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Tim BoothBy Tim Booth
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Tim BoothBy Tim Booth
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£11,866
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About

A Show of Hands is a book about people and their life stories. But these are told not through their faces, which we tend to judge all too quickly, before we've had a chance to look any deeper. Instead, I’ve approached portraiture from a rather different angle and photographed people’s hands. I chose subjects for whom their hands have been an integral part of expressing who they are. Hands with strength, skill, dexterity and artistry that have helped define their owner and his or her life.

Some have made their owners famous, others, no less important, bear the scars of a hard and industrious life, through strength, endeavour and toil.

Hands that have shoed horses, farmed fields, conducted orchestras, dug graves; fished, rowed, modelled, acted, healed, and even been to space and back. From the graceful gesture of a ballerina, to the hammer blow of a boxer, these hands all have a story to tell.

All the subjects in the book are British and each portrait was taken in under half an hour, in natural light and wherever was convenient for the sitter - in a cage at London Zoo with an elephant, in a boat on the Thames, in a wood in the Cotswolds or on the pitch at Toulon's Rugby Stadium. This book will, with your help, be the culmination of years of work shooting a refreshing, different and interesting study of people as they are. Each image is accompanied by a short biography and often by a quote from the sitter.

"After a while it feels like you’re looking at faces." Mike Lindup – Keyboards, Level 42

"Very nice handiwork. I can actually see myself in the photo." Terry Gilliam – Film Director

The Products

A SHOW OF HANDS – The Book

This hardback Fine Art Photography book will measure 285 x 260mm in size, and contain 192 pages with over 150 images, printed on 170gsm finesse silk art stock with a silk coat. Accompanying the images will be the biographies from the subjects themselves. The publishing date will be approximately July of 2014.

A SHOW OF HANDS – The Postcards 

Just some of the postcard images in the collection
Just some of the postcard images in the collection

The postcards comes as a book of 46 images of hands from the collection with the title caption and address lines on the reverse. The cards are A6 and pull out easily from the book leaving no marks, all ready for you to slip out and pin on the wall or post off to friends. I will send the postcard books out before Christmas irrespective of the reward date, as I've had many people ask if they can get them in time to use as Christmas presents.

A SHOW OF HANDS - The Posters

The A SHOW OF HANDS posters are A2 (420mm x 594mm) PDF's. You will be able to choose from Jonny Wilkinson (left), or the Collection Poster (featuring Terry Gilliam, Shadow, Courtney Pine, Julian Lloyd Webber, Sue Arnold, John Makepeace, Jonny WIlkinson and Brian Harman.)

Why do I need your help?

The world of publishing has changed immeasurably over the last decade, and as I am neither dead nor famous traditional publisher's doors remain stubbornly closed. However due to the urging of my peers, and thanks to the new digital age we live in, I can, with your help, publish it myself, thereby producing the Director's Cut version.

Prints explained

Why is the A2 poster a digital PDF file and not a printed poster?

I would love to send my supporters posters, sadly however an A2 poster is considered by the Royal Mail to be a large packet and therefore by the time I’ve printed it, popped it in a postal tube and sent it, it would cost more than the reward.

What is a Giclee Fine Art Print?

It’s an extremely high quality digital inkjet fine art print produced (in this case) on Hahnemuhle fine art paper.

What is a Limited Edition print?

I am doing three separate Limited Edition print runs especially for Kickstarter. These images will never again be printed at this size and on this medium, and all will carry their individual print number.

Who's in the book?

As I mentioned earlier, the subjects in the collection come from all walks of life and myriad professions. I have listed a few below, but the full list is on the A Show of Hands website, to list them all would take up rather too much space here. I will be shooting right up to the wire, so there will be even more added prior to print. 

Jonny Wilkinson, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Deborah Bull, Terry Gilliam, Sir Cliff Richard, Jonathan Pryce, Jodie Kidd, Nick Mason, The Stig, Sir Henry Cooper, Sir Michael Tippett, Marco Pierre White, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Willie Carson, Courtney Pine, Sir Patrick Moore.

Acknowledgments

I’d like to thank all the people who have made this project possible, the subjects, the people who helped me track down the subjects, The Internet Video Company for filming and making my intro video, and many, many others. There will be a complete list in the book, which could of course include your name.

Risks and challenges

Obviously the risks and challenges are that if I don’t manage to hit my goal, then neither the book nor the postcard set will be published. Aside from the disappointment of the work never seeing the light of day, it will be a shame that the generosity of those people who have helped get this project going, and all the people who have kindly given me their time and let me photograph them, will have been in vain. Looking on the bright side however, if I hit my target, or with luck exceed it, then this beautiful book will be scattered across coffee tables worldwide, and the postcards will be, well, posted all over the world.

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