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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, July 2 2019 6:59 AM UTC +00:00.

€3,942
pledged of €8,500pledged of €8,500 goal
56
backers
15days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, July 2 2019 6:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About


Descriptive Anatomy

is an analog photographic series by Verena Frye that portrays tattooed hands.

Hands of Emily Malice
Hands of Emily Malice

I sometimes saw pictures of friends or people—just of their hands—and I realized I recognized them from only seeing their hands. I approached this project with a question: How much anonymity do you retain after having your hands tattooed? How much of your personality do you show through your hands especially when they are marked in this way?

Hands of Monami Frost
Hands of Monami Frost

To give every photograph another level of personality and identity I asked every person to chose an object that they think represents them somehow or that they like.

They chose all kinds of different things from more serious ones to very light-hearted objects.

I chose the name Descriptive Anatomy because it used to be a traditional form of medical method which looked at the exterior of a person in order to understand what was going on inside of them.

So when you look at every photograph, how much do you think will you learn about the person behind the hands? 

Hands of Lars-Uwe 'Lus Lips' Jensen
Hands of Lars-Uwe 'Lus Lips' Jensen

I am very grateful for all the amazing personalities who I was able to meet due to this project and who made this series possible.

I photographed all kinds of different people from over 15 countries and to have them united in this book will be a great satisfaction for me.

Verena Frye shooting Ricki Hall's hands
Verena Frye shooting Ricki Hall's hands

I’ve been working on this project since 2013. It was my first uni project and I’ve never stopped since. 

All photographs were taken with an analog medium format Mamiya 645 camera and black and white film. 

Behind The Scenes
Behind The Scenes

Now I need your support and engagement to make all these years of work worth it and see it completed in a book!

The Book

  The book will have

  • - a minimum of 100 photographs and 200 pages
  • - text in English, German and Portuguese
  • - a size of approx. 33x24 cm
  • - will be signed by Verena Frye

Rewards

The 'Bloody Hand' T-shirt

You can also purchase this t-shirt made of 100% cotton to support the project! It has an analog 35mm photo showing tattoo artist Finn Laudwein’s palm printed on the back and the script on the front. (Please note this photo is not part of the Descriptive Anatomy book.)

BACK 100% cotton | available in unisex sizes XS-XL | digital print | model is wearing size L
BACK 100% cotton | available in unisex sizes XS-XL | digital print | model is wearing size L
FRONT 100% cotton | available in unisex sizes XS-XL | digital print | model is wearing size L
FRONT 100% cotton | available in unisex sizes XS-XL | digital print | model is wearing size L

The 'Matchstick' Tote Bag

has a Descriptive Anatomy photo and script printed on it. The photographed hands are tattoo artist Laura ‘The Girl With The Matchsticks’ Yahna's.

100% cotton | 70cm long handles
100% cotton | 70cm long handles

The 'Polly' XL Postcard

'Hands of Polly Ellens' will be printed on the XL postcard and signed by Verena Frye
'Hands of Polly Ellens' will be printed on the XL postcard and signed by Verena Frye

The Prints

All Descriptive Anatomy photographs are printed on 'Hahnemühle 310gsm Photo Rag Satin' archival grade fine art paper. 

They are

  • signed and numbered
  • limited to 12 + AP in 30x40cm 
  • limited to 3 + AP in 65x50 cm

I can chose a photograph for you or you can let me know if you already know which print you would like to purchase. You can also message me to see if there is a specific object you would like to have on the print, someone might be holding it in the book!

Please note: prints are limited, so please message me if you have a specific desired print, to see if it's still available!

Limited 30x40 photograph of 'Hands of Janna Mach' hanging in her studio in Bavaria
Limited 30x40 photograph of 'Hands of Janna Mach' hanging in her studio in Bavaria
Limited 30x40 photograph of 'Hands of Magda Hanke' hanging in her home in Hamburg
Limited 30x40 photograph of 'Hands of Magda Hanke' hanging in her home in Hamburg

Cost Breakdown

The money raised in the kickstarter campaign will be used for:

  • the printing and production of the book
  • the designing and layout of the book
  • the lithographer so I can provide the best quality printing and representation of the photographs in the book
  • production of all the additional rewards (postcards, prints, t-shirts, tote bags)
  • the shipping costs and packaging materials
  • Kickstarter takes 5%, plus another 3-5% for payment processing

Unless this project really takes off, all of the years I've already spent: shooting, editing, developing, writing, filming, traveling and scanning, plus the time required for overseeing the design and production of the books and hand-finishing and packaging of the books and rewards -- will have been a labour of love and passion.

Special Thanks to Ali Naddafi for the Kickstarter- Video!


 About Verena Frye 

Verena Frye | photo by Romy Birkigt
Verena Frye | photo by Romy Birkigt

Verena Frye is a 27 year old German-Brazilian fashion and portrait photographer based in Berlin and São Paulo. She grew up in Berlin and graduated in photography at Lette-Verein in 2016. After that she completed an internship with the photographer Rankin in London.  Now she is working as a freelance photographer.

Descriptive Anatomy 

was Verena Frye's first uni project in 2013 which she continues working on to this day. In 2014 she did an exhibition with the first 20 photographs at Schwarzes Café in Berlin-Charlottenburg and is now looking forward to release a book with all the photographs she has been taken for the series in the past years.

Article about Descriptive Anatomy in Tattoo Life Magazine:

 https://www.tattoolife.com/descriptive-anatomy-verena-frye-individuality-art/ 

Risks and challenges

The main risk of crowdfunding is that you might not achieve your fund-goal, so I need as much support as possible, not only financially but also for promotion!
If we manage to raise the fund goal there is always the possibility of something not going as planned such as delays with designing, delivery etc., but if anything unforeseen happens I will promise to keep my backers informed as the project progresses.

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    XL Postcard

    receive a signed 21x15 cm 'Hands of Polly Ellens' XL postcard. It's almost like a little print!
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    'Matchstick' Tote Bag

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    - 70 cm long handles
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    'Bloody Hand' T-Shirt

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    The Descriptive Anatomy Book

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    The Book + Tote Bag Bundle

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    30x40cm limited print of your choice

    You may chose one 30x40cm limited print of your choice (as long as it's not sold out).
    Please send me a message with the hands/object of your choice or I can chose one for you.
    -All Descriptive Anatomy photographs are printed on 'Hahnemühle 310gsm Photo Rag Satin' archival grade fine art paper.
    -Limited to only 12+AP per photograph
    -Signed and numbered

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    -Signed and numbered
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    -Limited to only 3+AP in this size!
    -Signed and numbered

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    Hand Shooting with Verena Frye

    Get your very own Descriptive Anatomy photograph shot by Verena Frye!
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    You'll have the option of having your name printed in the book's acknowledgments!
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    Analog Portrait Shoot with Verena Frye

    Get a portrait session with Verena Frye!
    She will use the same medium format analog camera she used for the Descriptive Anatomy photos. You can chose between black and white and colour film.
    You'll receive two limited 30x40cm fine art prints of your portraits and also a limited Descriptive Anatomy print.
    You'll have the option of having your name printed in the book's acknowledgments
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