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Fine art + coffee table hardcover book of the people I've observed and places I've visited over the past 365 days along the East Coast.

Welcome to my Kickstarter Project. My name is Alana Riley and I'm a visual + digital artist living in Rhode Island. Every so often the mood strikes me to watch footage from my childhood, and I find my 3 year old high-pitched voice saying, “Dad! I wanna use the camera! Can I film now?". I don’t know if my parents ever recognized “film” as my first word, but if I were the betting kind, I’d bet “film” was it. The first digital camera I purchased was a Canon PowerShot 2MP for $400. My next camera was a Canon PowerShot 3MP for $300. I soon moved into the Rebel world for $900, and wouldn’t you know, now that I have the highest-quality camera I’ve ever owned at 18MP, my iPhone4 5MP camera is what I use 99% of the time. I’m able to capture people, places and things I otherwise wouldn’t have been prepared to capture. That’s without a doubt what I love the most about mobile photography — there are hardly any limitations. There’s no bulky gear to carry + you can remain inconspicuous to the world around you.

Can a story really be told within a single frame? Absolutely. But it's a very different type of story. There is no beginning, middle or end. You're only given a tiny piece of the puzzle, and it's with that piece you must assemble the full narrative. This book contains 150 of those moments – of tiny pieces that belong to larger stories – each of which has been captured through the medium of mobile photography. I've selected my favorite photos from the past 365 days to be part of this collection. Each photo captures the details people frequently miss in passing, and the texture, color, lighting, motion and movement of those things.

You generous pledges will be used for costs associated with the design + printing process to make the first 100 copies of this self-published book a reality! Once I have the printed copies in hand, I'll be shipping a handful to galleries + reviewers across the U.S and selling the remaining copies to the public online and in local Rhode Island stores. If the demand is there, more shall be printed! I'd love to get the book picked up by a publisher, but one step at a time, and this is definitely a wonderful first step - all thanks to you!. A few of the Backer rewards include getting your name, work and website published in the book, so you should get a decent amount of exposure.

With each pledge level comes something tangible, or something digital that you could print. I want to share with you a piece of my work – something that you can bring into your home and make part of your world.

Here are some snapshots of the prototype of the book (which I just received in the mail!) as well as snapshots of the mobile version of the book.

I'd love to hear from you if you have any feedback or questions, so do feel free to drop me a line. Also, drop by the Project Website to see more shots from the book and a list of Backers. Thank You so very much for taking the time to review this project and for your support!

~Alana

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    Six Pack + eBook :: Six 4 inch signed prints, a hand-written Thank You note from me, an electronic version of the published book for your iPod, iPad or iPhone and the Digital Pack. Shipping included.

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    Small Moleskine :: A hand-stamped "AR" Moleskine Cahier Kraft Pocket Plain Journal (3.5 x 5.5 inches) with a message from me inside, six 4 inch signed prints, an electronic version of the published book for your iPod, iPad or iPhone and the Digital Pack. Outside of U.S. please add $5 for shipping.

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    Autographed Copy :: One autographed + numbered copy of the printed book, an electronic version of the book for your iPod, iPad or iPhone, the Digital Pack, access to exclusive project updates, six 4 inch signed prints, and your name published in the Credits section of the book. Outside of U.S. please add $10 for shipping.

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    The "84" Club :: One autographed + numbered copy of the printed book, an electronic version of the book for your iPod, iPad or iPhone, your name and one of your photos published in the Credits section of the book, one large, high-quality poster (20 x 40 inches) containing 84 project prints, six 4 inch signed prints, the Digital Pack and access to exclusive project updates. Outside of U.S. please add $20 for shipping.

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    The Single :: One autographed + numbered copy of the "500" limited edition printed book, an electronic version of the book for your iPod, iPad or iPhone, your name, website and two of your photos published in the Credits section of the book, one large, high-quality poster (20" x 40") containing 125 project prints, three 8x10 inch signed + matted prints which are unpublished and access to exclusive project updates. Shipping included.

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    The Double :: Two autographed + numbered copies of the "500" limited edition printed book, an electronic version of the book for your iPod, iPad or iPhone, your name, website, a short bio and four of your photos published in the Credits section of the book, two large, high-quality posters (20" x 40") containing 125 project prints, six 8x10 inch signed + matted prints which are unpublished and access to exclusive project updates. Shipping included.

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    One-on-One :: If you're located near Rhode Island and are interested in mobile photography, consider this reward hand-crafted just for you. You will get everything listed in The Double, but instead of the "500" edition you will receive the "1000" edition. You'll also get a 5-hour working session with me in downtown Providence. I'll share tips, techniques and best practices, demo the apps I use to process my photos, and discuss how you can get your work noticed in the digital world. Up to 10 of the photos you snap will be published in my next book, which will focus on people in their natural element, shot in black and white. You will get one limited edition autographed copy of that as well (September 2012). On the day of our working session I will give you all of your goodies in person. I've listed this reward as being delivered in March, but if another time works better that's fine by me. Thank You!

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