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A coffee table book of photographs and stories of people who dreamt of an adventure and escaped their daily lives.
A coffee table book of photographs and stories of people who dreamt of an adventure and escaped their daily lives.
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Bloodhoney* Dreams - A Book of Photos and Stories

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THANK YOU to all the backers! The Kickstarter portion of the campaign is now closed, however, you can still back the project at http://www.bloodhoney.com/bloodhoney-dreams-a-book-of-photos-and-stories 

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

I began taking photographs as a hobby ten years ago, during my studies at UCLA. Twice a year I would drive from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. and back, along Route 40, photographing landscapes. It was a way to disconnect from the daily grind, have a rare moment of solitude, and re-charge for the following six months. This process would later influence my approach to the Bloodhoney* project.

During my travels around the film festival circuit, I met old friends – some of whom I hadn’t seen in many years. Many were rooted in a 9-5 existence, living highly structured, stressful lives. They rarely, if ever, engaged in creative or artistic endeavors. Instead of going to a coffee shop, I proposed that they take a day off, pick a place that has meaning to them, and choose clothes in which they feel like themselves. That was the starting point. From there the idea was to improvise; spontaneity was to be at the heart of the process.

Initially, my friends asked me to give them instructions and sometimes wondered what they were doing there, feeling bored or frustrated. Slowly, their minds began to let go, and they started doing what they felt like: jumping, climbing, wielding props, and taking risks. It felt almost like a return to childhood, physicality took over and the camera was there to capture the energy of the moment, telling a story.

These "séances" sometimes went on for 10-15 hours. They included long hikes through mountains, head-on collisions with hail and snow, walks through swamps and lakes, and quite a few mosquito bites and bruises. 

The experience of the day was most important, not the resulting images. You could never predict what would come of it, and the idea was to let go and let things come together by circumstance. This is very opposite of the notions of safety and caution that we are bombarded with by the current society. Although being in front of the camera while letting go may seem uncomfortable, after these "séances," just about every subject wanted to keep going or do it again. Each shoot was its own unique adventure. The rush of adrenaline and the feeling of being a child again, uninhibited no matter how silly or dangerous, proved to be liberating.

 I called the project "Bloodhoney" in reference to the Balkans, the region I am from. It is a combination of two Turkish words: Bal, meaning “honey” and Kan, meaning “blood.” The name refers to the bittersweet nature of life, the moments of beauty and the sublime spontaneously captured in the photographs.

Below you can watch my TED Talk about this project:

WHY "DREAMS"?

In the first book, entitled "Seance," (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/harun/bloodhoney-seance-a-book-of-photos-and-stories) I told stories of the process behind the photographs, highlighting different aspects of the shoots, and giving the reader a glimpse of the experience each subject went through during their "seance." 

In the second book, entitled "Persona," (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/harun/bloodhoney-persona-a-book-of-photos-and-stories)  focused on my friends who chose to appear at the shoot embodying a character, often wearing a costume.

In this book, I focus on those of my friends who wanted to reenact their dreams, visit places they dreamed of, or were the subject of shoots that took on a dreamlike quality. 


THE BOOK 


    "Dreams" will be a 12x9'' 192-page full-color hardcover book when it’s completed, but this will only happen with your support!

Photographs from the project will be presented in 12×8″ & 13×9″ & 6×9″ as well as 20×9″ formats throughout the book, along with stories about the séances and the people featured in them.

The book will be a Limited Edition release of 1000 copies, and each copy will be numbered and signed by the author. 

Video: A glance at the first book in the series, "Séance," which is identical in size & page count to "Persona" and "Dreams."

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HOW THE RAISED FUNDS WILL BE SPENT

The fundraising goal for the campaign is $35,000

$15,000 (book printing) + $4,000 (book shipping) + $3,000 (photo prints) + $1,000 (print shipping) + $1,000 (editor) + $3,000 (designers) + $6,000 (taxes/kickstarter/stripe fee) + $2,000 (contingency) = $35,000.


 REWARDS


Holding the previous two books, Seance and Persona at the Grand Canyon

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I spent my childhood in Sarajevo,  Bosnia and Herzegovina, a city that was under siege for nearly four  years. Upon the conclusion of the Bosnian War in 1996, I moved to the  United States and began working as a freelance designer.

