Cars in the Wild: San Francisco
A photo book featuring the classic cars parked on the streets of San Francisco by designer and car enthusiast Mike Mulvey.
Mike Mulvey is a San Francisco-based graphic designer, photographer, and car enthusiast with two successfully-funded Kickstarter projects under his belt. The first project, Bicycles for Our Minds, was a limited edition, screen-printed poster series illustrating the Steve Jobs quote, “the computer is like a bicycle for our minds”. The second, Charms, Quivers & Parades, was a 2-volume children’s book exploring the intriguing names of animal groups through illustration and typography.
Cars in the Wild: San Francisco, Volume 1 includes select photos Mike shot from 2015 to 2018. It looks at San Francisco through the lens of the old cars parked all over the city. The cars featured in this book are real cars, driven by real people, and parked on the street. They have rust. They have wear. They have tears.
Mike started photographing cars when he moved to the East Village, NYC in 2000. Over the years he has continued his creative habit and in 2015 he dedicated his Instagram account - @combusionchamber - exclusively to shots of cars he discovers on the streets of San Francisco (and anywhere he visits).
Spreads from the book:
The book has been a labor of love for Mike and he's gone back and meticulously edited all the original, high resolution photos from his archives. Every image you see was shot on either an iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone X.
BOOK TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
- dimensions: 11 in x 8.5 in landscape orientation (22.9 cm x 15.2 cm)
- over 200 pages
- over 250 photographs
- paper: 80# white Titan dull book
- linen-wrapped, foil-stamped hardcover with a full color dust jacket
In addition to getting the full collection of car shots in the book, Mike wanted give people the option of picking out shots of individual cars. Maybe you're a Chevy fanatic, or maybe you have a thing for BMW 2002's. This is your chance to get gorgeous photo prints of your favorite internal combustion rides.
(When this project gets funded you will receive a survey at which point you can specify which photos you would like)
In addition to carspotting, Mike loves screen-printing t-shirts by hand in his studio. The pistons illustration on this shirt came from an 1950s booklet Mike's dad gave to him when Mike was in college. It was called, A Power Primer. It explained and diagrammed how an internal combustion engine works. This booklet inspired Mike's creative identity as 'The Combustion Chamber' (thecombustionchamber.com) that he's been using for over 18 years.
Like many of the cars featured in the book, these Alternative Apparel shirts are slightly distressed, giving them a worn, vintage feel.
(When this project gets funded you will receive a survey at which point you can specify shirt type and size)
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges are few for this project. This isn't Mike's first time with self-publishing. He's using the same printer that made his last successful children's book series, Gorham Printing in Washington. He's also brought in two good friends who are writers to help edit.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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