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A street photography book that delves into the heart and soul of Mexico.
A street photography book that delves into the heart and soul of Mexico.
A street photography book that delves into the heart and soul of Mexico.
148 backers pledged £9,107 to help bring this project to life.

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Sweet Dreams | Love, life & death in Mexico

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Hello!

We are Tripod City and we’re super excited to be here on Kickstarter to launch our latest project, SWEET DREAMS, a publication of street photography that delves into the heart and soul of Mexico.

The book collates over 100 photographs that explore themes of love, life and death, inspired by cultural traditions such as Day of the Dead, brought to life through unexpected modern day interpretations.

The photographs combine a mix of portraiture, still life and street photography from the bustling cities of Mexico City and Guadalajara to the dusty streets of Oaxaca and Guanajuato. 

 

 

Who we are

Tripod City is a UK based photographic collaboration between Charlie Kwai, Chris Lee and Paul Storrie. We document people and places from three perspectives, combining our individual styles and approaches to form one story.

Charlie gets up close and personal using his candid style to capture fleeting moments with energy and drama. Chris keeps a distance between himself and his subjects, framing people in their natural environment, like characters on a stage. Paul engages directly with people, composing portraits that give his subjects a platform to present themselves to the camera.

Charlie Kwai
Charlie Kwai

 

Chris Lee
Chris Lee

 

Paul Storrie
Paul Storrie

 

Past projects

In 2015, we self published our first photo book, Made in China - a snapshot into the daily lives of the Chinese people.

Made in China - 2015
Made in China - 2015

The following year we released Gold Dust, an exploration of contemporary Ghanaian culture. The launch of the photo book coincided with a 3 month exhibition at Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes in East London.

Gold Dust - 2016
Gold Dust - 2016

 

Gold Dust Exhibition
Gold Dust Exhibition

Why Mexico?

We’re attracted to rapidly developing countries that have a strong cultural identity. Mexico stood out as the perfect candidate for our next project due to the numerous stereotypes and misconceptions commonly placed upon it. Whether positive or negative, our aim was to put those stereotypes to the test and create an honest representation of Mexico in 2017.

The Book

Sweet Dreams is our biggest and most ambitious book to date. We’ve worked with designer Bruce Usher to create a beautifully crafted object that truly encapsulates the project, without compromise.

We’re also working with printer Wonderful Books (based in the Netherlands) for their award winning image reproduction. We will be producing 350 exposed bound, hand finished books that are individually sprayed pink - a colour that features heavily in our photographs and widely considered a symbol of Mexican charisma.

Most importantly, Sweet Dreams adopts a lay-flat design which means more space and better visibility, allowing photographs to spread across two pages without being obscured by the centre-fold.

Specifications:

Limited Edition of 350
270x200mm
144 Pages
107 Photographs
Exposed bound
Lay flat design
Pink Edges
Printed on Novel paper

Front and back cover
Front and back cover

 

Exposed binding and pink edges
Exposed binding and pink edges

 

Lay-flat design
Lay-flat design

Why we're on Kickstarter

By launching Sweet Dreams on Kickstarter, we’re able to offer you the book at an affordable price, without needing to compromise on printing quality. As we're producing it ourselves, we don't have to factor in publishing or distribution fees, so the price doesn't need to be inflated and you get a beautiful book without breaking the bank :)

We’re also able to offer limited edition prints and exciting workshop opportunities for the very first time.

The Rewards

Sweet Dreams Early Bird Discount – The book will retail at £40 when it finally reaches bookshops, but we're offering signed copies to the first 25 backers for just £25, and £30 thereafter.

3x Postcards & A Big Thank You – A thank you for those who are willing to support our project and help spread the word. We'll send you a set of 3 postcards, featuring one photograph from each photographer.

Postcards
Postcards

Prints – For the first time, we’re offering exclusive signed and numbered digital C-type prints, available in two sizes: 15x10 inches and 24x16 inches. Each photograph is limited to an edition of 20.

Follow the link below to view a selection of 60 photos available as prints – let us know which photo you'd like by quoting the relevant image code.

View photos here!

Framed Prints – We know how inconvenient it can be to have your prints framed, so why not let us do it for you! We're using a one inch solid wood black frame.

