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A Photobook about one of the most fascinating encounters on earth - where I create the ultimate paradise I'm searching for in my work.
A Photobook about one of the most fascinating encounters on earth - where I create the ultimate paradise I'm searching for in my work.
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With this campaign you support the publication of a large-format photobook, which will be published in December 2019. 

The story behind Paradise | By | Ruben van Schalm 

As a photographer I have been travelling allot and this time somewhere in Greece on one of the most fascinating places I found this beautiful creek I had the opportunity to let myself go and try to capture my ultimate paradise. This is how I created "Water Boy"

Water Boy - 2017
Water Boy - 2017

I experience my work as a personal diary of special encounters in which the moment of looking through the camera gives me the opportunity to come into close contact with the unattainable. In this way photography allows me to closely examine the beauty of my objects of desire. The environment in which I place these objects of desire plays an important role, because framing the male body in a specific environment allows me to create the ultimate paradise I’m searching for in my work.

Besides a certain sexual charge the photos also need to translate the energy of a playful moment in which they where created. My work method is very intuitive in this sense and series of images form as a result of experiment rather than a planned staged shoot. A diary documents your life and always has unexpected turns that I want to capture in my work.

Human Nature - 2017
Human Nature - 2017

While traveling as photographer you always jump into beautiful encounters such as this amazing guy from Barbados which made me make the serie "The Barbadian" 

The Barbadian - 2016
The Barbadian - 2016

The Barbadian 

The Barbadian - 2016
The Barbadian - 2016
The Barbadian - 2016
The Barbadian - 2016

The urban natural environment creates a sharp contrast with the body. My art works show a different sort of sensuality because they are layered by a certain vulnerability of the male nude that occurs when the natural environment touches the bare skin. In all these series I explore this connection of the body to the natural environment, specific to that unique moment and person. 

HYDRA - 2017
HYDRA - 2017
Hydra - 2017
Hydra - 2017
HYDRA - 2017
HYDRA - 2017

To publish this unique photo book, I need your support. 

A night at the park
A night at the park

Why do I need your support? 

A large part of the book production costs (printing, book design and royalties) I will cover with my own private money. However, I am still missing about €10,000 in order to get everything done without having to make any compromises. I am confident that through your collective effort the book can be successfully realised. 

If you are interested in the book " PARADISE | BY | RUBEN VAN SCHALM ”, this campaign would be a great opportunity to support the project by ordering a book in advance or purchase various package offers including limited print editions, original print sheets, postcard sets or posters from the project.

Aside from your financial backing I would also be very glad if you could help spread the word about this campaign among your friends, family, colleagues and social media platforms. Thank you very much for your support.

Foldout - Direction of design Photo book
Foldout - Direction of design Photo book
London Boys - Analog
London Boys - Analog

In my first large-photobook, which will be published in December 2019.  I will also show some of my earlier works like the serie of photographs "London Boys" including some of my portraits I took over the years. 

Samples of my portraits: Model Chris - Dancer Kupono Aweau - Model Marinus - Fitness model Marc Fitt
Samples of my portraits: Model Chris - Dancer Kupono Aweau - Model Marinus - Fitness model Marc Fitt
Black Beach - 2016
Black Beach - 2016
Marinus - 2015
Marinus - 2015
Marinus - 2015
Marinus - 2015

Thank you so much for your support! This book is the conclusion of a period of time in the last 5 years and the opening of a new one with a new direction in my works as a  photographer 

Ruben 

Risks and challenges

The photo book "PARADISE | BY | RUBEN VAN SCHALM" will be launched in the year of 2019. If the book is successfully backed, things should go smoothly and I won't expect any problems to full filling my commitment to the backers. There is always the possibility of delays, but I will do my best to deliver the rewards to all backers as promised in December 2019. If I surpass my goal, I will dedicate the additional funding to start a photo exhibition of "PARADISE | BY | RUBEN VAN SCHALM". My promise: all your financial contributions will remain within this project.

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    Thank you card!

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    1 signed book | Paradise

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    2 signed books | Paradise

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    3 signed books | Paradise

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    Photobook - Hahnemuhle print H45 x W71cm

    1 Signed Copy of ”PARADISE | BY | RUBEN VAN SCHALM”. + Signed
    Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta high-gloss with structure print, Limited Edition 1/8
    Personal Mentioning on the page of acknowledgements in the book. Print selected by myself & Thank you card with personal message

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    Framed Hahnemuhle print framed + book

    You will receive: 1 Signed Copy of ”PARADISE | BY | RUBEN VAN SCHALM” 1 framed fine art print size H45 x W71 cm in a wooden frame. Print selected by myself. Your name will be printed in the acknowledgements in of the book & Thank you card with personal message

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    Photoshoot - Book + print H45 x W71cm

    You will receive: 5 Signed Copy of ”PARADISE | BY | RUBEN VAN SCHALM” A Photo shoot with Ruben van Schalm (date and location to be mutually agreed, excluding travel expenses); 1 framed fine art print size H45 x W71 cm in a wooden frame" Prints selected by myself. Your name will be printed in the acknowledgements in of the book.

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