What's it all about?
For those who don’t know The Heavy Collective is an Australian online photography publication, we deal in photographs and the people behind them. In addition we co-run Press Books, Sydney's only photobook store, needless to say we get a sweat on for printed matter.
Its been four years and we are going in harder than ever. Unfortunately we have hit a dead end with our digs and desperately need to renovate. The more this thing gathers steam the more we see how ill-equipped we are to do justice to the content and opportunities thrown our way daily. We know it's hard for you to get behind funding a website, trust us, it's even harder pitching it to you. But what it means is that we can truly be what we have always envisioned; a real website, a real collective, a real deal.
We have gathered incredible momentum over the years and our own home has us in a stranglehold. Simply put, our tumblr is broken. As Tumblr changes our code works less and less, so we thought rather than patch a leaky boat we'd just get a new one. Out with the old in with the new. Its a brave new world, get behind it.
What's the problem?
- Our current home is a tumblr, we need a WEBSITE.
- Coding has become a real drag, every time Tumblr updates it's platform it strays further from our code. It's harder to keep up appearances as it outdates.
- Image justice. We deal in photographs, they look weak at 500 pixels.
- As the Collective explores new territory, we have nowhere to put our new discoveries.
At its core, The Heavy Collective is collaborative, the "blog" format doesn't allow us to play with our friends.
- The new site will be able to house more and varied content, that doesn't disappear in the scroll. Making it easier to show off our friends.
- A photography classifieds/calendar/promotions page, holding true to our philosophy of promoting photographers and their work.
- Online store: A curated collection of printed matter updated monthly
- Quarterly: Brand new submission based publication, available as an ebook and in print.
- New cast of International contributors, proper collaboration to make it a proper collective
Over the years we have thrown a lot of money at The Heavy Collective and it don’t make a dime, its a labour of love. We want to continue to provide a platform to promote and champion contemporary photography and all the good stuff that goes with it, funding our new website means you are securing our future. The Heavy Collective is here to stay.
Print Sale - Donated limited edition prints.
All images copyright of the photographers. Video features: Alex Fakso, Andrew Cohen, Andrew Miksys, Antoine Bruy, Bryan Schutmaat, Burk Uzzle, Charlie Engman, Daniel Kukla, Eamon Mac Mahon, Emma Phillips, Emmanuel Angelicas, Erik Schubert, Gina Nero, Harry Griffin & Eva O'leary, Isabelle Pateer, Jesse Freeman, Jiehao Su, Jo Ann Walters, Joe Leavenworth, Johan Wilner, John Sypal, Juan Madrid, Kanoa zimmerman, Kate Peters, Khalik Allah, Lee Grant, Lloyd Stubber, Lucas Foglia, Lukasz Wierzbowski, Marek Wykowski, Mark Lanning Jr, Mark Steinmetz, Michael Jang, Michal Chelbin, Missy Prince, Nathanael Turner, Osamu Yokonami, Paul D'Amato, Peter Baker, Peter Hoffman, Renato D'agostin, Rennie Ellis, Ricky Adam, Roger Minick, Ryan Cookson, Ryan Florig, Scot Sothern, Sean Fennessy, Shinya Arimoto, Simon Davidson, Stacy Kranitz, Stephan Wurth, Stephen Shames, Stuart Griffiths, Tim Page, Todd Gross, Vasantha Yogananthan and Zhang Xiao.
Music direction - James McComb.
Risks and challenges
Our longtime friend and ace web designer Sten Pittet, will be in charge of the bricks and mortar to make the code sing. Living with the builder is a major plus as it allows us to look over the shoulder, edit quickly and roll out our new digs faster. Much of the design is already completed, ready to go as soon as it's funded.
All of the content for Heavy Vol. 1 has already been produced, sequenced and designed. The printing and production will be done in Hong Kong with a printing house who have a long standing history of sterling photographic publications. We are in contact and ready to go to print as soon as the Kickstarter closes. Our Long sleeve T-shirt and Tote bags will be a second run printing, we will be screen printing on high quality 100% percent heavy duty cotton shirts using a local screen printer who specialises in small run orders.
From our side we've got this in the bag, help make it truth.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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