Framed Prints
Framed Prints


The Tripod Bundle
 – If you haven't already got your hands on our previous two photo-books, Gold Dust and Made in China, then you can pick up the full collection to date with the photo-book bundle!

The Tripod City Photo-book Bundle
The Tripod City Photo-book Bundle

 
2 Day Workshop (Spring 2018) – We’ll be hosting the ultimate street photography workshop in London. Craft your own voice in street and documentary photography. Experience what it’s like to work as a group and how to make the most out of collaboration.

Commission us! – Are you hosting an event or creating an interesting project in the foreseeable future? Tripod City will document your event and create a truly unique series. This reward covers 1 day shooting and editing. If your event demands more time then get in touch, and let us know your requirements

Postage

Collect your reward and we'll refund the postage. Location TBC but will be East London.

Timeline

Delivered by 15th December, just in time for Christmas!

The Photographs!

To see a selection of 60 photographs available to own as prints, follow the link below, and let us know the image code(s) of the photo you'd like to print.

View photos here!

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Useful Links

Tripod City website: www.tripodcity.co.uk
Gallery of available prints: www.tripodcity.co.uk/sweet-dreams-prints

Tripod City instagram: www.instagram.com/tripod.city
Charlie Kwai's instagram: www.instagram.com/london.journal
Chris Lee's instagram: www.instagram.com/street.eye
Paul Storrie's instagram: www.instagram.com/paul.storrie

Risks and challenges

Our delivery target of the 15th December is dependant on our suppliers schedule at the time of order processing.

All specs listed are priced and confirmed with our suppliers and will not change.

Any profit accrued from this Kickstarter will help fund a book launch in London as well as an exhibition.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    Postcard x3

    A set of 3 postcards, featuring a photograph from each photographer

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    Sweet Dreams - Early bird

    A signed book at a special early bird discounted price!

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    Sweet Dreams

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    2x Sweet Dreams

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    Pledge £60 or more About $79

    The Tripod City Photo-book Bundle

    Sweet Dreams + Gold Dust + Made in China
    All three books signed

    If you haven't already got your hands on our previous photo-books, you can grab the full collection here!

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    Sweet Dreams + 15x10 inch Print

    A signed copy of the book

    A signed and numbered deluxe 15x10 inch digital C-type print.

    Choose from 60 photographs
    Each available in an edition of 20
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    Sweet Dreams + 15x10 inch Framed Print

    A signed copy of the book

    A signed and numbered deluxe 15x10 inch digital C-type print.

    Choose from 60 photographs
    Each available in an edition of 20
    See description for more details on how to view and select a specific photo to be printed

    Solid wood black frame.
    Framed dimensions: 17x12 inch

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    Retail deal: 5x Sweet Dreams

    5x copies of Sweet Dreams
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    Sweet Dreams + 24x16 inch Print

    A signed copy of the book

    A signed and numbered deluxe 24x16 inch digital C-type print.

    Choose from 60 photographs
    Each available in an edition of 20
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    Sweet Dreams + 3x Prints (15x10 inches)

    A signed copy of the book

    3x signed and numbered deluxe 15x10 inch digital C-type prints.

    Choose from 60 photographs
    Each available in an edition of 20
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    Sweet Dreams + 24x16 inch Framed Print

    A signed copy of the book

    A signed and numbered deluxe 24x16 inch digital C-type print.

    Choose from 60 photographs
    Each available in an edition of 20
    See description for more details on how to view and select a specific photo to be printed

    Solid wood black frame.
    Framed dimensions: 26x18 inch

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    2 Day Street Photography workshop

    A signed copy of the book

    Join all three of us on a street photography workshop in central London.

    Spring 2018
    10am to 6pm - Weekend (exact date and location TBC)

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    Sweet Dreams + 9 Print Collection

    A signed copy of the book

    9 signed and numbered 15x10 inch limited edition digital C-type prints.
    Each photograph available in editions of 20

    See description for more details on how to view and select which 9 photographs you'd like to be printed.

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    Photography commission

    Commission all three of us to photograph your event!

    This reward covers one day of shooting plus edit time.
    Limited to the south of the UK - travel not included.

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