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Imagine if holiday memories could exist outside of Facebook. Holiday Notes is an erratic travel guide, photo album & journal to enjoy.
Imagine if holiday memories could exist outside of Facebook. Holiday Notes is an erratic travel guide, photo album & journal to enjoy.
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The Book

Imagine if holiday memories could exist somewhere outside of Facebook.

In September-October 2015 I travelled to eight cities across the world for a holiday (Sheung Wan, London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cinque Terre, Madrid, Copenhagen, Tokyo). I work as a food and lifestyle photographer here in Sydney so naturally my camera and one single lens accompanied me and as a result I accidentally treated the trip somewhat as work, for better or for worse. Instead of posting the photos on Facebook, I made a 290 page book.

Holiday Notes: Notes From a Holiday is a chronological book: part photo album, part eclectic travel guide, part blog post, part journal. It's 290 pages of big photography with notes, captions, and the odd essay – a fun one-off publication for those who enjoy food and travel which doesn't take itself too seriously. These are concise "reviews" (spoiler: I liked everything (almost)) and photo essays of over 70 things I ate and places I visited with writing ranging from a couple of sentences to a few paragraphs. It's for people who prefer photo after photo rather than walls and walls of text. From drunk food to fine food, from coffee bars to beer bars, I believe a nice cross-section has been covered. You won't find the meaning of life here, it won't provide enlightenment or eternal wisdom, but you will be able to track down the best panna cotta in Manarola. Yes, these are some cities from only one person's perspective, but this is my point of difference. It's the personal touch of exalting a neighbourhood restaurant on the other side of the world for offering traditional street food I'd never seen anywhere outside of family meals, how some rotisserie chicken made me feel complete again, or how I lost my shit at the famed Noma in Copenhagen.

Sharing experiences is an important part of life, and sharing them in a tangible format these days falls under the category of either rarity or novelty. While the notion of a return to the analogue lifestyle by way of "bespoke" objects isn't a new idea, well, here I am, spruiking that very ideal as basis for this project. At the very least you'll have a fun time reading through this (I hope), and maybe it will make a nice Christmas gift for that person in your life who yearns for pictures of the elsewhere. And also food. Lots of food.

I shoot for restaurants and city guides, I write smarmy things on my blog, so making something of my own seemed like a natural progression – self-publishing as a challenging personal project. If I don't make my goal it will be a shame, but I'm proud of myself nonetheless for seeing a project through from start to finish.

Rewards

Such an insignificant memoir in the greater scheme of the universe is a tough sell, and such a large book printed locally isn't the cheapest option (I crunched many numbers and edited this thing in attempts to reduce the price and this is as low as it could go). That's why I've included the option of some heavily reduced art prints, for the person who has everything! They're all brightly coloured and printed on high quality Canson Rag Photographique paper to suit any blank wall: something for your mum, something for your pal. All photos were taken on this holiday. No holiday notes, just holiday photos. 

You can also purchase a photo session for yourself, or your small business! You can find more of my work at alanadimou.com should you wish to deem me worthy (or not).

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This is a not-for-profit project – all I'm hoping is to break close to even. I would be elated to sell just over 100 books – the additional portion of my target figure is to cover Kickstarter's fees, and only some of the postage (Australia Post is not kind and I'm happy to wear part of the cost or deliver some personally considering the overall price).

Thank you for your support!

If there is anything else you'd like to know about this project, or see more of what it looks like on the inside, please do not hesitate in getting in touch. 

Risks and challenges

The book is designed, all that needs to be done is hit print. I want these out by Christmas, and I am allowing enough time for proofing, printing and postage. What could possibly go wrong? All backup drives failing? A printing catastrophe? Maybe, but let's hope that doesn't occur.

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    Thank you!

    A handwritten limited edition postcard featuring a photo outtake is heading your way.

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    A4 Art Print

    Printed on Canson Rag Photographique, you will receive one A4 art print of your choice between:
    Glacier
    Manarola
    Amsterdam Cheese Plate
    Shimokitazawa
    Vendo
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    Please specify which print you would like upon purchase so I can organise the moment this campaign ends! You'll also receive a postcard/note to say thanks. Includes delivery within Australia. Please contact me for a quote for international shipping.

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    Holiday Notes

    You will be the first to receive Holiday Notes! Just shorter than A4 and at around 300 pages, this book features big photography and a few notes and thoughts covering over 70 venues across Sheung Wan, London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cinque Terre, Madrid, Copenhagen and Tokyo. Erratic travel guide? Journal of international feels? Either way I think it will look nice on your coffee table. You'll also receive a postcard/note to say thanks. Includes delivery within Australia. Please contact me for a quote for international shipping.

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    Holiday Notes + A4 Art Print

    You will receive one copy of Holiday Notes and one A4 art print of your choice! Please let me know which ones you'd like upon purchase so I can organise the moment this campaign ends! You'll also receive a postcard/note to say thanks. Includes shipping within Australia.

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    3x A4 Art Prints

    I hope you've got space on those walls at home! You'll receive three A4 art prints of your choice. Please let me know which ones you'd like upon purchase so I can organise the moment this campaign ends! You'll also receive a postcard/note to say thanks. Includes shipping within Australia.

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    Holiday Notes + A4 Art Print Collection

    Hey big spender! You'll receive one copy of Holiday Notes as well as one of each A4 art prints. You'll also receive a postcard/note to say thanks. Includes shipping within Australia.

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    Photography Package

    Need photos? Of your small business, your dog, or yourself? I'll pay you a visit for a 2 hour photo session in the new year. You'll also receive a copy of Holiday Notes.

    Note: location must be a one hour drive within Sydney.

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