The campaign has ended, but head to www.soitisvancouver.com to buy the book!
Thanks for checking out our campaign. We are a group of Vancouverites who love our city and are proud to call it home.
We want to share with you a book that shows why we love the city. Vancouver isn't perfect, it's not all shiny and beautiful. That's not what this book is about.
We want to introduce you to a small fraction of the people who make this city amazing. Because that's what we really love about this city - the people, past and present, who call this place home.
Even if you already love Vancouver, we want to show you some different chapters in our collective story that will change the way you see our city forever.
ABOUT THE BOOK.
Vancouver is a dichotomy. While it's rated as one of the world's top places to live, it's often criticized for being bland, lacking culture, and having no history.
So It Is: Vancouver is a coffee-table photography book that's on a mission to share the remarkable stories of current Vancouver residents, and show that the city has a fascinating past, a vibrant present and an exciting future. And it'll be ready just in time for Christmas.
It's a photo-based book that pairs location portraits with written profiles on each subject that show how each is linked to the city and our culture.
To give the photos a unique Vancouver twist, we soak each subject before the shoot as a celebration of our rainforest city.
CHOOSING OUR SUBJECTS.
Over the past year we've been searching out people and their stories based on three categories:
Historical: People who are tied to Vancouver's past - the good, the bad, and the baffling.
Zeitgeist: People who encapsulate the spirit of Vancouver today.
Giants Among Us: People who are world leaders in their field, but might not be household names around Vancouver.
Using this as our guide, we've been reading, researching, tapping up our friends and accosting random strangers. We've already collected more than 30 stories, and with your help we want to take that number into triple digits.
Once we identify a person and make contact, we work with them to choose a location that connects them to both their story and the city. We set up some lights, soak them with (mostly) warm water and the shooting begins.
We're also asking ten local writers from different communities to share contribute essays that answer one question - how does a historical or cultural Vancouver event impact your experience of the city today.
Amongst them are Grant Lawrence, a two time BC Book of The Year winner and CBC broadcaster, and Wayde Compton who is a co-founding member of the Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project, an organization dedicated to preserving the public memory of Vancouver’s original black community.
To accompany the mini-essays we will be shooting cityscapes and landscapes - essentially portraits of the city itself. We'll be shooting these on a large format 4x5 film camera, allowing us to make some incredible (and incredibly large) Light Jet and aluminum prints - check out the rewards for more info.
WHO WE ARE.
Lindsay is an art and entertainment lawyer who works with a diverse range of clients (including us!) across film and tv, music, visual arts, fashion and design, publishing and new media. Outside of her legal practice, Lindsay is involved in several projects, including film and tv productions through her production company Trifecta Project, and a few music and fashion/tech projects. An avid music lover, art collector and all round sun worshipper, Lindsay splits her time between Vancouver and Austin.
WHAT YOU'RE FUNDING.
Our goal allows us to break even on printing 2,000 books. The biggest expense is obviously the print process, which for a 240 page hardcover art book, is the largest part of our target.
After that we have other production-related costs like layout and design, and an honorarium for the writers. On the smaller side we have shoot related costs like equipment rental (to supplement our own arsenal), campaign related costs related to video production and outreach, and admin costs for things like bank fees, domain registration and all those tiny bits that add up.
We also want to feature our supporters in the book, so all pledges from $25 and up will get either your name and / or your face in the book. The Supporters' Grid, a mosaic of smaller photos slated for the front and back inside covers, will feature soaked portraits of our supporters who support the project with a pledge of $75 or more.
Either attend a photo session (two dates will be provided in Vancouver) or submit your own photograph (we will give instructions!).
Local pick-up options are available for locals - check out the Rewards. This will most likely involve us taking a stack of books to a brewery and hopefully meeting and sharing a drink with some of our amazing supporters!
We will also be holding a launch event with the option to pick up books, meet the team and purchase prints, scheduled for early December. A VIP package is also available as one of the Rewards, which includes dinner with the team at a great local restaurant and a private preview over cocktails afterwards at the gallery show.
WATER USAGE OFFSET
We're experiencing water shortages in Vancouver right now, so Adam came up with a cunning plan to offset our water usage. It's best explained via the medium of video.
Please support us so we can introduce you to current remarkable residents and through their stories we will lift the lid on Vancouver's deep history and rich culture.
More importantly, we can all get more connected with both the land we live on and the people with whom we tread the same streets.
Risks and challenges
We already have a full team on board to shoot images, write copy and layout the book. Our printer has given us a manageable timeline for submitting the final layout so that we can produce the book and deliver in time for Christmas.
We have a lot of experience in pulling together big productions on tight timelines - both in commercial photography and with Playground, so we're confident we can keep on schedule, even with all the moving pieces.
Our list of subjects we want to shoot is large and grows every day. While some will not be able to schedule a shoot and others might not be willing to be a part of the book, our biggest challenge comes in covering the broad spectrum of people from many different backgrounds and communities that make up Vancouver.
We are working tirelessly to research and connect with communities outside of our existing contacts. However if you think you can help, please drop us a note!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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