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A love letter to the beautiful city of San Francisco as my time winds down here. Part of a planned series covering cities worldwide.
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 // WHAT IS THIS? //

 This is a creative venture.

I grew up on books. Or, more specifically, the idea of stories. Whenever I did well in school, I received a new book, and with that another opportunity to get immersed in a story. As I realized I was better at telling stories through pictures rather than words, I decided to ask my parents for a camera. When I was 20 years old, the moment finally came. From that point on, I was hooked. 

Market Street, San Francisco
Market Street, San Francisco

That is what photography means for me today. A chance to tell a story. A chance to connect people with emotions. An opportunity to create a memory. Whether it's through a portrait session, a jaunt on the street, or a quick candid capture, I'm always looking for something that conveys something deeper. A glance, a gesture, a grin. Stories are all around us.

Chinatown, San Francisco
Chinatown, San Francisco

I started photography professionally around 2012. My background is film and philosophy, two majors that I feel help me see the world a little different than others. Since I began shooting, I've been featured in small and large publications like the Emory Wheel, 404 Magazine (formerly Bubble), and Yahoo Travel. 

But none of that really matters. 

Because in the end, I just like making pictures and watching moments happen. 

Stowe Lake, San Francisco
Stowe Lake, San Francisco

 One of my biggest dreams is to create a compilation of all my photographs in some sort of a photobook to be able to show my kids thirty years from now that Dad was kind of cool (haha) back in his heyday. I've also realized that I'm going to miss this place, and I really want some solid proof that I've spent the best years of my life in one of the best places on earth.

So in order to keep doing what I'm doing, and to give a memento to this awesome city. 

Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco
Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

 I need your help. 

I'm asking you, the world and all the goodness in it, to help me make my dream a reality.

Twin Peaks, San Francisco
Twin Peaks, San Francisco

This project involves me going out every day over the course of the last 90 days (or less) days and taking a photo of San Francisco life as I encounter it, from posed shots, to street life, to famous landmarks. It could be a person, a street, a moment I find memorable; but each day, without fail. I will go out, regardless of time, and find something, anything worth taking a picture of. Rain or shine. Sick or not. It's going to happen. 

And I want you all on the journey with me. 

Oakland Bay Bridge
Oakland Bay Bridge

The resulting photographs will be curated by me (and most likely with some voting feedback from all of the backers) and compiled into a Photo Book which will be distributed to backers as a Kickstarter limited edition version. 

Book details: 

The softcover book will be 50 pages and features a warm textured eggshell cover with 100% recycled interior matte pages.

The hardcover book will be 50 pages and features premium fabric and matte finish 100% recycled interior pages with dust jacket wrap.

Example of the make of the book
Example of the make of the book

 By backing this project, each and every one of you will be a part of something special. 

All the funds will go towards printing costs and equipment maintenance. 

Stretch goals are being thought up right now:

(The Lee Studio t-shirt anyone? I really want to get in touch with the United Cerebral Palsy in San Francisco and see what I can do with them!)

Risks and challenges

I've never done started a Kickstarter before, but being a brother of a Kickstarter creator (see: Napwell) and having friends who have created before has taught me three things.

1) Give yourself realistic deadlines. I made my deadline for publication around August, right before my twenty fifth birthday. This is a generous deadline that I will be 99% early on, but in case of any unforeseen catastrophes (a camera being eaten by a bear, for example), I feel that gives me ample time to deliver on promises made in this project.

2) Communicate with your backers. I know this is one of the most important things, if not THE most important. I will constantly update backers on the status of the photobook, the photos I'm taking, the editing I'm doing. What color the juice is I'm having in the morning...I know it is a challenge to keep in touch with every single comment and query on Kickstarter, but rest assured, I will take every measure to respond in a timely manner.

You get the idea. You will always be in the loop, and always along for the ride. You are the ones that make this happen, and I know I can't do it without you. I'll also constantly be updating my website at www.theleestudio.com/blog.

3) After the project is finished, I'm going to want to sleep. A lot.
Please don't get mad at me if I'm a few day late on your emails!
zZZZZzzzzz.

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    Get all the updates and an exclusive look at some of the prospective pictures!

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    Thanks for supporting me through the years along my photographic journey! Pledge here to get updates on the journey, and get a THANK YOU CARD from me (with a photo).

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