I've been going to Coney Island for more than 20 years, and even with all the recent changes, the place has retained its gritty charm. It holds a special place in my heart too as a fascinating and thrilling intersection of nature, the city, and all kinds of culture. Over the last few years, I've been shooting Coney Island from every angle I could, and this year I decided to make a photo calendar and try and sell it.
To maintain high print quality, I'm planning to have the calendar done by by a photo printer--AdoramaPix--a few blocks from my apartment right here in Brooklyn. The calendar will be 10" x 10" centerfold (approximately 20" x 10" when open) printed on Canon Premium Luster paper (full details here). They do high quality work, but that means it's expensive. However, if I can order 100, I can get a price break, and get my print cost down to about $15 (plus tax, etc) per calendar.
Here's a test print calendar I had AdoramaPix make:
This is a labor of love, and Kickstarter backers at $25 (plus shipping) are just barely my costs, and some out of pocket expenses (like a consultation from a photo editor).
When the calendars are available, I plan to meet at a bar here in NYC and invite all the backers. If you pick up your reward in person, I will refund the shipping costs from your pledge.
Risks and challenges
I have enough Coney Island photos from all seasons today to make a calendar. I plan to shoot any remaining photos over August, and send the calendar to the printer in early September. Since it's out of my control, the only real risk I could see is if there is a backlog or problem at the printer, but AdoramaPix stands behind their work, and since they're local I can inspect all the calendars before shipping.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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