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Art Nudes in Pristine Island Landscape: 100+ image autographed photobook, HD documentary, limited edition prints, album, card sets
Art Nudes in Pristine Island Landscape: 100+ image autographed photobook, HD documentary, limited edition prints, album, card sets
Art Nudes in Pristine Island Landscape: 100+ image autographed photobook, HD documentary, limited edition prints, album, card sets
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Art Nude Photobook: Pink Sands Explores Unspoiled Landscape

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We've all had moments of first discovering something breathtakingly beautiful: a panorama or a person. This project is to recreates that experience by combining beautiful models with unspoiled island landscapes.

I am making a photobook with over 100 brilliantly printed fine art nude images, limited edition signed/numbered art prints, and a documentary film about the project.

Pink Sands is a photobook capturing the fascinating combination of beautiful models, pristine ocean views, and amazing lighting, all in visual harmony. The project will be shot on an unspoiled island landscape, located over 200 miles into the Atlantic. Funds raised will be use for travel and processing rewards.

The Photobook $25-$88

Pink Sands will be a 100+ image art photobook published in 2016 as a series of visual themes, each introduced with an essay. It will have many full-page images, will be self-published and available on my website. Printed in the US and UK.

Three formats will be produced:

  • Hardcover 8.5×11 inches (22×28 cm). Autographed. Printed on premium 70# paper. 100+ images. Plus 125 digital bonus images. 
  • Softcover 8.5×11 inches (22×28 cm). Printed on premium 70# paper. 100+ images. Plus 25 digital bonus images. 
  • E-book 8.5×11 inches (22×28 cm). high-resolution (200ppi). Same image content as printed books. 100+ images. Plus 10 digital bonus images.

All of the above will contain the same content of 100+ images. Physical book rewards include access to the ebook as well.

Like None Before It

I’ve made photobooks before but this is the first time with a dedicated team of models, with the opportunity to shoot on a remote island for an intense week. The project has already attracted quite a few high-calibre models. We have access to a highly sought-after location, with pink sand beaches, pristine ocean, and breathtaking vistas. 

By spending a whole week based in the same house on a small island, we will be free of distractions and schedule conflicts. We will work from sun up to sun down (and beyond). I conservatively estimate creating seven thousand art nude images, more than of my previous projects. From this massive compilation I will choose the very best for publication. The whole process will be documented for the behind-the-scenes film that backers will watch. I invite you to join us on this visual journey.

Creative Process

The book will contain 100% new images, to be shot in May 2016. Water, sand and light make intriguing patterns and are especially interesting when combined with the human form. The models will pose in various combinations and locations, together and individually with a strong emphasis on composition and aesthetics.  I am bringing a waterproof camera housing and special lighting for underwater nudes. After the week of shooting, the work has just begun. I will spend several weeks to choose the photos, edit, and create the book. 

This is a nature preserve. The Pink Sands location has 1/100 as many human visitors
This is a nature preserve. The Pink Sands location has 1/100 as many human visitors
Nothing motivates artists like the perfect location
Nothing motivates artists like the perfect location
                
Plenty of models have applied to participate
Plenty of models have applied to participate
We will be surrounded by water
We will be surrounded by water
The effects of light on water offer endless possibilities
The effects of light on water offer endless possibilities

The project has also attracted the interest of many new models.

Deluxe, Oversized, Autographed Album

Albums are the highest quality bound compilations I make. The pages are super-rich, 140-pound pearl glossy paper and sized at 11x13 inches (28x33cm). Laid open on the coffee table, the hardcover album is a mammoth 26-inch (66cm) presentation. The ProPhoto Lustre-Finish paper made by Mohawk has a glossier finish and has the heavy feel of a portfolio of photographic prints. The album is a black linen hardcover with a full color, glossy dust jacket and colored endpapers. Twenty-six pages of striking images printed in extraordinary quality, rich deep colors, dark blacks, and delicate tones. The images in the album are different from the regular book.

I will personally sign in white paint pen on the front inside flap of the dust jacket, and also add a second signature on the front endpaper. Each album will be numbered in the order that you pledge. Maximum of 25 to ever be made.

