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Telling the story of the city through remarkable people who live in Vancouver today.
Telling the story of the city through remarkable people who live in Vancouver today.
181 backers pledged CA$ 64,974 to help bring this project to life.

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The campaign has ended, but head to www.soitisvancouver.com to buy the book!

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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.

Sample spreads from the book.
Sample spreads from the book.

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.

Rick McCrank - Pro Skateboarder.
Rick McCrank - Pro Skateboarder.

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.

Jesse Keefer - a relation of the man who accidentally burnt the city down in 1886
Jesse Keefer - a relation of the man who accidentally burnt the city down in 1886

Zeitgeist: People who encapsulate the spirit of Vancouver today.

Devon Brooks - Entrepreneur, Provocateur and Advocate
Devon Brooks - Entrepreneur, Provocateur and Advocate

Giants Among Us: People who are world leaders in their field, but might not be household names around Vancouver.

Wanting Qu - multi-platinum pop star
Wanting Qu - multi-platinum pop star

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.

Brian and Linda Turko - The espresso king and queen of Vancouver.
Brian and Linda Turko - The espresso king and queen of Vancouver.

THE ESSAYS.

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.

Grant Lawrence - Author and CBC Broadcaster
Grant Lawrence - Author and CBC Broadcaster

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.

Disclaimer - we didn't shoot this on the 4x5 Camera.
Disclaimer - we didn't shoot this on the 4x5 Camera.

WHO WE ARE.

There are three of us working on the project - Adam, Kev and Lindsay.
Adam and Kev are the two photographers - we've been shooting editorial and commercial portraits together for the last eight years.  We work as a duo, so collaboration is a big part of our process.
Adam and Kev Photography. It took three days to come up with that name. True story.
Adam and Kev Photography. It took three days to come up with that name. True story.
 

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.

Lindsay - in the middle. Obviously.
Lindsay - in the middle. Obviously.

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.

REWARDS.

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.

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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.

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THANK YOU!

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!

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    THANK YOU POSTCARD + CAMPAIGN UPDATES - Get an exclusive thank you postcard featuring one of the images and exclusive campaign updates for our backers.

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    NAME CREDIT + THANK YOU POSTCARD - Your name will appear in the book under "Special thanks also to", and you'll receive an exclusive thank you postcard featuring one of the images.

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    GET THE BOOK, BE IN THE BOOK! We can’t make you a full-page feature, but we want to get your face in there as part of the “Supporters Grid”, a mosaic of smaller photos slated for the front and back inside covers. Either attend a photo session (two dates will be provided in Vancouver) or submit your own photograph (we will give instructions!). You’ll also get your name credited in the book under "Special thanks also to".

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    THE 4-PACK - GET THE BOOK (4 OF THEM!), BE IN THE BOOK - (Locals' Special)

    You can cross almost everyone off of your Christmas list putting 4 copies of So It Is: Vancouver in your hands, while also putting you in the book with the 'Be In the Book' reward included as a thanks for your support and a nod to you within the book under "Special Thanks Also To...". What's not to love with a package like this?

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    GET A BIG PRINT, GET THE BOOK, BE IN THE BOOK - Get the book, be in the book as part of the Supporters Grid, and receive a limited edition signed 16 x20 light jet print of one of the images from the book (we will provide a selection to choose from).

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    A PRIVATE ONE-ON-ONE DINNER WITH IAN MACKENZIE; CROWD FUNDING EXPERT, FILMMAKER AND MEDIA ACTIVIST. ALSO, GET THE BOOK AND BE IN THE BOOK.

    A private one-on-one dinner with Ian MacKenzie at one of our favourite local restaurants to chat crowd-funding strategy, filmmaking or anything else that's on your mind.

    Ian has successfully helped crowdfund over a million dollars, directed numerous award-winning films, and has been called "the Indiana Jones of the new human story".

    Schedule permitting (yours and his) this will be on the night of our launch party in December, where you'll then head to the venue for a private preview party where you and a handful of other guests can get a first glimpse of the prints and the book over cocktails.

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    THE RIDE ALONG - Come along for one portrait shoot and one 4x5 shoot to see how it's all done. Get answers on any questions in debrief sessions after each shoot. Also, you'll get the book and be in the book as part of the Supporters Grid!

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    GET SHOT, GET THE BOOK, BE IN THE BOOK!

    While it won’t be in the book, Adam and Kev will schedule a separate portrait shoot with you for your own use at a location of your choosing in Vancouver. No water required - this one's just for you.

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    DINNER FOR YOU + THREE FRIENDS AND OUR TEAM, AND EXCLUSIVE EARLY ACCESS TO THE LAUNCH EVENT. AND OF COURSE, YOU'LL GET THE BOOK AND BE IN THE BOOK.

    A VIP package for the night of our book launch party to celebrate the release of our book amidst some of our favourite large scale prints (which will be for sale).

    You and three other guests of your choosing will enjoy a great dinner with the team at one of favourite local restaurants, followed by car service over to the gallery opening for a private preview party where you and your guests can get a first glimpse of the prints and the book over cocktails.

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    GET A HUGE METAL PRINT, GET THE BOOK, BE IN THE BOOK - You'll receive a limited edition 48"x60" print of your choice from the 4x5 city shots series, printed and mounted on aluminium with a plexiglass cover.

    You'll also get the book and be in the book as part of the Supporter's Grid.

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    BE A SPONSOR!

    If your company or organization would like to make this book a reality, we'll put your on the title page, under "Special thanks for helping make this happen", along with three copies of the book and inclusion of your name and logo in any forthcoming publicity where possible.

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