Three books spanning a big ol' body of work
There is a strange and quiet beauty that lurks in the weird corners of these United States. It's a beauty made up of equal parts people, places, and the stories (told and untold) that permeate the space between. Lawrence went out trying to capture some of that strangeness and bring it back to you the best way he knows how: photography, graphic design, and a little bit of the written word. Help him self-publish these books and bring them to life!
This is not Lawrence's day job. This is a project of passion 8 years in the making. This project needs an audience, and Kickstarter has proven itself many times over to be an incredible cultivator of enthusiastic eyes and ears.
(What is Lawrence's day job? From 9 to 5 every day, mild-mannered Lawrence hides in plain sight as art director with the other crowdfunding wunderkids at Peak Design!)
Anyways, let's meet the friggin' books:
To Live And Die In Brewster County
The star of the show for this Kickstarter, To Live and Die in Brewster County is a hardcover collection of stunning black and white images, detailed and quirky maps of the region, and a few words/anecdotes about what Lawrence thinks it all means.
Brewster County, Texas is a massive expanse of land shaped both by eons of geologic forces and the spattering of humans that have called it home over the past centuries. In it resides one of the United States' most isolated National Parks, Big Bend, named for the massive turn the Rio Grande River makes as it cuts through the Chihuahuan Desert.
To Live And Die In Brewster County chronicles Lawrence's multi-year attempt to understand Brewster County and the Big Bend of West Texas. Lawrence spent weeks at a time roaming the 6200 square miles of the county, meeting people, memorizing roads, and spending quality time in the studio of a photographer hero (the great James Evans). Lawrence found this isolated corner of Texas to be a world unto itself - both a county-shaped vessel for the myths we tell ourselves about independence and the deliverer of staggering humility regarding the smallness of human existence against the grand scale of nature. Roughly 120 pages.
Pledge at the highest level and get your name in the 'Thank You' section of To Live And Die In Brewster County! Buy yourself a bottle of bubbly and put on your fanciest duds because you are now a true high-society patron of the arts. A two-hundred-dollar-millionaire!
Every Part Of The Animal
Ever wonder what the mental baggage of a few dozen road and head trips around the United States looks like? Well, here is your answer. Every Part Of The Animal is a collection of photographs that, taken in its entirety, paint a portrait of the United States that often floats at the periphery of perception. This collection spans a number of US states, focusing primarily on the Southwest, California, and Texas. Every Part Of The Animal celebrates the distance between the rugged individuality that is supposedly bestowed as an American birthright and the inescapable need for creature comforts we all feel. Roughly 80 pages.
The Beast The Block The Tower
The Beast The Block The Tower is Lawrence's thesis work from his graduate studies in interdisciplinary design at California College of the Arts. He used San Francisco as his laboratory in trying to understand the relationship between place, myth, and graphic design (as a method of visual storytelling). Lawrence worked extensively with an enormous radio antennae, a city block deep in the city's Mission neighborhood, and a half dozen buffalo that roam at the end of a park at the end of a city at the end of a country. A fascinating read, regardless of your relationship with San Francisco. Roughly 200 pages.
Who is Lawrence, again?
Lawrence Lander is a picture-taking, graphic-designing, Texan ex-pat living in California with a checkered past of selling cowboy boots, playing silly rock music (including the song in the above video) and running two successful Kickstarters with current employment as art director at Peak Design, the undisputed leader of running a winning crowdfunding operation.
And why should you support this?
Support this because Lawrence likes to share the things he makes. This isn't for fame or fortune - it's just to bask in the pleasant strangeness of existence as a group. Support this because you want to be a patron of the arts without breaking the bank. Support this because you want to help Lawrence with his insatiable appetite to make things, including the following in-progress undertakings: a massive photo essay on weird California, a new album of stripped-down songs, and a book about the Astrodome in Houston, Texas.
Risks and challenges
I will stop talking in the third person for a few minutes. Kickstarters are harder than they look. Lucky for you, I've run two succesful Kickstarters myself AND I work for the most funded active company in the history of Kickstarter - Peak Design. Every day, I'm surrounded by people who believe wholeheartedly in the power of crowdfunding, both as a way to raise funds and as a way to engage with a tremendously passionate community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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