodles by Tara on the title page, as well as acknowledgment in the book for your generous donation.

  • PLEDGE $175

Tara will shoot an entire roll of film with a disposable camera and then mail you the camera. You'll receive a one-of-a-kind roll of film and be the sole owner of the work. You'll also get a signed 1st Edition copy of Too Tired for Sunshine, as well as acknowledgment in the book for your generous donation.

Print Rewards

Step one: Pick any image you like from those pictured below.

Step two: Pick which size you'd like: 8x10, 11x14, or 16x20. 

Step three: Make your pledge.

  • $150 for an 8x10
  • $350 for an 11x14
  • $500 for a 16x20

Step four: Get your reward. Each signed and numbered print comes in a Kickstarter only edition of 10 (except the 16x20, which comes in an edition of 5), and includes a signed 1st edition copy of Too Tired for Sunshine, as well as acknowledgment in the book for your generous donation.

  • PLEDGE $850

Collector's Choice Print Package! Choose any 3 images and receive an 11x14 limited-edition photograph of each, signed and numbered, a signed 1st Edition copy of Too Tired for Sunshine, as well as acknowledgment in the book for your generous donation.

Choose from the following:

Barnard, VT, 2016
Barnard, VT, 2016

 

Rutland, VT, 2011
Rutland, VT, 2011

 

Barnard, VT, 2013
Barnard, VT, 2013

 

Quechee, VT, 2016
Quechee, VT, 2016

 

Bethel, VT, 2016
Bethel, VT, 2016

 

Pomfret, VT, 2013
Pomfret, VT, 2013

More Rewards

  • PLEDGE $1000

Receive a one-of-a-kind signed clay sculpture of the book made to scale by photographer and potter Carrie Thompson, a signed 1st Edition copy of Too Tired for Sunshine, as well as acknowledgment in the book for your generous donation.

  • PLEDGE $2500

Become a patron of the arts! Receive a portfolio of 12 signed 11x14 photographs on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Paper from Too Tired for Sunshine, signed and numbered in an edition of 1 and packaged in a handsome portfolio folder custom-made just for this Kickstarter initiative; a signed 1st edition copy of the book, as well as acknowledgment for your generous donation.

Project Participants 

Tara Wray (born Manhattan, Kansas, 1978) lives and works in rural Vermont. A graduate of New York University, she is the director of the documentary films Manhattan, Kansas (SXSW 2006 Audience Award), about family relationships and mental illness, and Cartoon College (Vancouver Film Festival, 2012), about the weird and wonderful world of indie cartoonists. She curates interviews with photographers at Vice, Huffington Post, and BUST Magazine, where she focuses on highlighting women in photography. In addition, she curates Some Days Just Are, a collaborative photo series where time dictates narrative, and she’s photo editor for the literary journal Hobart. Wray's self-published photobooks include Each One Wonderful, (2013) about New York City dogs, and Come Again When You Can’t Stay So Long, (2014) a follow-up to her film Manhattan, Kansas

Yoffy Press is an independent publisher dedicated to pushing the boundaries of photobook publishing, and is helmed by Jennifer Yoffy. Jennifer's past projects include creating/directing Crusade for Art, a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage new audiences with art. Jennifer owned a fine art photography gallery in Atlanta (Jennifer Schwartz Gallery) for five years, and she co-founded Flash Powder Projects, a photographer-focused collaborative venture and publishing company. In the spring of 2013, she traveled around the country in a 1977 VW bus, engaging audiences with photography. Her book, Crusade for Your Art: Best Practices for Fine Art Photographers was published in March 2014, and the follow-up book, Crusade for Your Audience: Finding and Cultivating Art Collectors, was published this year. 

Hartland, VT, 2015
Hartland, VT, 2015

 

Nantucket, MA, 2014
Nantucket, MA, 2014

 

Pomfret, VT #2, 2012
Pomfret, VT #2, 2012

(Music courtesy of Audionetwork.)

Risks and challenges

Production costs represent the biggest challenge to photo book publishers and photographers. All of the work for Too Tired For Sunshine has been created, along with the interior layout and design. Working together with Yoffy Press, which has significant experience in the production of photobooks, we will publish this book by March 2018.

After pledging your support, please help to spread the word about this project by sharing this link with your contacts.

And thank you very much!

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