I earned a  Bachelor of  Arts degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where I  studied screenwriting and theater directing. In 2007, I received a  Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Directing from the American Film  Institute.

My short film, In the Name of the Son, premiered at Telluride Film Festival and won over thirty international awards, including Shanghai, Savannah, and Cleveland film festivals. It was the first live action short film to receive an exclusive screening for the members of  United States Congress on Capitol Hill. In 2009, In the Name of the Son  qualified for an Academy Award in Live Action Short Film category, and  became one of only forty films to be considered for the award.

My portrait photographs in this book series have been exhibited internationally and featured by  publications including Vogue Italia, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, among others.

TEAM

Editor: Michael Juliani

|Michael Juliani is a poet, editor, and writer from Pasadena, California. He edited Skyglow by Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinović, as well as the two previous books in Mehmedinović's Bloodhoney series, Persona and Séance. He has written about the Bloodhoney and Skyglow projects for the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post and Columbia Journal. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in outlets such as Prelude, NECK, Washington Square Review, BOMB, and the Adirondack Review. He has an MFA in poetry from Columbia University, and he lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Designers: Amer Mrzljak & Bojan Hadzihalilovic of FABRIKA, inc.

Fabrika's beginnings go back to 1985, when TRIO design team was founded, but the name FABRIKA did not emerge until 1989, when a group of designers decided to expand their studio into an agency, specializing in design, marketing and advertising. Since 2000, Fabrika has been rated as one of the three biggest full service agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Publisher: The Convington Group, Inc.


PROJECT LINKS

Official Website: http://www.bloodhoney.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/blood.honey.by.harun.mehmedinovic

TED Talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya-KUHvRxq8


PRESS

The Huffington Post "Photographer Harun Mehmedinovic Seeks the Sublime With Bloodhoney* Book Project" - https://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-juliani/photographer-harun-mehmed_b_4209653.html

Los Angeles Times "War's lessons unfold in Harun Mehmedinovic's Bloodhoney* project" - http://articles.latimes.com/2012/may/03/entertainment/la-et-bosnian-photographer-20120503

Coastline Pilot "Artists from a war-torn land showing in Laguna" - http://articles.coastlinepilot.com/2012-05-24/entertainment/tn-cpt-0525-greencube-20120524_1_harun-mehmedinovic-bosnian-women-artists


SELECTION OF "DREAMS" PHOTOGRAPHS

"Mary Still Waits for John Brown" with Amanda Deprez
"She Dreams in Technicolor" with Natalie Kay
"The Visitor"
"Angel Falls" with Sanja Bestic
"A Postcard from a Shepard Play" with Carrie Moore
with Aida Sofia
with Aida Sofia
"Vagabonds" with Amanda Deprez and Jenna Dalton
with Ruchika Mandhyan
"The Spirit" with Murielle Zuker
"Above the Heavens" with Zhanna Rozenbaum
"No Shelter" with Stephanie Grant
"Poe" with Zhanna Rozenbaum

Risks and challenges

Given I have completed and delivered previous two books from the trilogy, the process is now familiar. The main challenge will be working with a designer to create the correct feel for the book. It's important for the design to work organically with the images while also incorporating the sections of text and maintaining a visual flow throughout. My prior experience in graphic design will help me visualize the book and communicate those ideas to the designer.

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    THE TRILOGY

    ALL THREE BLOODHONEY* LIMITED EDITION BOOKS: For $125, you will receive a copy of the Limited Edition Book (signed and numbered by the author) & copies of the first two books in the series, Seance and Persona & Digital Copy of all three books.

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    ALL THREE BLOODHONEY* LIMITED EDITION BOOKS + 24x16" PHOTO PRINT + CREDIT: For $200, you will receive a copy of the Limited Edition Book (signed and numbered by the author) & copies of the first two books in the series, Seance and Persona & Digital Copy of the Book & a signed 24x16" (61x40.64cm) Photo Print featuring a Bloodhoney* image of your choice & your name in the Thank You section of the book.

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