I first got involved with Nofit State Circus in 1995 when I blew up 2 cars for the finale of their show Autogeddon. I joined their board in 2002 and started taking photos of the shows shortly after that. I stayed on the board until 2015 and was involved in a variety of ways, including touring with some of the shows. Throughout all that time, and since, I have been taking photos of Nofit State. For several years I had been dreaming of publishing these photos as a book.
In 2015 Ali Williams (one of the founders of Nofit State) announced she was going to move on to new exciting things and leave Nofit State. I decided to make a book for her as a leaving present using my photos; capturing as many of the shows, communities, and people involved as possible – think of it as a Nofit State Circus family photo album. Although I realised this was going to be a serious amount of work, I still massively under estimated the amount of work it would take. I finished the book and called it ‘Let’s Do It Again’, it was great, but I realised that it was not the book I had been dreaming of.
This project is about that book; a coffee table book full of the wonder, passion and beauty of circus, suitable for all. A book that still covers all the shows but whose focus is the photography whilst still capturing the feel of those shows.
I have taken ‘Let’s do it Again’ as a prototype, edited it down significantly, increased the photo size and quality, added some new photos, changed the structure, included a little more text and looked at better print methods. The work on the book is mostly done.
To make this book a physical reality the next step is printing it. This kickstarter is to enable that to happen by taking pre-orders to cover the printing, design and delivery costs.
The book is called ‘In nofitstate’ and is for anyone who likes Nofit State, circus or photography. If you like all three then perfect.
‘In nofitstate’ will be
- 256 pages,
- 9.5” square,
- litho printed,
- hard back,
- section sewn binding
It contains over 230 photos dating from 2004 to 2017 and has sections covering community, the shows from immortal to block, backstage shots, and people.
Here are some draft spreads from 'In nofitstate'
Because I know some people will be interest I have included ‘Let’s do it Again’ in one of the rewards.
This ‘Let’s do it Again’ will be a slightly adjusted version of the book I created for Ali. It will be a very limited run with no more than 100 being created and they will only be available via the kickstarter.
‘Let’s do it Again’ will be
- approximately 100 pages,
- A3 landscape,
- digitally printed,
- hard back,
- PUR binding
It contains over 450 photos dating from 2004 to 2017 and has sections covering the tent shows, outdoor shows, theatre shows and community. Again it covers all the shows I took photos of from immortal to block.
These are mock ups of the prints so the white borders may change slightly in the actual prints
I worked hard to keep the postage as low as possible and wanted to give everybody a chance to get the book no matter where they are, but the size and weight of the book meant location made a significant difference.
Therefore pledge amounts do not include postage, which will be added by kickstarter based on location.
For a single book postage is
- UK £4.00
- Europe £13.00
- Rest of World £20.00
For two books postage is
- UK £9.00
- Europe £17.00
- Rest of World £20.00
For the 'In nofitstate' and 'Let's do it Again' reward postage is
- UK £10.00
- Europe £19.00
- Rest of World £22.00
If you are from further a field and have a plan for how we can get the book to you, such as someone traveling your way who would be happy to bring the book out to you, then use the collection only reward and let me know who will pick up the book for you. Also if you will be in Cardiff in the future and are happy to wait then I am happy to hold onto the book for you, again use the collection only option and let me know.
My plan is to
- Put the final touches to the book at the beginning of July
- Proof and get it ready for the printers by the end of July
- Send it to be printed at the beginning of August
- Have the printed book back at the beginning of September
- Have a book launch and exhibition on the 9th Sept tbc
- Deliver the rewards in September and October
This is my current plan, obviously things may change but I am pretty determined to stick to this plan.
This is a break down of the £8500 kickstarter total based on an estimated number of pre orders across the various rewards. The graphic represents the full £8500.
Risks and challenges
The challenge is that even though the book is all but complete the rest of the timeline is very tight and not entirely in my control.
So a risk is that it may slip. There is some space built in for a bit of slip but things happen.
If it does slip be assured I will be doing everything to bring it in on time, whatever happens I will keep you informed and if the kickstarter is successful you will get your reward.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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