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Open to Interpretation brings together photographers, writers and poets in a one-of-a-kind book project.
78 backers pledged $6,577 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi, thanks for visiting our Kickstarter page! With your help, we plan on finishing the layout, design and printing of our first edition book, Open to Interpretation: Water's Edge. 

A fresh, innovative project Open to Interpretation brings together photographers, writers and poets in a collaborative book. The interaction between the images and words combine in such a way that the collaboration is greater than either of the individual components - adding a completely different dimension to the artists and writers work.

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Open to Interpretation

A good photograph tells a story. But it tells a slightly different story to every viewer. The stories are fleeting, disappearing from the viewers’ minds in the moments it takes to turn a page or walk to the next gallery. Open to Interpretation captures these stories, pairing fine art photographers with writers and poets in a one-of-a-kind innovative book project.

The project begins with a themed call for photos. The chosen photos become the literary inspiration for the writers’ submissions. A book is created that matches each winning photo with two stories or poems that offer different interpretations of the image. The unique collaboration adds new dimensions to both the photos and the written word.

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Why do we need your help? Simply put, book publishing can have a hefty price tag. Admittedly there are plenty of "print on demand" options online, but we are committed to creating a full-color, hardbound, highly crafted book printed by a custom book company.

So how is the money going to be used? It will pay for the layout, cover design, editing, choosing typefaces and lettering, page layouts, sequencing, decisions regarding trim size and proportion, essays and interviews, forewords and afterwords, bibliographies, captions, paper, binding and printing. All the money pledged will go into the book - to producing the highest quality, most compelling and beautifully printed art book we can make. 

Project updates? Absolutely. They will be posted regularly here on Kickstarter (just tap that updates button at the top). We want everyone involved with the project to know what's going on towards our scheduled book launch in December 2011.

How can you help make this happen? There are four important ways you can help Open to Interpretation succeed.

  • Pledge. Every project needs backers and we hope you will pledge your support. We've put together a list of backer rewards that we feel lets you know how much we appreciate you. You can pledge anywhere from $1 to $6500.  In case you don't already know - if we don't meet our goal, we don't get a dime.
  • Join. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter. While you're there -  tell us your thoughts.
  • Talk. Spread the word. Forward, retweet, email, text, or phone your friends to tell them about this project.
  • Submit. If you are a photographer, writer or poet consider submitting your work.

Want more info? Check out our website www.open2interpretation.com and sign up for updates via email.  Follow us at @open2interp Twitter or Facebook

We appreciate your time and support. Thank you.

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    ... and you’ll receive our Kickstarter newsletter with periodical news and events from artists included in the books.

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    ... and you’ll receive a special invitation to our December 2011 book launch party in St. Paul along our Kickstarter newsletter.

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    ... and your name will be acknowledged in our first edition book Open to Interpretation: Water’s Edge, in addition to an invitation to our book launch party and the Kickstarter newsletter.

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    ... and you’ll receive a first edition copy of Open to Interpretation: Water’s Edge where your name will be acknowledged as a supporter in addition to an invitation to our book launch party and the Kickstarter newsletter.

    For international shipping please add $10 to your pledge.

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    ... and receive a a signed original print of the front cover along with your first edition copy of Open to Interpretation: Water’s Edge. In addition your name will be acknowledged as a supporter along with an invitation to our book launch party and the Kickstarter newsletter.

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    ... and you’ll be able to select a signed original image (any size up to 20 x 24 archival fiber based silver print) from Douglas Beasley, Water’s Edge photography juror, along with a first edition copy of Open to Interpretation: Water’s Edge where your name will be acknowledged as a supporter in addition to an invitation to our book launch party and the Kickstarter newsletter.

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    ... and in every edition of Open to Interpretation your name will be acknowledged as a supporter and you’ll receive a copy of each edition, in perpetuity, along with an invitation to the book launch party and the Kickstarter newsletter.

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    ... and Doug Beasley will meet you at the destination of your choice (US or Canada) and you’ll spend the day with him as he photographs. Included will be a private photo session with you, or a loved one. You’ll receive a signed limited edition print from the session as well as having your image placed on the cover of a future Open to Interpretation book. You will also receive a copy of the first edition of Open to Interpretation, Water’s Edge where your name will be acknowledged as a supporter in addition to an invitation to our book launch party and the Kickstarter newsletter.

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