Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Color Me Gone is a photobook with a circular narrative about a developing Vietnam featuring a unique dual binding system.
Color Me Gone is a photobook with a circular narrative about a developing Vietnam featuring a unique dual binding system.
Color Me Gone is a photobook with a circular narrative about a developing Vietnam featuring a unique dual binding system.
372 backers pledged $38,448 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

Color Me Gone - The First Double-Binded Photobook on Vietnam project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Color Me Gone - The First Double-Binded Photobook on Vietnam

$38,448

372

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

 COLOR ME GONE

Color Me Gone is a photobook with a circular narrative about a developing Vietnam.  I spent 10 years photographing the country where I began to see it as a bit of a dark fairytale or a film noir where I romanticized the nostalgia I never knew.

The beautifully handmade book features a unique double-binding screw post system that allows the viewer to experience it frontwards or backwards. Each side offers a different perspective about Vietnam with a simple message: Forget what you remember and remember what you forgot. 

Prototype of the book Color Me Gone - Màu đã Phôi Phai
Prototype of the book Color Me Gone - Màu đã Phôi Phai

 

For the past three years I've worked with the great Teun van der Heijden to conceptualize, design and edit this book. He has designed/edited many amazing books such as Black Passport, Diamond Matters, Rape of a Nation, Latitude Zero, War Porn, Gold Coast, Belgian Autumn, Inshallah, Carpe Fucking Diem, When I was Six and recently Magic Party Place.

Together we created this unique calendar-style, dual-binding system. When you look at the book in the opposite direction, not only are the images reversed, but because of the dual-binding system, the images are flipped from top to bottom – thus offering a very different perspective. Everyone has their own perspective about Vietnam. This book merely seeks to challenge that.

Prototype of the book Color Me Gone - Màu đã Phôi Phai
Prototype of the book Color Me Gone - Màu đã Phôi Phai

Photobooks are expensive to make and the publishing model doesn't favor the photographer. Publishing companies were interested in my book but after doing the math, I decided to self-publish.  I understand my audience and plan to partner with a distributor when the book is printed.  The $35,000 I'm seeking to fund this project will pay for the printing and hand binding of the book. The result of this campaign will determine the number of copies I will be printing. Any money earned past $35,000 will go towards a traveling exhibition when the book launches.

Prototype of the book Color Me Gone - Màu đã Phôi Phai
Prototype of the book Color Me Gone - Màu đã Phôi Phai

BOOK DETAILS

  • The book is approximately 9.5x12" (24.5x30cm)
  • Features 130 full page black & white and color images
  • The hardcover is covered with linen and the title is screen printed
  • The double-binding is held together with a four screw post system
  • Beautiful thumb screws on either side make it easy to use

*All details are an approximation

REWARDS

* If you want to place an order for a combination that's not listed, reach out to me and I'll help you place that order.  Or if you're shipping method is either the US or France, simply add up the amount of all of the rewards and pledge that amount.  Then message me and tell me what the amount is for. - Thanks! - Kevin
  • HIGH FIVE - At the $5 reward level get a virtual high five and a personal thank you!
  • THE MUSIC - At the $10 reward level you get a personal thank you from me and a link to download a digital copy of the song Color Me Gone created by Sun Jun and myself to put you in the mood to read the book.
  • THE FILTER - At the $20 reward level you get a LensStrap mailed to you. The LensStrap is a smart phone color filter bracelet that I invented and produced while living in Vietnam.
  • THE REVIEW - At the $50 reward level I will review your portfolio and give you any professional advice that I can.  I will also retweet your website.
  • THE BOOK - At the $75 reward level you will receive a special edition of my book Color Me Gone – only available to Kickstarter supporters!
  • THE LIGHTBOX - At $95 you will receive the lightbox is an LED lamp that illuminates a photograph. You have a choice of ONE print out of six. The lamp works on 100-240 voltage so it's prefect for any location in the world. (This reward does not include a book)
  • COLLECTOR'S BOOK - At the $150 reward level you will receive the limited edition of Color Me Gone.  This will be editioned, signed and will have a different cover and a special design feature that sets it apart from the regular book.  Design to be determined. 
  • COLLECTOR'S 8X10 - At the $350 reward level you will receive the limited edition book Color Me Gone and your choice of ONE limited edition 8x10" (20x25cm) print.
  • COLLECTOR'S 8X10 PACK - At the $500 reward level you will receive the limited edition book Color Me Gone and your choice of TWO different limited edition 8x10" (20x25cm) prints.
  • COLLECTOR'S 17x22 - At the $750 reward level you will receive the limited edition book Color Me Gone and your choice of ONE limited edition 17x22" (43x56cm) print.  These are editions of 15.
  • REMNANTS COLLECTION - At the $1500 reward level you will receive the limited edition book Color Me Gone and a limited edition box set inside a restored ammunition metal box used in the American-Vietnam War. I was going to edition these at 10, but then I kept one for myself. :)
  • TWO FOR TWO - At the $2,000 reward level you will receive two 20X30" (51x76cm) limited edition prints.  These are editions of 15.  You will also receive the limited edition book.
  • GALLERY COLLECTION - At the $4000 reward level you will receive all six limited edition print options sized at 17x22" (43x56cm) and the limited edition book.  These are all editions of 15.
  • THE ONE - At the $5000 reward level you will receive your choice of photo from my catalogue in an edition of one. It doesn't become more limited than that.  The size is 40x55" (102x140cm).  You will also receive the limited edition book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Below you can see the rewards in more detail:

LensStrap Smart Phone Filter $20 Reward - color of strap may vary
LensStrap Smart Phone Filter $20 Reward - color of strap may vary

 

The 7" (18 cm) Lightbox with your choice: 1 of 6 prints
The 7" (18 cm) Lightbox with your choice: 1 of 6 prints

 

Choose from these limited edition prints for your reward. They appear larger below.
Choose from these limited edition prints for your reward. They appear larger below.

