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Jordan GaleBy Jordan Gale
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Jordan GaleBy Jordan Gale
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Inside cover design for It Is What It Is
Inside cover design for It Is What It Is

About the project

My name is Jordan Gale and I was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. For the past four years I have been examining my life through photographs in my series It Is What It Is

It Is What It Is, is a self-reflective series of photographs using experiences shared by those closest to me in order to confront my less than distant past and imminent future. This series of images drunkenly stumbles forward, examining my personal balance of drug and alcohol abuse with the relationships and responsibilities of a young adult trying to escape his hometown.

It was through photography that I found a way to explore my relationships, emotions, and the unhealthy lifestyle I had been living. With my practice I aim to tell the stories closest to my life. Even though I occupy these spaces as a documentarian, my images are formed from a subjective perspective that is defined by my relationships with the people and place. By using photography in this way, I seek to highlight the frustration, sorrow, and longing that come with balancing such a lifestyle. 

Drinking one the backroads. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 2018
Drinking one the backroads. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 2018
Rob and Logan in the back cab. Linn County, Iowa. 2019
Rob and Logan in the back cab. Linn County, Iowa. 2019
Cocaine at an afterparty. Iowa City, Iowa. 2017
Cocaine at an afterparty. Iowa City, Iowa. 2017
Back road during a summer rainstorm. Linn County, Iowa. 2018
Back road during a summer rainstorm. Linn County, Iowa. 2018

About the book.

After five years of collecting photos, it's time to share this completed series. It Is What It Is is scheduled to be published by Daylight Books in Spring 2020. Daylight is a nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine art, for over 15 years Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications have worked to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world at large. 

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  •  11x10.8 (vertical) 
  •  Hardback clothbound
  • 65 plates, 105 pages (estimate)
  • 1000 copies.
Dalton gripping a chain link fence. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 2016
Dalton gripping a chain link fence. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 2016
Holding up a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 2018
Holding up a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 2018
My grandmother sewing at the dinner table. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 2015
My grandmother sewing at the dinner table. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 2015


Awards and project recognition

Since starting this project, It Is What It Is has been recognized by various photographic organizations and exhibited internationally. Photographs from this project were recently part of the 2018 Malta International Photo Festival. It had been shown at Fotofestiwal 2018 in Lodz, Poland, the 2018 Kolga Tbilisi Photo Fest in Tbilisi, Georgia, and will be a part of the 2019 Head On Photo Fest in Sydney, Australia. 

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Cover design, not the final product.
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Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges

The risks of publishing a photo book include delays in design, pre-press and print production. Both myself and Daylight Books are experienced in these challenges and, with realization of our goal, we will ensure the book is published by April 2020 in time for a launch party and exhibition that we are planning.

Use of Funds

Creating an important, top-tier documentary photography book in an edition of 1000 requires the technical, design, editing, writing, and printing talents of a team of dedicated professionals. If this campaign is successful, 100% of the proceeds from Kickstarter will be applied to the direct costs of producing what we expect will become a lasting contribution to the documentary field.

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