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Photography book exploring the community of Oldham Athletic Football Club, their relation to the town and the theatre of football.
Photography book exploring the community of Oldham Athletic Football Club, their relation to the town and the theatre of football.
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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.

On the road to Fleetwood.
On the road to Fleetwood.

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.

The Legendary Tony Feeley at Rochdale
The Legendary Tony Feeley at Rochdale

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. 

At Boundary Park
At Boundary Park

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:

http://rabonamag.com/oldhams-athleticos/

https://sports.vice.com/en_uk/article/two-teams-one-spirit-the-eagles-and-the-owls

http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/oldham-athletic-fans-reaction-to-the-ched-evans-controversy-455

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!

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The Athleticos
The Athleticos

 

 

 

Tom O'Dea
Tom O'Dea

 

Watching Frankfurt
Watching Frankfurt

 

 

Keith Head and Chris watching Oldham Loose 7-0 at MK Dons
Keith Head and Chris watching Oldham Loose 7-0 at MK Dons

 **** 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.

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    Six Prints

    Six 6x4 inch individual prints. Random images, (but all good) many from the book also a lot are not. They have all been printed once and will not be printed again so you will have a set of individual prints that are unique.

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    A copy of the book

    One copy of the book signed by David Shaw. Can bring to Oldham, London, Salisbury area or Manchester for free or add the postage costs seen below.

    The book is of high quality and would make nice gifts, Christmas maybe?

    Your name will be featured in the acknowledgements.

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    The book FREE DELIVERY TO CERTAIN AREAS

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    The book is of high quality and would make nice gifts, Christmas maybe?

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    A copy of the book + six prints

    One copy of the book signed by David Shaw, add the postage costs seen below.

    The book is of a high quality and would make nice gifts, Christmas maybe?

    Your name will be featured in the acknowledgements.

    Six - 6x4 inch individual prints. Random images, (but all good) many from the book but also a lot are not. They have all been printed once and will not be again so you will have a set of individual prints that are unique.

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    The book + six prints FREE DELIVERY

    One copy of the book signed by David Shaw. Can bring to Oldham, London, Salisbury area or Manchester for free.

    The book is of a high quality and would make nice gifts, Christmas maybe?

    Your name will be featured in the acknowledgements.

    Six - 6x4 inch individual prints. Random images, (but all good) many from the book but also a lot are not. They have all been printed once and will not be again so you will have a set of individual prints that are unique.

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    Three Books

    Three copies of the book signed by David Shaw. Can bring to Oldham, London, Salisbury area or Manchester for free or add the postage costs seen below.

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    Image of you at an Oldham game.

    I will come and take a collection of high quality images of you or a friend supporting Latics at home in the style of the images in this book. Then they will be emailed to you in high resolution.

    Can happen whenever is best for you.

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    Pledge £55 or more About $69

    Three Books + six Prints

    Three copies of the book signed by David Shaw. Can bring to Oldham, London, Salisbury area or Manchester for free or add the postage costs seen below.

    As well as six 6x4 inch individual prints. Random images, (but all good) many from the book also a lot are never before seen exclusive images. They have all been printed once and will not be again so you will have a set of individual prints that are unique.

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    A3 Framed and Mounted Print

    A professionally framed and printed image of your choice. Please go to - http://www.davidjshaw.com/Oh-When-The-Blues - choose an image, contact me and I will do the rest.

    Can be delivered to Oldham, London, Salisbury area or Manchester for free or add the postage costs seen below.

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    Framed Image of you @ Latics

    I will come and take a collection of high quality images of you or a friend supporting Latics at home in the style of the images in this book. Then I will have the image professionally printed and framed to hang in your or a friend's home.

    Can happen whenever is best for you, possibly before Christmas if we are fast in organising.

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    Sponsorship

    Your companies logo/ name on the back, inside cover and any online or other promotional material associated with the book.

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