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With your help I can publish a unique and beautiful book of my stereoscopic Natural History project 'Animal Kingdom'.
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Dear Kickstarter community, I am seeking your help to publish a unique and beautiful 3D stereoscopic book of my photographic project 'Animal Kingdom' to coincide with a series of public solo exhibitions beginning at the Horniman Museum in South London and Klompching Gallery in New York in October. Without your support, the book will not exist so any pledges you can make will be very gratefully received. All supporters will get their names printed in the book, and a VERY big thank you for bringing this book to life.

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Book Dummy

The exhibitions will be in public galleries and my hope is that the work will inspire people of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in natural history, the exquisite beauty of the animal kingdom, museum history and the magic of stereoscopy or early 3D technique. 

The book will be made up of five different specimen sections : Marine, Reptile, Avian, Primate and Mammal, with 50 images in total. A superb forward has already been written by Martin Barnes ( Senior Curator of Photography at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London ) that describes the work beautifully. ( You can read this on my website ) There is an excellent essay on the specimens themselves and their history by Ray Barnet ( Head of Collections at Bristol Museum ) and a wonderful and informative essay on the history of stereoscopy by Denis Pellerin ( from the London Stereoscopic Company ). Hoop Design will be publishing the book. They have created books for Tate publishing, The Barbican and National Gallery, to name a few, so the design, editorial and production standard will be of the highest quality.

Book Dummy with Stereo Viewer
Book Dummy with Stereo Viewer

The book will have an inbuilt stereoscopic viewer with lenses in the cover that will allow the images in the book to be seen in 3D. When you look through the viewer the images come to life and 'float' in front of you. The effect is quite spellbinding. Stereoscopy was invented in 1839 by Charles Wheatstone, to study and explain binocular vision. Having two eyes allows us to determine distance and depth, and stereoscopy demonstrates this by showing a left and right eye view from a slightly different angle, as we see things in day to day life. Look through the stereo viewer and you will see the specimen as a three-dimensional object, a beautiful illusion held in the mind.

I chose to photograph natural history specimens from museum store rooms across the UK  because of a lifelong fascination with natural history and a great love of animals and the animal kingdom. Most of these specimens are not available for the public to see. I'm hoping to therefore display and re animate historical specimens that have been studied by generations of zoologists from Darwin to the present day, and in doing so demonstrate an all-encompassing obsession with the magic of stereoscopy. I photographed the specimens in Oxford Museum of Natural History, The Grant Museum, The Horniman Museum, Bristol Museum, The Powell Cotton Collection and the Cole Museum, all in the UK. 

Thank you very much for reading, please spread the word !

Jim

Here are a few examples from the series :

Curlew - Bristol Museum
Curlew - Bristol Museum
Atlantic Octopus - Oxford Natural History Museum
Atlantic Octopus - Oxford Natural History Museum
Spider Monkey - Grant Museum
Spider Monkey - Grant Museum
Sea Dragon - Cole Museum of Zoology
Sea Dragon - Cole Museum of Zoology
Gibbon - Grant Museum
Gibbon - Grant Museum
Sheep - Bristol Museum
Sheep - Bristol Museum
Chameleons - Oxford Museum of Natural History
Chameleons - Oxford Museum of Natural History

Risks and challenges

Hoop Design has made countless books, and we have a very experienced team on board to bring the book to publication. I am confident that should we achieve funding we will be able to publish a lavish and well-executed book. The money I am hoping to raise will cover the printing and repro costs and the price of the stereoscopic book viewer.

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    A BIG THANK YOU

    A very big thank you for supporting the project. Your name will appear in the acknowledgments page in the Animal Kingdom book.

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    SIGNED BOOK

    A signed copy of my first book 'Re enactors' published by HotShoe in 2009. It comprises a series of portraits, tanks and battles made with WW1 and WW2 military re enactors in the UK. The book won several awards and accompanied exhibitions including a solo show at the Imperial War Museum in London. ( This book is now £ 50 or more on Amazon )

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    A signed copy of 'Animal Kingdom' book. Your name on the acknowledgements page. ( The book will retail for £ 40 in the shops so a good saving here ! )

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    Personal stereoscopic portrait ( photographed in my studio ) or subject of your choice, 58 x 45.5 cm print and stereoscopic viewer.

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    Limited edition 58 x 45.5 cm Spider Monkey print ( from an edition of 3 ) and handmade cherry wood mirror stereoscope, and a signed book.

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    A set of 5 prints ( 58 x 45.5 cm limited edition ) ( Spider Monkey, Atlantic Octopus, Curlew, Sheep, Sea Dragaon ) , and mirror stereoscope with bespoke case, easel and portfolio case, and a signed book.

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