I am happy to offer you the opportunity to order discounted and signed copies of the first two books of my new LARRIKIN series.
This will enable me to self-publish both books in the next six months, the first to be delivered at the end of this year, and the second by next March.
The first book is actually already at my printers in Italy, and the second is being laid out as we speak.
For those familiar with my books, they will be similar in style and look to my recent books. Each will be a quality, dust-jacketed, hardcover, coffee table book, 13x10x1” (33x25.5x2.5cm ) in size, with 180 art quality, matt-coated pages of my male nudes and portraits inside.
I am happy to say that because of an appreciative following by you all, I have an established track record of self-publishing popular and well-received books, having produced and distributed,worldwide, twelve similar large format collections of my work since 2004.
Since I began producing my books, the publishing world has been going through its biggest revolution since the invention of the printing press. This has particularly effected the publishing of my books, since they contain what is still considered, in most countries, a controversial subject, the fully naked male. Even in free societies, liberal books stores have closed in large numbers and sales of books rely more and more on online marketing and shopping. Meanwhile, as the real world becomes restrictive, so much content is made available to people on the internet, free of charge, often through disregard for artist copyright.
Within this new paradigm, it has become more important for me to reach out to everyone online as a way of sustaining my art and of continuing to produce and publish it in a form that is of collectable quality, still affordable, and presents the work in a coherent and respectful way.
About The Books
In the two years since my last book, Outback Dusk, was released, I have continued shooting, travelling to some great locations, which is why I find I have a large library of new work. I have divided some of this into these two new photographic collections.
The titles in this new series will include the word larrikin, a term that is probably only familiar to Australians. I explain the word in an introduction in the first book, and how it in so many ways conveys my male aesthetic, since it basically refers to a man of free spirit, a bit rebellious and questioning of standards and mores. The introduction, which I hope you will find interesting, also explores the origins of this aesthetic, my childhood and early loves and influences.
The first book, titled simply Larrikin, could have been called Outback Larrikin, since it has been photographed in diverse, largely outdoor and rural locations, on vast farming plains, amongst fertile hills and rocky mountains, and along slow winding rivers and bubbling desert streams.
.The second, Larrikin Yakka, is photographed in several countries in Europe, North America and Australia. The word yakka is another Australian word, meaning hard work. Larrikin Yakka is a photo essay on the manual worker, or blue collar man. It expands upon the themes of my earlier book Bondi Work, but is much more varied and rural, and includes a strong Classical flavour, particularly a series shot on location in Italy. This book represents a determination to expand my repertoire of international locations.
About My Work
Those of you who have collected my work from the beginning will know that my work has evolved and matured in many ways over the years as I have become more confident of my own photographic voice. In the beginning I sought to emulate those masters of photography whose work inspired or moved me emotionally as well as visually. I was careful and reverential as I re-interpreted and imbued my work with something of my own. Slowly over time I grew confident about expressing what was intrinsic to me, and learned to trust my own instincts and to explore those much more.
The world in general is very censorious when it comes to the male nude. Rapid change and globalisation, from my perspective at least, is often regressive rather than progressive. For all the faults you may perceive of our societies, the liberal democracies, there has never been a safer place to explore our personal freedoms and we should cherish and be prepared to defend them. In some ways I feel as though I’m on the front line of change, being challenged and pushed at every turn.I think it’s more important than ever to hold onto the precious liberal values such as freedom of speech and freedom of expression.
I feel personally my work has a political statement attached, a kind of defiance and insistence about the place the male nude should have in mainstream art, but which is continually, and more so today, being denied it. We as humans revere and cherish beauty in all other things.
By embracing this art form, we ensure a greater maturation of our civilisation, and a victory for feminism against patriarchal controls in their various guises. We are in danger of falling back into a world in which heterosexual males dominate and command females and their sensuality. This has implications for all of us and the way we live.
My work is not just for gay men but for women and for all who appreciate the natural beauty of the human form. I don’t make my work strongly sexual one way of the other but make it personal and at the same time part of a universal story.
Risks and challenges
I have been self publishing for many years, nurturing a book project from the creative production, the photography, post production and design, through to printing , shipping and distribution to book stores, and to you directly.
As I have mentioned above, the first book is at the printers, and nearly ready to ship. The creative has been completed on the second book and it will be heading to the printers by the end of this campaign.
The only risk or challenge is getting the first LARRIKIN to you in time for the holiday season. Sometimes there are delays in shipping or in customs and other transport at the busy time of year, that are out of my control. For this reason I am having printed a special large Holiday Season card, which will be a hand signed thank you and confirmation of your book order, to be mailed immediately to you at the end of this campaign. This card can be inserted into your book when it arrives, and can also serve as a gift voucher if you are buying copies of the book for friends, in the event the book postage is delayed.
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