Scaffold to the Moon - A Photobook
Scaffold to the Moon - A Photobook
A dramatic and humorous study of a man called Prince, exploring visual and written narrative through the medium of the Photobook
A dramatic and humorous study of a man called Prince, exploring visual and written narrative through the medium of the Photobook Read more
Inspired by his award winning first publication, exploring the lines of visual and written narrative, Huw Alden Davies returns with a whole new spin on the Prince world in his latest title ‘Scaffold to the Moon’. A complete collection of photographs and writings celebrating the life of the artist’s father, an eccentric working class Welshman; a bi-product of a jilted generation.
Known as Prince, John Alden Davies, has been recognised by this namesake for most of his life. By his friends, his family, and by all that have met him, and although, to him this was simply a name, to a boy (the artist) with little knowledge or care in the world, this was colossal. To Huw, his father was royalty, although not like Prince Charles, whom was a man married to a Princess called Diana and peered inanimately from a plate on the dining room wall, but a hero like Prince Adam of Eternia (except without a ‘Battle Cat’, or a sword).
Attempting to reconnect with his curious childhood adulations, Huw Alden Davies began to record this man and his eccentricities through photographic and illustrative story telling, resulting in a colourful and detailed portrait, touching on the age old tales of boy to man, while exploring the physiological and cultural elements that inform the image that should have once been his role model.
"I’m telling you, he’s getting worse as he gets older, everything you tell him he goes arse backwards. He’s out and about picking mushrooms, or roaming car boot sales, bringing all sorts of crap back hear. This morning he was out at five looking for tables and chairs. He’s got four fucking benches out the back already, and no arses to put on them". Pearl
Selected third place in the ESPY Photo award Book Prize 2017; Exhibited by a number of international Photography Festivals and Galleries, scoring solo exhibitions in the UK and Germany, Prince also continues to attract thousands of views in the online extension, Prince Street (blog), influencing the new photobook 'Scaffold to the Moon', which aims to celebrate and conclude its journey.
"Nothing prepares one for the sense of wonder that is Prince. Although I have been inspired by an endless parade of creativity, with a driven need to make, it is quite ironic that this journey begins not with ‘my’ creativity, but that of my father's. Funnier still, that it should start in an outside toilet". Huw.
Working primarily as documentary photographer and lecturer of photography, Huw Alden Davies has over twelve years experience in the photographic industry, working on an array of commissioned and self-funded projects.
His work has been widely published, and exhibited in a large number of both national and international exhibitions. With photographs included in the archives of the National Library of Wales, National Museum of Wales, and The National Portrait Gallery, London.
Focused largely on his home village and its people, Davies mainly studies concepts such as sense of place and cultural identity, and Prince, the subject of his most recent series is a microcosm of that world.
‘Scaffold to the moon’ will be Davies' second publication, but the first full publication to contain the complete collection of works focused on Prince, a detailed and humorous portrait of the artists father.
At the size of 27x21cm this will be a card cover photo-book, available with accompanying limited edition ebossed/illustrated cardboard slip cover. It will contain over a 100 pages, including 38 photographs, 4 sections of text on quality mixed papers. Photographs will be displayed in different sizes, with some on double spread fold out pages containing larger photographs. This will be made in a run of 750 max limited edition copies.
Working with the team behind CCQ Magazine, artist and designer Rhiannon Lowe, and award winning print house Kopa, it is our intention to produce a high quality medium-sized book, using an offset litho process, which will allow a bigger print run and provide a much more detailed and consistent image quality.
" The nurse told me a few weeks ago that I had to give up the Chocolate. I was so pissed off. I said, I’ve given up the drink, I’ve given up the fags, now I have to give up my chocolate. Do you want me to stop breathing as well? And she said, no, we wouldn’t expect you to do that. It’s just as well I said, I haven’t got fuck-all-much else left". Prince.
