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A photography book documenting the community’s account of the devastating 2014 floods and their legacy in Somerset, UK.
232 backers pledged £10,542 to help bring this project to life.

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The Aim

To produce a beautiful hardback, cloth bound, black and white photographic book to document the devastating Somerset floods of 2014. 

I am from Somerset and at the beginning of this year my local community was submerged in the worst floods in living memory. Sixteenth century houses flooded for the first time and villages remained under water for up to 2 months. The agencies responsible fought a war over who was to blame and the community was mostly left to organise its own relief effort. The book will be a historical record of the community's struggle and subsequent recovery. Images of the floods will be captioned by those whose lives have become irreconcilably joined to the water table of Somerset. 

Buddy and Henry on the road
Buddy and Henry on the road

The pledges

We are asking for pledges for this project so we can print the book this summer. It is important for the story of the floods and the community's account to be told at a time when the future of the levels and the management of the waterways are still under discussion.

Flooding in Burrowbridge
Flooding in Burrowbridge

The Photographer

Matilda Temperley is a professional photographer. At the beginning of 2014 her 99 year old grandfather's house and her father’s barns and farmland were covered by 3ft of water. In an attempt to increase the press attention to this man-made disaster Matilda began documenting the floods and the effects on the community. Matilda's images and account of the floods has been used in the UK by amongst others the BBC, The Times, The Telegraph, The Observer, The Guardian, Yahoo, The Daily Mail and The NFU as well as various international publications.

The Book Specifications

Photography by Matilda Temperley with a foreword by Michael Eavis of Glastonbury Festival fame. The hardback book will be bound in real cloth which will be foil blocked with a printed dust cover. It will over  100 pages with rich black and white images created through quadtone lithographic printing on award winning bulky textured and coated cartridge paper. It will be 280 mm by 230 mm. 

The Video

Courtesy of Westcountry news. Thanks to ITV and David Woodland for allowing us to use the video they made during the floods.

A flooded graveyard, Moorland
A flooded graveyard, Moorland
          
A flooded car Muchelney
A flooded car Muchelney
Muchelney floods
Muchelney floods
65 square miles of flooding
65 square miles of flooding
Moorland Church
Moorland Church
Julian in Thorney
Julian in Thorney
The taxi boat taking children to school
The taxi boat taking children to school
Chris Gray surveying her house
Chris Gray surveying her house

Risks and challenges

Challenges
The challenges we face are various,

The biggest challenge is funding, we hope to get 70% of the printing costs from Kickstarter. Matilda will fund the remaining costs of printing as well as the designing costs and hopes to recover these through selling the book.

Another challenge we have is to distribute the book once printed. We will raise local awareness through the close-knit community and have begun conversations with local bookstores for stocking.

Finally we are busy collecting and curating the stories of the the flood affected community and the flood experts to make sure the book is a balanced account of the devastating floods.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $6

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    Pledge £150 or more About $187

    We will send you a limited edition 16 by 23 inches art print (2 images each in an edition of 10).

    Printed on Platinum Gloss Hanumuhle Fine Art Baryta. Printed in Somerset signed and editioned by Matilda.

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    A days studio portrait shoot with Matilda Temperley Including final A3 fine art print.

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