I looked at a Mac G4 Cube that we just happen to have in the house, and something about the lines of it inexplicably brought to mind an old sculpture I own of a nude woman reclining on a chaise lounge. About 46 seconds later, I decided I wanted to do a photo series recreating vintage nudes with bits of obsolete technology.
I said to myself "a set of photos sure would be neat, but what would happen if we made a whole book of this, with pictures and words and everything?"
So I asked a photographer, and he said yes. Then I asked a poet, and he said yes. Then I asked them both again, just to be sure, because this project had been living only in my head for a very long time and it had been about 2 years since the first time I asked, and they both still said yes.
The finished product will be a hardcover 8x10 book of approximately 50 pages, with a cover that looks very much like the above image. Each two-page spread will consist of a sepia photo in the style of Victorian-era nudes that features a piece of obsolete technology, and either a poem or short prose piece that touches on the subject of how time moves and things change.
Harlean Carpenter here. You may know me from my last Kickstarter project. Or from Facebook or my website. Or you may not know me at all and you're only here because you searched "boobs" on Kickstarter and we were smart enough to plan for that possibility. In any case, hello and welcome! I am, among other things, a plus-age model who has been doing silly things in front of cameras since 1988.
John Oughton is a recently retired Professor of Learning and Teaching, who now freelances as an editor and writer. He has published five books of poetry, several chapbooks, and over 400 articles, interviews, reviews and blogs, as well as an acclaimed offbeat mystery novel about the Kennedy assassination, Death by Triangulation. He is one of my personal favorite poets and I'm thrilled to have him working with us on this project.
Jerry Seeger and I did our first shoot together in May 2009. Prior to that, his focus (ha! it's funny because photography!) had been primarily landscape/travel photography, and self-portraits like the one above. When he's not busy being an amazing photographer, he's an amazing science fiction/fantasy writer, and equally amazing engineer.
Liz Markus of Pretty Imperfect is an artist and designer who creates modern jewelry with vintage found objects, an ideal match with the spirit of this project. She has graciously agreed to let us use a number of her pieces for photoshoots. And by "graciously agreed" I mean "eventually wearied of my relentless texts and finally caved."
When John Sidoti of My Favorite Pinups isn't busy being a stellar human and supporting the endeavors of half-naked women, he can be found never throwing away a single piece of old tech. Many of the items we'll be using for our shoots were generously loaned from his personal collection.
The bulk of the funds will go to printing costs and shipping the finished product. We also need to cover the cost of borrowing and transporting and otherwise obtaining the pieces of obsolete tech we'll need for the photo shoots. There are a few other small incidentals like purchasing ISBNs, setting up post-Kickstarter distribution, and making sure I don't run out of Victorian-looking lipstick. And finally, we will be making a $2 per book donation to human-I-T.
Far be it from me to tell you that you're not allowed to give us more of your money. In addition to the book itself, we are offering some of the props & wardrobe pieces used in the photo shoots, along with signed prints of images you won't find in the book.
Own the hat worn for the Obsoletica cover shoot, embellished with phone cords and stereo wire, as well as a signed framed 8x10 of the photo shown (your print will not be censored)
Own the flower & feather headpiece worn for the "Selfie" shoot, as well as a signed framed 8x10 of the outtake photo shown (your print will not be censored)
As we complete more of the shoots, there will be more props & wardrobe pieces made available for purchase. If they're not done before this campaign ends, we will post them as updates here before we post them anywhere else, backers will get first shot at everything.
And speaking of backers...
If you missed our last Kickstarter project, you can get your copy of Obsoletica along with The Deck of Poetic Pinup at a discount.
To make sure we give ourselves ample time to do this right and produce the quality this project deserves, we're anticipating shipping the final product in May 2019. And we will keep you updated every step of the way, both here and on the Obsoletica Instagram page.
Risks and challenges
This is not my first Kickstarter rodeo. The last one went without a hitch, all rewards were delivered on time as promised. The first one ran into unforeseen and insurmountable obstacles, and ALL BACKERS WERE FULLY REFUNDED. I have no doubt we will be able to make this book happen as described and within the timeframe promised. If we can't, I will refund your pledge. It's that simple.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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