Most photography books are arty and poignant. I'm making one to make you laugh, cringe and boggle in equal measures.
I Drink Lead Paint.
It's just too hard to resist that zingly sensation you get in your elbows when you quaff a particularly fine "Apricot Blossom" gloss from 1972. Let's not even talk about the marvels of the 1968 "Vibrant Violet" emulsion... last time I had a sip of that my dreams smelt of lemons for 15 months. It's only now that my toenails have stopped singing Elvis songs.
Anyway... I digress. I'm Mr. Flibble. For 2 long years I took a photo every single day of my somewhat peculiar antics. 730 days straight. A bizarre undertaking that took a good 2-5 hours out of each day to lovingly create an image and associated story. All this whilst holding down a normal day job.
I built a strong Flickr following and garnered many humbling comments over that time. I was frequently asked many things, like: "What goes on inside your head?" "How did you do that?" "Are you ok?" "When are you going to write a book?" "Who's your dentist?"
Heartened by the support of thousands and with well over a million views of my photos, I set about realising my ambition to create an especially lovely book, filled with absurdity, intrigue, humour and oddity. A book you'll love. A book you'll want to take out for a romantic dinner or for long loving strolls along a picturesque valley in dense fog.
But my initial investigations hit a stumbling block. If I was going to interest people other than my mum, I'd need to do so at a quality and price that wouldn't just be for the most ardent or clinically deranged fans of my work. It couldn't just be for rich people prepared to pay the prices set by on-line self-publishing sites.
Speaking to real printers was both brilliant and daunting. I was convinced they could realise my dreams of a splendidly splendid litho-printed chunk of lovely, but I'd need to order a whole heap of them to get them at any kind of affordable cost per copy.
That's where I'm hoping you guys can help me to hit their minimum order quantity of 500 books, and trigger affordable insanity for all. The book I have quoted is 23.7 x 33cm in size, about 100 pages or so in length and is on high quality 150gsm stock paper. It's perfect bound and lovely.
Unless Kickstarter goes crazy-mental and I get 17.2 bazillionty people pledgling support, it'll still be a bit of an investment for you guys, but you'll get a first-edition book to cherish. A rare treasure to keep forever and a warm fuzzy feeling in your earlobes. Everyone who pledges will receive a carefully reared and perfectly house-trained piece of my undying gratitude too.
What's it about?
I Drink Lead Paint will tell the story of the hapless Mr Flibble and his often perilous adventures in his rather special home - always and ever under the watchful and loving gaze of the mysteriously unseen Matron.
But who is Flibble? Why is he where he is? I Drink Lead Paint will answer this and many other questions. Questions you never thought to ask even. But mostly questions that will have an answer to the question you questioned yourself a moment ago before you even realised you had asked yourself a question - if you see what I mean...
I'll ensure my book is a feast for the senses. You'll see images like those below. Some will no doubt be darker and more gruesome; others lighter and brighter in the hope to raise a smile. Whilst hundreds of pictures have already been taken of Flibble, there are many more to take, just for you in your very own book.
It'll be a smorgasbord of splendid.
Why would you want to back this project?
First and foremost you'll have a most splendiferously sumptuous book to pore over when you find yourself in that mood that you get in. You know the one - I don't need to elaborate and I promise I won't tell anyone. Aside from that (unspoken) use, you'll find my book will be weighty enough to bop any would-be burglars over the head with and could give you a valuable height increase should you decide to stand on it. Reasons enough I think you'll agree.
But I'm also hoping that through your support I can find out if there's a genuine market interest in my work. It's one thing to get lots of people say nice things about what I do, but when it comes down to it, is it just a novelty? Can only serious and poignant photography garner any kind of commercial success? Aside from achieving a bit of a life goal, I'd like to find the answer to that question.
They're mostly self-evident from the list over there on the right, but here you can see the postcards I'll be sending out should the project hit my target.
People say the nicest things
"Genuis, hillarious and mad as a box of frogs." - Alice Chapman
"You never know what you're gonna get with Mr. Flibble. He's an actor, a comedian, a storyteller and a mad scientist all rolled in one big ball of extreme talent and overall quirkyness. His shots are sure to make you laugh or feel pity for his self-destructive nature. Thanks for making me grin and smile!" - Dracorubio
"This guy is completely crazy. His imagination and creativity are out of this world. His editing skills are awesome and he has photography skills to match too. Most of his pictures have me in fits of laughter and his sense of humor is spot on. Never afraid to compliment others and an all round nice guy. You are an inspiration." - Craig Sharp
"A creative genius of lunatic proportions." - Black Wolf
"What sets Flibble apart from the 1000s of very talented photographers on Flickr is the creative process that begins before the camera is even picked up. His images and photoshop skills are technically brilliant, but it's the world he creates in his images that engages and takes you somewhere totally new and fascinating. I'm surprised no one has started to use his name as an adjective or verb yet. Like: "Dude, that photo is totally Flibblicious". Or: "You Flibbled that processing like a m*thaf***er, man!" - Sleepy Gonzales
...to Ergo Phizmiz for the music.
Thankyouverymuch. I'll make you the bestest book. I promise.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
An angry horde of telepathic iguanas discover the world's last remaining stock of vintage lead paint and hold me to ransom. Gosh how I love to guzzle lead paint. Anyway... faced with such brazen bravado, I cower at the thought of taking on their combined might and die a sad and lonely Flibble deprived of my one and only true liquid love.
I currently have a draft that is about 60% complete and I already have most of the remaining content so it's mostly a job of laying out the book in a print-friendly fashion.
My background is as a designer and I work with graphic designers on a daily basis, so I'm fairly confident I can do this to a level you'll be happy with.
I've been speaking to printers and have researched a bunch of different formats for the book and know my way around what's required to make it happen. I understand the costs involved and have done my sums carefully, so assuming my target is reached, the books will be printed and posted to you.
I've put April next year as a delivery date, although I believe that to be a worst-case scenario and would hope to deliver before then. Life can happen though, so I'd rather under promise and over deliver than leave you disappointed.
And fear not, I'll definitely keep you all informed of my progress along the way - I'm very excited about this and hope you will be too.
I'm after funds enough to be able to get the books (and other rewards) printed. If I don't reach my target, you pay nothing, but equally there are no books. It's all or nothing.
I crumble to dust.
You have no idea how lovely that would be.
Not really no. My pictures play a big part in the book, but there are also words and stories and words arranged into stories.
Sorry, I can't edit rewards someone has already pledged for.
She's like the most beautifully resplendent planet you've ever seen, only with less knobbly bits and a smell more like damp shoelaces. She's a total wonderment and made of distilled splendid. Her middle name is unpronounceable.