My name is Ryu Voelkel and I am a freelance sports photographer based in Berlin. I have been shooting sports professionally for 9 years and in particular, football.
In just over a month the World Cup begins and it's in Brazil, giving me an opportunity to do something special: to make a book that let's me show you the World Cup in my own way. With your help, I will be able to tell a story of football in Brazil that you will not see anywhere else.
As an accredited photographer, I will be flying to Brazil to cover 21 World Cup matches from June 12th to July 13th. Rooney, Ronaldo, Messi, Balotelli, Özil, Iniesta, Hazard, Honda, Robben, Ribery, Falcao, Vidal, Suarez, the Tourés and many other great players will be making an appearance in this book.
Those who are aware of my work on football know what you can expect from this book. It will focus more on the aesthetics and atmosphere of the game than anything else.
When I decided to make a book, I wanted it to be of the highest quality. Something that will look beautiful on your coffee table and once you open the pages, your heart rate goes up and you can't stop grinning. This means:
- Quality - 100+ pages, 80+ photos printed on 135 GSM white matte wood-free paper printed by H. Heenemann.
- Design - Feint Creative (cover design) & Ronald Weller (layout).
- Delivered - to you by Christmas 2014.
To make it a bit more special...
I will be shooting the tournament with Aerochrome film. With this kind of film, green becomes PINK. Expect some of these photos to make an appearance in the book. If a roll of this film didn’t cost £40, I’d be shooting the entire World Cup with it! For an explanation of how this works read here.
WHY AM I DOING THIS?
Because the sports pictures you see on the web, magazines, and newspapers are just giving you the facts. Who won. Who lost. Who scored. Who was sent off. But there are so many moments between the extreme highs and lows of the match that are more compelling, memorable and beautiful. This is what my work is all about and why I believe I have a worthwhile story to tell.
This is the beautiful game. Please give me this opportunity to shoot it beautifully.
Enjoy your World Cup.
Video by Jim Elson.
Risks and challenges
Title of the book: it's yet to be named. "RYU X RIO" is just the working title.
Shipping: we have given ourselves leeway with our projected shipping date of December 2014. If there is any problem, I will most definitely let you know.
Aerochrome film: the film is slightly unpredictable in how it behaves. I will be taking 15 rolls with me and that will give me approximately 180 shots for the month. I will take the utmost care in transporting and developing the film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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