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"
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.
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 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.
To publish this unique photo book, I need your support.
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.
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.
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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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