Albums will arrive in a reusable clear protective acid-free sleeve. They will be shipped bubble-wrapped, enclosed in cardboard, and fully insured with replacement of any damaged albums guaranteed.

Deluxe, Oversized, Autographed Album $295

Oversized album + hardcover book $383

Special Edition Promo Cards

Cards are on heavy stock, approximately 4x6 inches (postcard). There are eleven card designs, as follows:

  • Project promo card, autographed by your choice of model. Design concept shown below. Thank-you message and product details on the back. Sent in an envelope via first-class mail when purchased separately. Sent in the box when ordered with other autographed items.
  • Set of ten images, a different one on each card, to be designed after the shoot. Project-related text on the back.

Bonus Images

Bonus images are great photos that don't make it into the regular book for any number of reasons. Maybe they don't fit with any of the chosen themes or are a bit too racey. Also be some behind-the-scenes.

  • Bonus images are in addition to what is included in the book. They are high-resolution (200ppi and higher), downloadable.
  • With ebook: 10 bonus images
  • With paperback: 25 bonus images
  • With all hardcovers: 125 bonus images
  • With ebonus or digital suite: 125 bonus images
  • With album: 150 bonus images
  • Autograph seeker and collector packages: 150 bonus images
  • Producer packages: 450 bonus images (all of them)

Want to add even more bonus images?

  • Add 100 bonus images to any reward: $50
  • Add 200 bonus images to any reward: $100
  • Add 300 bonus images to any reward: $150

Everything Digital 550 Images: 100-image ebook, HD video,  450 bonus images. Delivered on USB flashdrive. $235

Documentary Film

  • 60-90 minutes long.
  • Shot on high definition 1080p video.
  • Downloadable. Optional delivery on USB drive available for additional cost ($10 US, $15 international shipping).
  • Included in $65 digital suite.
  • Also included in all rewards of $98 and higher.

The film is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the project. Chosen from the best 60-90 minutes of footage, it will center on shooting, but also illustrate the preparation, travel, and production activities. Although  the documentary will contain footage of the nude photo shoots, the goal is to satisfy intellectual curiosity; the documentary will not be gratuitous. It will feature photographer and models thanking high-level backers (see reward details) both verbally and in credits.

Digital Suite (ebook+125 bonus images+film): $65 download.

Note: if you want physical delivery of the digital suite, add $20 for a mailed USB/flash drive.

Autographed Hardcover + Digital Suite: $98

Exclusive Backers-Only Blog

In addition to Kickstarter updates, I will post to a private area of my website, just for project backers. I will include a number of extras, such as personal video "thank you" messages from me and the models. These will be addressed by first name (or your preferred nickname) and will be given to top-level backers as well as a few backers chosen at random.

Collector Packages

Autograph Seeker: $128

  • Autographed hardcover book. Includes a reusable, clear, protective, acid-free, memorabilia sleeve. 
  • All eleven promo cards (1 model autographed, 1 photographer autographed).  In a reusable storage package.
  • Total 3 signatures on above items.
  • HD documentary film download.
  • 150-image bonus download.
  • Ebook.
  • Your name in acknowledgements of book (optional).

Big Collector

  • Autographed hardcover photobook with 100+ images on premium paper. Includes a reusable clear protective acid-free memorabilia sleeve.
  • Deluxe, oversize, autographed photo album.
  • All eleven promo cards (1 model autographed, 1 photographer autographed). In a reusable storage package.
  • Total 4 signatures on above items.
  • HD documentary film download, 150-image bonus download, Ebook.
  • Your name in acknowledgements of book, album and documentary film.

Major Collector

  • Same as big collector (above) plus:
  • 16x24 inch (41x61 cm) giclée limited edition print ($225 value).

Super Collector

  • Same as big collector (above) plus: 
  • 20x30 inch (51x76 cm) giclée limited edition print ($500 value).

Executive Producer

Get credit in the book, album, and documentary film as an executive producer. You can have some input over what goes into the book by choosing from various options. I will also work with you on selecting what becomes a limited edition print. Your level of participation in this respect is, of course, optional.

