About this project
A huge thank you to all the backers who helped to make the book possible!
If you missed out on the Kickstarter, you can visit my website to see news and to pre-order the book for €29.95.
Hi! I'm Peter Cox, a professional landscape photographer living and working in the west of Ireland. In 2012, thanks to Kickstarter backers like you, I realized a dream to publish a book of my photographs. That book was "The Irish Light", and it was the third highest funded photography project on Kickstarter at the time. It's still alive, having been reprinted once already, and I'm forecasting a third run in late 2015.
I'm here again to ask you to help my next book project to see the light of day. It's called "Atlantic Light: The West Coast of Ireland in Photographs", and I think it's something really special.
Over the past few years, I've been doing more and more aerial photography. I've been fortunate enough to fly out to and even land on some of the most isolated spots on the Irish coast, the offshore lighthouses perched on dramatic crags, wave lashed by the Atlantic. In the last year, since the advent of drones that can carry a professional camera, I've been employing that technology to capture images that have proved impossible, or at the least impracticable until now.
I believe this book will show the west coast of Ireland in a way that it never has before. I have 10 years of professional landscape photography experience under my belt and I'm employing that expertise to capture beautifully composed images of incredible locations from an entirely new perspective.
Take a look at this video which I've been shooting alongside my stills work. This will give you a taste of some of the locations that will be featured in the book. Make sure to watch it full screen!
I've spent many days and weeks in the field capturing images for this project, challenging wind and wave. As drone technology is still in its infancy, problems do occur and I've dealt with several, including one spectacular failure off the end of Loop Head the morning before the cover image was made. That one resulted in one of the drone's engines being torn off its mount due to a thrown rotor blade. Thankfully, I was able to recover it without incident and was flying again the next day.
Knowing these sorts of things can occur definitely focuses the mind when expensive gear is hovering 120 meters up and 500 meters out over the churning sea!
I expect to be finished the photography by May and will be taking the book to press in June. That's where you come in. I'm seeking funds to pay the printing cost. 1,000 copies of the book will be printed in hardcover with 128 glossy, high quality pages.
Each spread features a full-page image, with descriptive text on the facing page. There is also an outline map pinpointing the image's location and the full exposure details for the photograph itself. There are also several double-page spreads with panoramic images. The design work was done by Cathal Cudden of brightidea.ie and he's done a wonderful job of delivering a clean, elegant look to the book.
By backing this project, you'll help me to bring something I'm really passionate about to fruition, but you'll also be helping yourself! Over on the right side of the page are a list of the items and experiences I'm offering for your support. I've designed the pledge levels to give you excellent value. In each case the combined retail value exceeds the amount you pledge to receive it.
If you can't pledge, please share this project with your friends and family, and with your social networks on Facebook and Twitter. The more people that know about it, the better chance it has of succeeding.
Remember - Kickstarter projects are all-or-nothing. In order to produce the book, the project has to meet its funding goal, or no money changes hands and the book may not see the light of day.
Thanks for your support, in any amount!
Thanks to my friends Roger Overall and Ronan Kirby of Story Foundry for their help making the campaign video!
Risks and challenges
Reducing risk is one of the reasons I’ve waited until this stage to start the Kickstarter campaign. I've already invested a year in this project. The book design is complete, and most of the images are in hand. There are only a few parts of the coast that I have yet to photograph.
I expect to be able to complete the photography by the end of May in order to print in June, but unsuitable flying weather and/or equipment failures could get in the way of that. The main risk therefore is that the project delivery might slip; but only by a month or two.
Even if the deadline does slip slightly (which I doubt), I know that the project will be completed and delivered. I have the experience to assure you I can make this happen. My first book, "The Irish Light”, received nearly four times its original funding goal and successfully shipped 341 backer rewards. And I printed it, not only once, but twice, because of continuing high demand. I also run a retail photography gallery and a significant part of my business is fulfilling orders to be shipped all over the world.
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