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Ellen RichardsonBy Ellen Richardson
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Ellen RichardsonBy Ellen Richardson
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£1,300
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About

Credit: Gavin Hardy
Credit: Gavin Hardy

My name is Ellen Richardson and I’m a portrait and lifestyle photographer from England! In March, I’m travelling to New Zealand to follow my dreams of photographing the world, and will create a photo book of both my portfolio work and personal photos taken within 12 months.

I’ll be travelling from city to city to work on new portraits and editorials to expand my portfolio, whilst photographing the entire journey with people I meet along the way. You’ll get to see both sides of my experience beautifully presented in the 120-page book, which I hope will inspire people to take a chance to follow their own dreams.

I aim to produce at least one major piece of work per month whilst I'm away, whether it's a portrait session in an abandoned house, a fashion editorial on the beach or a lifestyle series in the mountains. Being surrounded by the unknown will fuel my passion and drive me to create a whole new level of work, pushing my vision further than it's ever been before.

In between my portfolio work, I'll be documenting my travels and experiences along the way. I’ll be living off as little money as possible, aiming to spend most of my time on the road and staying in hostels or with people I meet, to throw myself further into the unknown and to fill the book with fascinating subjects and stories.

Both aspects of my journey will be featured in the book, so you'll get to see all of my new work printed in your own stunning book or hanging on your wall, as well as a photographic insight into how I ended up at each portrait and the stories and inspiration behind them. 

I'll be curating and designing the book whilst I'm on the move, and after 12 months I'll use the money from this Kickstarter to fund the printing of the first 250 copies. This is something I’ve been striving to do for the past 2 years of my 8 year journey in photography, and with your help I'll finally have the chance to make it happen.

The book will be available in hardcover and eBook versions as a stunning, hand-designed 120-page photo book (10" x 8" / 25 x 20 cm) printed on premium matt paper.

It will feature a mix of images from both my portfolio work and personal work, presented as full-spread images and combinations of complimentary shots alongside stories and journal entries.

The book is intended to be a journey rather than a simple gallery, so the photographs will be presented chronologically, possibly split into monthly chapters, so you get to share the experience with me and witness my photography grow over the entire year.

I'd love to be able to share some enticing previews of what the book will look like, but of course I don't have any content yet! I'll be planning drafts of the book and contacting publishers whilst I'm away, so you'll receive regular updates on the progress of the book as the year passes.

The incredible thing about Kickstarter is that your donation isn't just a donation - it's an investment in a dream, or like pre-ordering a book or piece of art! Plus, you only pay if & when I meet my target, so it's win-win for everyone. I can't do this without you, so for supporting my dream and making this book possible, I'll be giving straight back to you in the form of rewards - see below what I have in store for you!

If you cannot financially contribute, you can still SHARE the New Zealand & Beyond Kickstarter with your friends and send an email with proof to ellelouise2@gmail.com for a free eBook version!

Why? I want as many people to have the opportunity to be inspired by my journey, even if a monetary donation is not on the cards. Your support by sharing the project will have just as much impact on its success, so thank you!

 More example photos of rewards coming soon!

A unique, postcard-sized print (4" x 6"), hand-selected from the New Zealand & Beyond series just for you!

Image: Social Print Studio
Image: Social Print Studio

A classic print (8" x 10") selected from the New Zealand & Beyond series + digital eBook version of the book.

Image: Social Print Studio
Image: Social Print Studio

A stylish wall poster print (11" x 14") to hang on the wall selected from the New Zealand & Beyond series + digital eBook version of the book.

Image: Social Print Studio
Image: Social Print Studio

New Zealand & Beyond: Beautiful hand-designed, 120-page hardcover book (10" x 8" / 25 x 20cm) premium matt paper + postcard-sized print (4" x 6"), hand-selected from the New Zealand & Beyond series just for you!

New Zealand & Beyond: Beautiful hand-designed, 120-page hardcover book (10" x 8" / 25 x 20cm) premium matt paper + postcard-sized print (4" x 6") + stylish wall poster print (11" x 14") both hand-selected from the New Zealand & Beyond series.

New Zealand & Beyond: Beautiful hand-designed, 120-page hardcover book (10" x 8" / 25 x 20cm) premium matt paper + classic print (8" x 10") + high quality large format print (16" x 20") both hand-selected from the New Zealand & Beyond series + digital eBook version of the book.

Image: Social Print Studio
Image: Social Print Studio

New Zealand & Beyond: Beautiful hand-designed, 120-page hardcover book (10" x 8" / 25 x 20cm) premium matt paper + 3 x classic prints (8" x 10") + stylish wall poster print (11" x 14") + HUGE high quality large format print (20" x 30") all hand-selected from the New Zealand & Beyond series + digital eBook version of the book. 

Signed copy of New Zealand & Beyond: Beautiful hand-designed, 120-page hardcover book (10" x 8" / 25 x 20cm) premium matt paper + 5 x classic prints (8" x 10") + high quality large format print (16" x 20") + HUGE signed high quality large format print (20" x 30") + signed framed large format print (16" x 20", mounted in black frame) all hand-selected from the New Zealand & Beyond series + digital eBook version of the book + your name in the acknowledgements of the book as a backer.

Image: Social Print Studio
Image: Social Print Studio

 All rewards except the New Zealand & Beyond book will be printed by the incredible creative team over at Social Print Studio. They're an independent, contemporary business who are in it purely for the love, and boy does it show in their results. From perfect matt postcards to the highest quality large format prints and frames, you'll be proud to have this artwork gracing your walls.

It's difficult for me right now to give an exact date when the book will be published. Although I'll be curating and designing the book as I go, the final touches obviously can't be made until the 12-month journey is over.

I'd like to set a maximum of 6 months once I get back, to allow for any delays, but I aim to have everything finished within 1-3 months. My journey will finish in March 2016, therefore estimated delivery date will be between April - June 2016!

You can view my current portfolio on my Website or Facebook, which will both be updated with fresh work throughout the year. I'll also be creating a blog dedicated to the photo journal so you can get a taste of what's to come in the book, and I'll update regularly here with exclusive content just for backers. You can also find me over at Instagram for frequent, on-the-go updates!

Risks and challenges

I don't have an exact date for the book to be published yet, so scheduling could be an issue, but I'm aiming for 1-3 months after the 12 month journey finishes, with a 6 month safety net.

I'll be posting regular updates on the progress of the book and personal sneak peeks to backers only, so you'll be able to keep track and see exactly how I'm getting on.

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