I am pleased to offer you the opportunity to pre-order discounted and signed copies of my two new LARRIKIN series books, with the option of having your name published in the book as a contributor.
Both books have already been photographed and edited, and the book layouts are almost complete and ready to be sent to my printer in Italy for proofing, then printing and shipping.
For those familiar with my previous Larrikins, these will be the same in production style and look. Each will be a large format, dust-jacketed, hardcover coffee table book, 13x10x1” (33x26x2.5cm) in size, with around 180 art-quality, matt-coated pages filled with my male nude and portrait photographs.
I have an established track record of self-publishing popular and well-received books, having now produced sixteen similar large format collections of my work, (the last four having been funded through two previous Kickstarter campaigns), and distributed them across the world. I will deliver both these new books within four months of this, my third Kickstarter.
The continuation of my photography and book publishing has become more reliant on your wonderful support here. Kickstarters fund expensive production, printing and shipping costs at the same time as allowing you, my book collector, an opportunity to be a credited part of the publishing process. It also enables me to engage with you. Together we are keeping this unique and bespoke art-form of the male nude, and our freedom of speech and expression, alive.
ABOUT THE BOOKS
The two poems I have written, which accompany the video's selection of photos from the books, along with the music, will convey more of the thematic spirit of the books than anything I could describe here.
Larrikin* Americana has a strong American theme and settings. It is full of nostalgia around men and the automobile-I was going to call it Americarna, but then thought that looked awkward as a word. In my travels across America, I was able to find some stunning locations and props which lent themselves to an evocative visual journey celebrating masculine beauty and some gorgeous rustic relics of the motoring past.
Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know I've been testing cover options. Thank you to the many of you who offered constructive feedback. The decision is never easy but I went with the majority vote on this one.
Larrikin Outsiders was going to be called Larrikin Australiana to match the title of Americana, but although they are shot in Australia, the photos are more personal than that name would have suggested. There was one trip to a horse ranch in Queensland which produced enduring friendships and a wonderful collaboration in stifling heat, and another to the countryside of northern New South Wales last summer, where I got to reconnect with two men I'd photographed several years ago. It's on trips like these, and the ones in America too, I get the privilege of working with extraordinary and free-thinking men, from all walks of life. For this reason I am inspired, not only to capture and eulogise their physical beauty, but something of their inner spirit and independence too. Whether that comes across is for you to decide. In any case, Outsiders as a title conveys something of the uniqueness of the men and the process, which is outside the bounds and norms of the everyday. Plus much of the book portrays the men revelling in the outdoors!
The cover choice, again, after discussing options with many of you on Instagram, was made based on a majority vote.
(*I explain the colloquial Australian meaning of Larrikin at length in an introduction in my first Larrikin book, and also on my website blog , and how, in so many ways, it conveys my male aesthetic, since it basically refers to a man of free spirit, a bit rebellious or 'cheeky' and questioning of standards and mores.)
ABOUT THE REWARDS
Each reward offers one or both of the books, signed or unsigned, and the opportunity for all backers to have your name printed in the books as contributors to their publication. (You will be asked whether you wish to partake of this offer when a survey is sent out at the end of the Kickstarter. You will also be asked for you address details and any other reward details at that time.)
The special edition slipcase is new to the Sponsor and Patron rewards. Signed and numbered copies will be presented inside a hard cover box which will be printed with a photograph, (front and back), from each book. (See below.)
The Sponsor and Patron reward's special edition 12x10'" print, to be enclosed in Larrikin Americana, will be chosen by a majority vote of sponsors and patrons in the survey sent at the end of the Kickstarter. I will be posting the options in a Kickstarter update soon.
Sponsors and Patrons have the option to order and receive up to four additional books, as gifts for friends, with their reward, at a special price. These may be of either title, and can be ordered when the Kickstarter is completed. This option, too, will be presented in the survey form, and you will be contacted by email. Extra postage may need to be charged.
The Patron reward's signed 16x20" print can be chosen from either book. I will send out a request for your choice, soon after books are delivered..
Risks and challenges
I have been self publishing for many years, nurturing book projects from the concept and creation, the photography, post production and design, through to printing , shipping and distribution to book stores, and to you directly.
As I have mentioned above, both books have been photographed and the design and layout is in the final stages.
Sometimes there are delays in shipping or in customs and other transport , that are out of my control, but typically from this point, the proofing, printing, shipping and postage to you will take approximately four months, so that you will receive the books in August.
- (22 days)