I went for a walk in a tropical garden in Devon. To make life interesting I only took a 100mm macro lens. I shot pretty much exclusively at its closest focus setting that day.
That was 5 years ago.
It has become an obsession. Every year I think I've finished - then I find a new colour. I'm not sure I'll ever stop, but I'm very happy with this collection.
When I first started putting this collection into book form, it was 50 pages. Now its 218. It's a big old book, and it's bursting with colour.
The name 'Wild' came quite early as they were flowers I'd found in the wild. Over time that became less true but the title took on a greater meaning, it came to represent what the colours and shapes meant to me. A brightness and boldness I hadn't seen in my work before. I liked it.
Through this series, I've been constantly trying to push the focus smaller, and thinner, not attempting to represent the flower as a whole, but to boil it down to its essence. That shock of wild colour, the intricacy of the structure. Maybe that's what the bees (like me) are drawn to?
WILD is a hardcover, sewn-bound, 208 page book on 170gsm glossy stock.
I feel in the current world of infinite, perfect replication of digital media, it's nice to make things a bit special. As such, I'm doing a really limited run of this first edition. Only 100 copies. Each will be hand-numbered and signed and will feature a thanks page with the names of every Kickstarter Backer, from every level. You are the ones that are making this possible and and you should all be a permanent part of it.
And we've got a special deal available for the first 20 people to buy the book, so don't miss the early bird deal!
+ £5 postage
Two of the most popular images from the book reproduced as big A1 C-Type Prints on Kodak Metallic Paper.
I'm only making 10 each of these to keep them really special.
Each will be hand signed and numbered and delivered with a certificate of authenticity.
Choose from ten of the most popular images from the book reproduced as A4 C-Type Prints on Kodak Metallic Paper. Each will be signed.
You will be sent a survey at the end of the campaign to choose the print you want.
If you want an A4 Print as well as a book add the £25 value onto your pledge and we can sort out the details in the survey stage.
A set of 5 A6 postcards featuring popular images from the book.
I'll be printing one of every image from the collection at A5 on glossy paper. I'll pluck one out at random for you, lucky-dip style.
I've never liked writing about myself (especially in the third person), but here goes...
Andrew Gale is a photographer and film-maker based in the blurred line of the Welsh Borders.
He's held cameras in his hands since they were tiny and has always held a fascination with the area where science and art meet.
Andrew is a successful commercial photographer and struggling fine artist. In the commercial world you'll find him at ease in the stately homes of the land as well as looking good in safety boots on building sites. In what spare time he has, you'll find him in the wilds capturing images of the landscape that try and recreate the way the mountains make him feel.
He's never been happy settling down for too long in any one genre as his dalliances with 3D Generative Art will attest, and this collection is an extension of that restlessness. A step back from the wide canvases for which he's known and delving deep into the unseen structures of the small things beneath our feet.
(I think that's probably enough)
Risks and challenges
The book is already designed and test printed. The suppliers for the prints are world class and dependable.
With creating any physical object, problems and faults can occur in the manufacturing, and this can lead to delays. However, in a worst case scenario, a massive fault in the print run of books should only add another month to the delivery times, so they should all be posted out in time for Christmas.
- (30 days)