 

Restored Vietnam War Ammunition Box & Print Set
Restored Vietnam War Ammunition Box & Print Set

 

The acid-free box is held in place by a wood insert inside the ammunition box
The acid-free box is held in place by a wood insert inside the ammunition box

 

Side views of the restored ammunition box
Side views of the restored ammunition box

 

Limited Edition Print Option: Salt Farmers
Limited Edition Print Option: Salt Farmers

 

Limited Edition Print Option: Tet Flowers
Limited Edition Print Option: Tet Flowers

 

Limited Edition Print Option: Phong
Limited Edition Print Option: Phong

 

Limited Edition Print Option: Lao Cai
Limited Edition Print Option: Lao Cai

 

Limited Edition Print Option: Riding Bicycles
Limited Edition Print Option: Riding Bicycles

 

Limited Edition Print Option: Fashion Show
Limited Edition Print Option: Fashion Show

 

Risks and challenges

When publishing a photobook there's always a possibility of delay. But Teun is very experienced when working with printers and binders. If fact we already have a few of them lined up for this project. I don't foresee any challenges with getting this book printed and in your hands by October, 2017.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    HIGH FIVE

    You get a virtual high five and a personal thank you for supporting Color Me Gone.

    Includes:
    • Virtual High Five
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    THE MUSIC

    You get a personal thank you from me and a link to download a digital copy of the song Color Me Gone created by Sun Jun and myself to put you in the mood to read the book.

    Includes:
    • Mp3 Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    THE FILTER

    you get a LensStrap mailed to you. The LensStrap is a smart phone color filter bracelet that I invented and produced while living in Vietnam. *Colors may vary.

    Includes:
    • LensStrap Smartphone Filter
    • Mp3 Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    23 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    THE REVIEW

    I'll review your portfolio and RT your website.

    Includes:
    • Portfolio Review
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    THE BOOK

    You will receive a special edition, signed copy my book Color Me Gone – only available to Kickstarter supporters!

    Includes:
    • Color Me Gone Book
    • Mp3 Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    250 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    THE BOOK (SHIPPING TO VIETNAM ONLY)

    You will receive a special edition, signed copy my book Color Me Gone – only available to Kickstarter supporters!

    Includes:
    • Color Me Gone Book
    • Mp3 Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only Vietnam
    8 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $95 or more About $95

    THE LIGHTBOX

    This is an LED lamp that illuminates a photograph. You have a choice of ONE print out of six. The lamp works on 100-240 voltage so it's prefect for any location in the world. (This reward does not include a book)

    Includes:
    • LED Photo lamp
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    COLLECTOR'S BOOK

    you will receive the limited edition of Color Me Gone.  This will be editioned, signed and will have a different cover and a special design feature that sets it apart from the regular book.

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition of the Color Me Gone Book
    • Mp3 Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    61 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    THE COLLECTOR'S BOOK (TO VIETNAM ONLY)

    You will receive the limited edition of Color Me Gone. This will be editioned, signed and will have a different cover and a special design feature that sets it apart from the regular book.

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition of the Color Me Gone Book
    • Mp3 Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only Vietnam
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    COLLECTOR'S 8x10

    A signed limited edition of the book Color Me Gone and an 8x10" (20x25cm) limited edition print.

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition of the Color Me Gone Book
    • Limited Edition 8x10 Print
    • Mp3 Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    COLLECTOR'S 8x10 PACK

    you will receive the limited edition book Color Me Gone and two different limited edition 8x10" (20x25cm) prints.

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition of the Color Me Gone Book
    • Limited Edition 8x10 Print
    • Mp3 Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    COLLECTOR'S 17x22

    you will receive the limited edition book Color Me Gone and a limited edition 17x22"(43x56cm) print.

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition of the Color Me Gone Book
    • Limited Edition 17x22" Print
    • Mp3 Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    REMNANTS COLLECTION

    you will receive the limited edition book Color Me Gone and a limited edition box set inside a beautifully restored ammunition metal box used in the American-Vietnam War. I was going to edition these at 10, but then I kept one for myself. :)

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition of the Color Me Gone Book
    • Limited Edition 5x7 Print Set of 15 in Restored Ammunition Box
    • Mp3 Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    TWO FOR TWO

    You get TWO 20x30" limited edition prints. You also receive the limited edition book.

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition of the Color Me Gone Book
    • 20x30" limited edition print
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $4,000 or more About $4,000

    GALLERY COLLECTION

    You will receive all six limited edition print options sized at 17x22" (43x56cm) and the limited edition book.

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition 17x22" Print
    • Limited Edition of the Color Me Gone Book
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    THE ONE

    You get a large 40x55" print that is the only edition that will ever be made. Plus you get the limited edition book.

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition of the Color Me Gone Book
    • 1 40x55" print that is in an edition of 1
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)