The executive producer receives:

  • A live thank you message from the whole team via Skype or phone call (depends on Internet connectivity from the island) 
  • Autographed hardcover photobook with 100+ images on premium paper .
  • Deluxe, oversize, autographed photo album.
  • A set of autographed promo cards, one from each model.
  • 10-card set, each one autographed by the photographer.
  • Your name in acknowledgements of book, album and documentary.
  • A 16x24 inch (41x61 cm) with your input on which image is used
  • A second 16x24 inch (41x61 cm) with your input on which image is used
  • A 20x30 inch (51x76 cm) with your input on which image is used

Limited Edition Giclée Prints

These are museum-quality prints, ready to frame and hang on your wall. These archival prints will last many generations. Signed and numbered by the artist. Choose from any of several designs produced from the project. In the event you want to substitute another design of the same size, you may choose one from my print gallery. Prints will be available in the following sizes:

  • 16x24 inches, Three or more designs to choose from after the shoot, each edition limited to 10 impressions.
  • 20x30 inches, Three or more designs to choose from after the shoot, each edition limited to 10 impressions.

Prints are included with the upper level rewards. If you want only a print, contact me. In the unlikely event a design is oversubscribed, preference will be based on first-to-pledge.

Existing 16x20 print design (Breeze Cloth)
Existing 16x20 print design (Breeze Cloth)
Existing 20x30 print (One Tree Beach)
Existing 20x30 print (One Tree Beach)

Reward Combos

Want a specific reward combination? Just tell me and I'll set it up. After pledging for your first reward, return to the project page and click, "manage my pledge" to add funds for additional rewards.

The Location

We will be conducting the photo shoot on a small "out island" of The Bahamas. Over 40 miles from Nassau, this 3.5 mile island is remote, away from 99.9% of tourists, and has been used for world-class photo shoots and artists. We will be going on daily excursions to pink coral sand beaches, rocky cliffs with crashing waves, blowholes, and other spectacular natural formations to use in the photo shoots. There are old docks, rustic ropes and other relics.

We will stay at a house owned by an art lover who is doing this in exchange for some of my art. This Kickstarter will raise money for travel and production costs (rental car, airfare, and printing your books. We'll buy our own food.) We will drive from Charleston to Miami, then fly 220 miles (354 km) to the island. Once there, I will be constantly shooting, brainstorming with models, backing up files, recharging equipment, cleaning off sand, and preparing to go out and do it again. The pink sand beaches may be the most memorable visual but there are too many nearby shoot locations to post photos of all of them, here are a few:

A view favored by painters and photographers
A view favored by painters and photographers
Many places to explore off the beaten path
Many places to explore off the beaten path
Imagine a model up here (I will make it happen)
Imagine a model up here (I will make it happen)

Acknowledgements

Every backer has the option to be acknowledged somewhere. We can mention your full name, first name, or you can be anonymous. It may be on a web page, the book, or a model doing a shout-out in the documentary film credits. Some rewards guarantee a specific form of thank-you in the book, album or documentary. Everyone who wants to be acknowledged will receive credit for backing the project.

Autographed Copies

All hardcover books and oversized albums will all be autographed.

Missed a past book I created? The first 5 backers to request a signed hardcover(s) from my previous Kickstarters can add $85 for each additional title of Bella Nuda, Square Nudes, ALT Color, Ava's Journey, Coastal Nudes, or Industrial Nudes.

More Image Samples

I'm maintaining a project image gallery for convenience.

Risks and challenges

With international travel, there are always challenges. However I am a seasoned traveler (37 countries visited) and a thorough planner. I also have a local contact in The Bahamas. If a model gets sick at the last minute, there are several ready to take her place. I am bringing multiple cameras, backup hard drives, and planning for other contingencies.

I have a proven track record on Kickstarter with hundreds of satisfied backers. I have always handled each challenge with backers' satisfaction in mind. I am dedicated and meticulous. I will not rest until I have produced a beautiful product.

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