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About this project

Analog.Cafe is more than just a blog. It is the collaborative publication platform FOR THE FILM PHOTOGRAPHY COMMUNITY.

  • Anyone can submit images, photo essays and articles through the beautiful, easy to use web app. No more complicated, ugly forms.
  • Featured images are listed in a special database. From there they can be re-published by others. This gives more exposure to the original photographer and facilitates effortless collaboration.
  • Every submission goes through a careful editorial process. Together, we build a remarkable and lasting experience for thousands of visitors from around the world.
Homepage for Analog.Cafe is almost ready!
Homepage for Analog.Cafe is almost ready!

I've been designing and building websites since 1999. I've been in love with art for even longer.

Exhibiting creative works online has its advantages and limitations. A few of us manage to reach millions cheaply and efficiently. But most of the time, our work gets lost in a sea of content, fighting for viewer attention.

Over the past few years I became obsessed with the tactile art of analog photography and the friendly, welcoming community behind it. The same community that persuaded manufacturing giants like Fuji and Kodak to make film again.

With Analog.Cafe I aim to create the best place for the images and the stories that inspired them. My goal is to build a website that advocates the craft and the people behind it – beyond what Twitter or Instagram hashtags can do. To create an environment where deserving art gets the best possible presentation and lasting attention.

From the video: "Finn is working on a photo essay about trains from Sri Lanka"  From the video: "Finn is working on a photo essay about trains from Sri Lanka"
From the video: "Finn is working on a photo essay about trains from Sri Lanka" From the video: "Finn is working on a photo essay about trains from Sri Lanka"

 

From the video: "...He can use Cara's photograph to supplement his photo essay."
From the video: "...He can use Cara's photograph to supplement his photo essay."

 

For this project, I am asking for a relatively small sum of money. It will help me pay for the back-end developers' time and the printing costs for your rewards. Work on the website has already begun, but I do need help with tricky stuff like setting up databases.

I've done most of the work for design, typesetting and layout on the web which will be translated beautifully into print over the next few days.

Text and images... On paper and in print.
Text and images... On paper and in print.

A shortlist of features planned for the custom-built website:

  • Simple and beautiful submission process. Upload your photos with ease. See how your text and images would look on the blog as you type.
  • Link to your website from within your profile page using a prominent button with custom text.
  • Get featured in the curated database of film photographs. Effortlessly collaborate by simply including images from that database in your essays and articles.
  • "Weekly Robot" – every week the most interesting film photography tweet is chosen by our algorithm and posted to Analog.Cafe.
  • Well-designed, well-built, super-fast web interface. It is also an open-source project that welcomes contributions. The technology is available for free to the public.

The website launch is scheduled for August 1, 2017. There are now over a hundred curated submissions which are waiting to be published on day one.

Every contributor profile will feature a large, prominent button with custom text. Authors can create essays with featured images by other photographers.
Every contributor profile will feature a large, prominent button with custom text. Authors can create essays with featured images by other photographers.

 

On Analog.Cafe you will be able to see the text and images as they will appear while you type. Kind of like on Medium.com.
On Analog.Cafe you will be able to see the text and images as they will appear while you type. Kind of like on Medium.com.

 

 

About the "Limited Edition Printed Zine" & perks

What could be a better reward than a well-designed, community-sourced, Kickstarter-exclusive, limited edition printed zine? That same zine with hand-crafted perks of course!

Below are a few samples of what it would look like in your hands:

This is the zine my wife made for me as a gift last year. Your reward will be the same size, with the same hand-bound lining but with even better image selection!
This is the zine my wife made for me as a gift last year. Your reward will be the same size, with the same hand-bound lining but with even better image selection!

 

SUPERB EDITION reward will also come with an instant film photo like this one. It'll be a one-of-a-kind picture from the small city of Chiang Mai, Thailand where I will be working on this project.
SUPERB EDITION reward will also come with an instant film photo like this one. It'll be a one-of-a-kind picture from the small city of Chiang Mai, Thailand where I will be working on this project.

 

SUPERB EDITION reward will come in a very nice envelope with a custom wax seal. So nice!
SUPERB EDITION reward will come in a very nice envelope with a custom wax seal. So nice!

  

SUPERB EDITION reward will also come with a hand-drawn sketch that I used to design or think about the Analog.Cafe concepts.
SUPERB EDITION reward will also come with a hand-drawn sketch that I used to design or think about the Analog.Cafe concepts.

 

ZINE PHOTOGRAPHER & EDITORIAL TEAM

Below are some of the selected photographs, photographers and their respective countries of origin. There will also be stories and articles. In total it'll be over twenty pages of pure bliss! 

"Angles" by Robert Davie, UK
"Angles" by Robert Davie, UK

 

"Purple Universe" by Chi, Japan
"Purple Universe" by Chi, Japan

 

"Maestro", by Oliver Tate, USA
"Maestro", by Oliver Tate, USA

 

"Woop Woop" by dmitrizzle, Canada & Thailand
"Woop Woop" by dmitrizzle, Canada & Thailand

 

"Boys at the Bund" by Lee Webb, UK & China
"Boys at the Bund" by Lee Webb, UK & China

 

"Water in the Sun" by Betty Dai, Canada & Thailand
"Water in the Sun" by Betty Dai, Canada & Thailand

 

"Flying over the Iced Sea" by Ermanno Fissore, Italy
"Flying over the Iced Sea" by Ermanno Fissore, Italy

 

"Mr. Gerok" by Alaz Okudan, Germany
"Mr. Gerok" by Alaz Okudan, Germany

 

  

Please support Analog.Cafe by clicking "Back This Project" button and selecting your reward.

Thank you – and please let me know if you have any questions ❤️ 

 

 

Risks and challenges

In addition to building Analog.Cafe, I am also the Chief Technology Officer at Eureka King/Archie.ai. It is a job that demands my time and attention.
The good news is that I have plenty of experience working on multiple projects simultaneously and successfully. Last year, I've built two websites, hundreds of design concepts and tools for two startups. That same year, I've also travelled to five countries and gotten married!

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    What is it like to build websites? What is it like to build a community? What is it like to travel non-stop and live overseas for half a decade?

    Some questions are better answered in-person (ish). I have experience with all three things mentioned above and more, but this call doesn't have to be all about me. It's about you, your questions and your ideas.

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