Why This Project?
We live in a digital world, every day thousands of people go out, create and then store whatever they produced in the cloud or to a hard drive. The work we create is hardly every seen and when it is it's only appreciated for a few seconds.
I love social media, but it's made everything so disposable, I'm only as good as the last photograph I take. For the longest time I was okay with that type of medium, but as of late, I've been feeling like my work needs to be elsewhere.
In these images you see so much, I get to tell you a story about every day people, but I also get to share my own. My entire life I wanted to be somebody, but I was never brave enough to put myself out there. This is why I chose photography, it was the perfect outlet for me. I picked up a camera because I was able to hide behind it.
After months of photographing I found myself growing more confident. Not just in photography but in life. In my earlier work, you see me taking photographs of people walking by, but as I developed my craft I began to photograph people head on.
I went from a shy kid, to being the center of attention. I'm in every image, without being in any of them.
I've never created a zine, that's going to be another aspect of this project that creates value for not only those who contribute to the project, but to everyone who wants to create something similar.
I'm going to document this entire journey. Designing the zine, finding a printer, figuring out how to ship it safely. I know there are a ton of creators who would love this information and once this project is complete it will finally be open to the public. With that being said, I'm not sure how many pages this zine will be, or how big it will be, I just know that I will max out on whatever I can to ensure that this zine is quality.
I wanted to keep the rewards simple for this project. I'm a photographer, thus I thought it would be best if everyone received a photograph. Below are 5, 5" prints that were taken during my NY trip. Each image is limited to 5 copies and will be issued out at random.
The special edition is the aspect of this magazine I'm most excited about. For the past 3 years my "Have A Nice Day" photograph has been the most well liked photograph of mine. It's been featured a countless amount of time and has really circulated around the internet.
Now it's going to land on the cover of my first zine. This alternative cover will be limited to 10 copies, they will come signed be me. Included will be a 8"x10" "HAND" print, which will also be signed.
After this zine, I plan to bury the photograph for a while. It's served me well, but it's time to create new images, this will be the last time you will be able to get a print this size for a while.
The project is now completely funded, however there are still copies of the book left. Ideally I'd like to print the full run and not a limited quantity. In order to put in an order we needed $1250, but to get all 100 zines printed we're looking at $2750. Let's push to make this happen!
To make things more interesting I've added another 8x10 print option, which will come signed. These prints are typically $200 in my web shop, but for the campaign I'm offering them at $75. These will be limited, as they only go up for sale a few times out of the year.
In addition to that I've given people another chance to get their hands on a Have A Nice Day Print. I plan to retire this print soon, so if you want one now is the time to grab it. It's also the cheapest I'll ever sell it for.
The prints are 8x12 and there are only 6 of them. They're printed on 6 different types of paper (Deep Matte, Luster, Metallic, Matte, Glossy and Silk) and they will be shipped at random. These prints will also come signed.
Risks and challenges
This is my first photo zine. I may run into challenges that I may not be aware of. In order to get this printed I have to depend on others, thus the turn around is not 100% in my control. With that being said I've put a date in place that I think will give me enough time to account for any mishaps.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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