About this project
Video is a short doc about what it is to be an Oldham supporter through the experiences of life-long Latics fan - Keith Head.
After two years, the project has come to an end and the book is finally ready. 'Oh When The Blues' is a photography book telling the story of the passionate fans of Oldham Athletic, the theatre of football and my experiences on the road with Latics.
I decided to photograph the Oldham Athletic community after I attended an Oldham home match in 2014 against Scunthorpe. I was pleasantly surprised to find a group of fans both passionate about the club and sport but also very friendly. I started photographing shortly after and was swiftly invited to more games, people's homes, and of course, the pub. Since then I have made as many of the games home and away as I can and feel as though I myself, am also a fan. These pictures document the community through its highs and lows focusing on the many characters and supporters groups involved.
My hope is that a football fan of any club can feel affinity towards this work. For all the times we have got the train at silly morning hours to watch our team loose 5-0, those 9am pints on derby day and catching a frostbite that even the warmest cup of Bovril can't save you from; we have also felt the elation of that stoppage time winner.
This book, through pictures, explores the experience and culture of English football fandom through the story of Oldham's die hard supporters.
The project includes stories, pictures and portraits from home and away games and a chapter about the Eagles and Owls football friendship between Frankfurt and Oldham. It has been published quite widely and some of these can see here:
or a large collection of images (but not nearly the amount in the book) can be seen on my website here - http://www.davidjshaw.com/Oh-When-The-Blues
The book will be 112 pages, soft-back 26x21 cm with over 100 full colour images professional printed and bound at ex why zed printing and for these pre-orders - they will be ready by Christmas. An original print run of 200 is being sold however I am looking to print more depending on the success of this campaign.
There will be updates soon regarding a foreword as well as a potential co-publisher. I will also be organising an official book launch in early 2017 but as I have stated the books bought through this crowdfunding campaign will be delivered for Christmas. Please help the project buy pre-buying the book or by backing the project through one of the other rewards.
Thanks, and cmon Oldham!
**** Postage before Christmas guaranteed to UK residents only. I will try my best to get postage to all other countries as close to Christmas as possible. *****
Risks and challenges
There are little risks with the project as the book is completed and ready for print. I am doing this Kickstarter campaign essentially to sell pre-orders so I can afford the costs of printing, which is high due to it being printed images in full colour. My only risk is not raising enough funds through this Kickstarter to get the book printed! Of course in scenario you would be refunded your money through Kickstarter.
I will be handling packaging a delivery and will have everything shipped in time for Christmas. If I sell out of the original copies then I will be printing another batch in early 2017.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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