"Prince, for the best part of two years has taken over my life. What started as a small personal project in between other things has become one of my most extensive and defining works, accumulating a mass of photographs and text reaching over 40,000 words, which now needs to be refined for the next stage of its journey in becoming what it is meant to be". HD
Done with love, dedication and precision, photobooks are an expensive object to produce, and although a lot of the hard work has been done in regards to recording the story of the artists fathers, there is much more to be done in taking it to the page, and this will rely on a team of experts. From editing to design, and layout to print, if this Kickstarter campaign is successful, this will allow a production of 750 copies of the publication, while funding the cost of a professional editor, designer, and the right printers best suited to bring the project to life. It will also cover the cost of shipping back to the UK, promotion, and any required travel. Including the Kickstarter and Payment processing fees applied (ca. 9% of total funds raised).
The following photographs are available in print to those who purchase a print package, which come in three sizes: small, medium and large, and are limited to print editions (stated in pledge). All images include a white border (unless requested otherwise). Please note that Print Numbers 5 & 6, taken from the Tumble series, are exclusive to Kickstarter and are limited to the Medium and Large print editions only.
The First Book
As an exclusive Kickstarter reward you can purchase an individually signed copy of Prince (Limited to 50 copies), or as part of a book bundle (Also limited to 50 copies), with a short personal hand written message of your choice (maximum 50 words).
Prince: Size: 240 x 280mm Pages: 52 Pages Including Text and Photographs Soft Cover Perfect Bound. Edition of 1200 Self Published Date: October 2015 ISBN: 978-0-9564952-6-6
Examples of Prince, the first publication available here: https://www.huwdaviesphotography.com/prince
"In essence, ‘Prince’ is a book that will absorb you from start to finish, and leave you wanting more". Emily Faulder (#Photography Magazine)
" If you're lucky, you just might encounter something so totally original that it changes your way of thinking and seeing the world. Tonight I was just that lucky! I knew when I saw the photographs and captions that Welsh photographer Huw Alden Davies @huwaldendavies posted as resident artist on the Diffusion Festival "Looking For America"@_lookingforamerica Instagram account last October that I was seeing something special. But tonight as I looked through Huw's published book, "Prince," that he had so graciously sent me from Wales, I knew I was seeing genius at work. And I don't use that word lightly. Published in conjunction with an exhibit of Huw's photos and stories featuring his father, Prince, at the Diffusion Festival in Cardiff, Wales, this book is remarkable in every way. I just want more! I am left speechless...and my Instagram followers know how rare that is. Thank you so much, my friend, for sharing this treasure with me. I will never be the same". Patricia Lay-Dorsey (American Photographer)
Further links relating to this project:
- Prince Street: https://thisisprincestreet.co.uk/
- The Creative Bar Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-creative-bar/id1117084025?mt=2
- Buzz Magazine: http://www.buzzmag.co.uk/latest-digital-edition/
- Photograd - Scaffold to the Moon: https://www.photograd.co.uk/blog/2017/9/22/huw-alden-davies
- Interview in CCQ Issue 8: https://issuu.com/ccqmag/docs/ccq_magazine_issue_8
- Prince Photobook: https://www.photograd.co.uk/photobooks/#/huw-alden-davies/
- Preview of Prince (publication) available at: https://www.huwdaviesphotography.com/prince
- Artist Talk from the opening of 'Where Will I Be', featuring Huw Alden Davies and Walter Waygood click hear: https://www.mixcloud.com/Ffotogallery/where-will-i-be-walter-waygood-huw-alden-davies/
- BildKultur Stuttgart http://www.bildkultur.de/prince_e.html
Risks and challenges
A labour of love, much of the creative work is complete, and although there is still some way to go, it is safe to say that this project will be seen to the end, without compromise.
Although, as with any project of this nature there is always the risk of delay, however, this risk has been minimised by setting targets within a realistic timeframe, and working closely with a team of highly skilled individuals. With over 10 years of experience, it can be assured that any arising complications will be resolved, guaranteeing the production and delivery of a high quality publication filled with care and passion.
And, if you feel a little unsure at any stage don't worry, there will be regular updates to keep you in the loop, informing you of its progress every step of the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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