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A photo book that is a photographic record of NoFit State Circus from 2004 to 2017 by Mark Robson
A photo book that is a photographic record of NoFit State Circus from 2004 to 2017 by Mark Robson
189 backers pledged £8,790 to help bring this project to life.

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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

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'

Draft spread - Immortal
Draft spread - Immortal

 

Draft spread - Barricade
Draft spread - Barricade

 

Draft spread - Noodles
Draft spread - Noodles

 

Draft spread - Bianco
Draft spread - Bianco

 

Draft spread - Open House
Draft spread - Open House

 

Draft spread - Block
Draft spread - Block

 

Other Rewards

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. 

The original 'Let's do it Again'
The original 'Let's do it Again'

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.

Spread from the original 'Let's do it Again'
Spread from the original 'Let's do it Again'

  

Spread from the original 'Let's do it Again'
Spread from the original 'Let's do it Again'

  

Spread from the original 'Let's do it Again'
Spread from the original 'Let's do it Again'

     

Desktop Options

Desktop Reward  option no. 1
Desktop Reward option no. 1

 

Desktop Reward  option no. 2
Desktop Reward option no. 2

 

Desktop Reward  option no. 3
Desktop Reward option no. 3

Prints

Reward: Print No.1 (12" x 18")
Reward: Print No.1 (12" x 18")

 

Reward: Print No.2  (18" x 12")
Reward: Print No.2 (18" x 12")

 

Reward: Print No.3  (12" x 18")
Reward: Print No.3 (12" x 18")

 

Reward: Print No.4  (12" x 18")
Reward: Print No.4 (12" x 18")

 

Reward: Print No.5    (12" x 12")
Reward: Print No.5 (12" x 12")

 

Reward: Print No.6    (12" x 12")
Reward: Print No.6 (12" x 12")

These are mock ups of the prints so the white borders may change slightly in the actual prints

Postage

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. 

The Schedule

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.

The Budget

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.

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    Desktop Background

    I will email you your choice of one of three HD (1920 x1080) photos for your computer background

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    Early Bird!

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    For collection only: The Book

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    'In nofitstate' and 'Let's do it Again'

    A limited edition copy of 'Let's do it Again'
    (A version of the book I made for Ali.)
    There will only be a maximum of 100 of these produced and they will only be available via the kickstarter.

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    Print no.1 plus 'In nofitstate'

    A limited edition of 10, numbered and sign print (12" x 18")

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    Evening with Mark taking photos in UK

    An evening out taking photographs with me, seeing what I do and how I get the shots I am after.

    plus a hand delivered copy of the book 'In nofitstate'

    So that we are free to talk about what we are doing this will most likely not involve a circus show.

    We will work out where and when will work best for the 2 of us and agree a date and location. It is very unlikely that this will be before October, but I will do my utmost to do the date that works best for you.

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    Half day photography session in UK

    I will come and do a half day session taking photos of you, your event or show in the UK

    plus a hand delivered copy of the book 'In nofitstate'

    The what, when and where will be worked out following the campaign. I will do my utmost to make a time and place that works best for you but specific dates cannot be guaranteed. If you do have specific dates in mind please get in touch before taking this reward.

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    A Photography Session

    I will come and do a session taking photos of you, your event or show anywhere in the world.

    plus a hand delivered copy of the book 'In nofitstate'

    Travel costs will need to be agreed separately. So please contact me before choosing this reward.

    Again the what, when and where will be worked out when we talk to each other. I will do my utmost to make a time and place that works best for you but specific dates cannot be guaranteed.

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