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About

I'm John Huntington, a Brooklyn-based photographer who’s lived in New York City for more than 25 years. Last year I did a Kickstarter to fund a 2016 Coney Island photo calendar, and since it went so well and was so much fun, I've decided to do it again. This year, in addition to making a Coney Island calendar, I'm also going to produce a Rockaway Beach calendar!

Sample Calendar
Sample Calendar

I grew up in a really small, rural town, but every summer we would spend a week at the beach. So the ocean--and especially the NYC beaches--has long been a source of endless fascination, escape, drama and even adventure for me, and I've been shooting in both Coney and Rockaway in all seasons for years. 

As a photographer, Coney is such a fascinating intersection of the city and nature, of the sea and the sky. I’m drawn to the colors of the amusement district and how it looks so different as the sun sets. And it’s so amazing to see people from every background all having a good time on a summer night there.

I remember distinctly in the pre-Google maps 1990’s riding my bicycle out from where I was then living in Manhattan to see the ocean, and stumbling onto the Rockaway Beach boardwalk - I really felt like I had landed in a different world. Just this year the Rockaway boardwalk was finally restored-almost four years after being destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. But since the area hasn't had amusements or roller coasters for many years, it's a very different scene, and much more laid back vibe, even though it’s very much still part of the city. Rockaway is also kind of unusual for the eastern US in that it has a south-facing ocean beach, and of course Jamaica bay to the north. As a photographer, the light and the sky--and especially the sunsets--are just endlessly beautiful and fascinating. It’s an amazing place.

This year, I'm running the Kickstarter a bit earlier so that I can have the calendars available to sell for the holiday season. And these calendars will also be special for Kickstarter backers--they will actually be 15 month calendars that start in October 2016.  I also created a reward for people who don't want to have a printed calendar but would like to have a high quality print of one of my photos.

Sample calendar Close Up
Sample calendar Close Up

The calendar specs: 11" wide x 8.5" high (closed), 11" wide x 17" high (open) 100# unlaminated white cover stock 100# white gloss interior text stock, White wire-o binding, Covers .375" at the top of the cover image and bottom of interior images, Hole punched in photo .25" from top edge.

Check out my photo portfolio here to see choices for the prints.  

Note for returning backers: I wasn't able to get the same deal with last year's printer, so this year I'm using a different company.  So the calendars won't quite be the same quality as last time, but from my test calendars their print quality is very good. The photo prints, of course, are full resolution high quality.

Risks and challenges

I have most of the photos already shot, so the only risk I can anticipate is a failure by the printer to deliver, which is unlikely.

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    Coney Island Calendar

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    Print Of Your Choice (no calendar)

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    Coney Island AND Rockaway Calendars

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    All the Things Package!

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    Ultimate Package!

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