Media Update: Tune in to Fox & Friends March 10th, 2015 to see Devin Mitchell talk about the project live on air.
GOAL! Basic manufacturing and publishing costs have now been covered. You can still pre-order your original copy of Volume 1 before it gets pressed and bound, which will tremendously further this project.
Lets get this project funded to 60k so that we can include veterans from all around the entire United States and not just the West Coast (which is where Brad and I live). Please head on over to our sleek new website www.veteranvisionproject.com and click on "REGISTER" if you are a military veteran and would like to be photographed.
In August of 2014, I was thinking of ways to apply to grad school and began taking photos of veterans in their home mirrors. I would take two portraits: one in uniform, and one in clothes that the veteran felt represented their civilian self. I then composited the two photographs into one photo illustration showing the intersection of their two identities (find photos and more info here on my website).
I was surprised when the initial images went viral and floored when mainstream media picked up the story and broadcasted it nationwide. As a result of this exposure, over the past seven months, I've teamed up with one of my best friends, Brad Ivanchan, to have the honor of photographing many veterans from all walks of life. The veterans who have participated have, in turn, helped me find even more candidates.
I’m very excited to get this project into photo book form so more people can see the amazing stories of these veterans. Also, this book is a great commemorative piece for any veteran family or household.
Since its start last summer, this project has grown from a simple photo essay into a community art project. As I've continued taking these photos and meeting with veterans, I've had requests from veterans and supporters for a chance to buy these photos in a tangible form. I've decided to oblige and create a photo book with at least a selection of 200 images from the collection.
My main goal is to raise enough money to create a hardcover, full-color photo book. If we are successful and raise more money than the original ask, I will travel to more veterans and take additional photos for the book (up to the cut-off date of the publication).
Please help support the campaign so we can create this photo book and tell the diverse stories of our veterans.
For those who would like to see more photos of this kind and for veterans who wish to register to be photographed, please visit my official website: www.veteranvisionproject.com. You can also find this project on Instagram and Facebook.
Risks and challenges
We are using a printing service that comes highly recommended. Still, there is a chance of printing delays or printing errors with large photo books. If this happens, we will send a message with details of delays to backers while working to correct the issue.
If we have a very large number of orders, delivery of the books could be delayed as a much larger printing run would be required. If this happens, we will contact backers to let them know when they will receive their books. If the number is sufficiently large, we will split the printing order into multiple orders. Backers entitled to a signed copy and early backers will receive their books from the first shipment. Later shipments will be sent out as they are available. All Kickstarter backers would still receive a first edition copy as soon as we could get it into their hands.
Regardless of what challenges we face, I am dedicated to this project and will ensure we create a quality book in a timely manner to share the stories of our veterans.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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