"Using her camera and her sense of aesthetic vulnerability, Patricia Lay-Dorsey has succeeded in illustrating what life with a physical disability looks and feels like from the inside."
--Josie Byzek, Managing Editor, New Mobility Magazine
"Patricia Lay-Dorsey has broken new ground. Tilled the earth. Dug down deep to give us a vision of her daily life. These are not just incisive photographs from a woman working in the tradition of self portraiture, these are just fine photographs period."
When you point the camera at yourself, there is no place to hide. As a person with a disability, I am surprised by feelings of shame when I show the challenges I face in my day-to-day life. As a photographer, I find documenting these challenges to be interesting rather than shameful. And as viewer of the photos, I see how hard my body works to do what I ask of it. I may have started this project with the intention of changing the attitudes of others, but I now realize that if anyone had to change their attitude, it was I.
Over the past five years, images from Falling Into Place have been featured in personal presentations, print magazines, gallery and museum exhibits, online websites, blogs and ‘zines. The response to this work has helped me see the power of photography to open minds and hearts to new ways of thinking about and understanding others and oneself.
In March 2012, David Drake, Director of Ffotogallery in Cardiff, Wales, first saw my Falling Into Place prints and book maquette at FotoFest 2012 Biennial in Houston, Texas. Since then we have worked together on this project through emails, Skype and a meeting last September in New York City. The UK-based book designer, Victoria Forrest, joined our team in February 2013.
The book will be hardback, 108 pages, 50 colour plates, 7.9 x 9.4 (decimal inches) / 200 x 240mm with an initial print run of 1000 copies.
We are planning the book launch at Fovea Exhibitions in Beacon, NY on November 23, 2013.
Update: Patricia in Antwerp Belgium at the printers 10 Oct 2013
It's important that everything is just right in terms of the reprographics and colour correction, so we produce the most beautiful book we can. I'm talking to the printer about what I want from them - it's great that they are so professional and helpful!
What the money is for
Prior to the Kickstarter campaign, we raised $15,000 to date - thanks to Ffotogallery & a generous donor who asks to remain anonymous - we set ourselves a target of an additional $5,000 to meet print and production costs, this is the minimum we needed, and I'm thrilled to say we've got there. But we still need all the support you can provide us to help us get the book out there and in the hands of the people who will benefit from reading it. Your continued investment will ensure worldwide distribution. I believe the book Falling Into Place will have the capacity to travel far beyond where this project has gone thus far.
What happens now we have exceeded our target
The more money we raise, the more complimentary copies of the book we will distribute to school and university libraries, to disability organizations and rehab centers, to health care providers and doctors. We will send out two free books for every additional $100 we raise above our $5,000 target, and if you back us you will of course receive your reward as outlined here.
This way, the book will connect with persons in rehabilitation centers, hospitals and doctors offices. Medical professionals and social workers will be able to see from the inside the day-to-day lives of their patients and clients. Family members, teachers and clergypersons will understand the life challenges and joys of those they love, teach and minister to. WE WANT THE BOOK TO HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THE WAY THAT DISABLED PEOPLE ARE PERCEIVED BY SOCIETY, SO PLEASE CONTUNUE TO BACK US IN OUR EFFORTS!
I see the book Falling Into Place as my legacy to future generations. It gives meaning to any struggles I may have had adapting to this way of being in the world.
I invite you to help make this book a reality by contributing whatever financial support you can to our Kickstarter campaign. We can make this happen if we work together.
In anticipation and gratitude,
*Special thanks go to my publisher, David Drake (director of Ffotogallery) and our book designer Victoria Forrest, to David Snider of The Photography Channel-TV who filmed and edited this video, and to Anne Siegel (Education & Creative Technology Manager at Ffotogallery) who created the text and layout for this Kickstarter campaign.
Risks and challenges
Ffotogallery have a 20 year history of publishing award-winning photography books. With David, Victoria and Anne I have a dedicated and experienced team in place to ensure deadlines are met and we will work tirelessly to deliver the book to you by the estimated deadline.
The only thing to bear in mind are the shipping estimates which are out of our control. We will pick a reliable shipping company to safeguard a smooth and punctual journey over the Atlantic.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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