I carry a camera with me every day. I take a lot of photos of things and people around me, and over time single photos become collections of photos that say something about a certain place and time.
I have amassed a stack of images from the streets around my office in Shibuya (and surrounding Tokyo, Japan) that work well together and tell a story. The best stories have a little bit of truth, a little bit of fiction and leave a lot to the viewer for interpretation. These images do that.
My photos are not so much as a documentarian of the world as it is, but rather as I see it to be. Which tends to be a bit darker, a bit more bleak. The edges are cold and sharp. I shoot in black and white as a forced constraint and to allow the starkness and light–or lack of it–to do it's thing.
About this book, and this campaign...
This campaign is to produce a limited edition of a new book focusing on my Japan street photos, 8x5"x8.5" and approx 35 pages. Only 100 available. Single printing run.
An open edition of the book is also available, kickstarter versions will be from first printing.
1. If I sell more than 65 copies of the limited edition through Kickstarter, each book will come with a small run, limited edition, signed, fine art print as well. GOAL MET!
2. If I sell out of the limited edition, I'll upgrade all limited edition copies to larger sized hardback. Book size will be 8.25"x10.75". GOAL MET!
3. If campaign breaks $8000, all books, hard and soft cover will be upgraded to 50 pages. 80% COMPLETE...
Computer glitched versions of some of these photos were shown in a gallery exhibition in 2014, but this book will be the first curated collection of the photos as they were originally taken. They are a mixture of formats taken on a range of cameras from Leica M film cameras (M2, M6, M7), Roliflex and Minolta, and even the odd Voitlander, to digital Leicas such as the monochrom and Q. The film has primarily been shot on Fuji Neopan 400 & 1600, though the occasional roll of Kodak TriX or Ilford HP5 has has found it's way into the mix as well. In all cases I've used a prime lens with no zoom of any kind, in either 28mm, 50mm or 90mm length. Mostly 50mm though. I try not to get too hung up on the gear and focus on just making photos I think are interesting.
The $3000 I'm trying to raise here is the cost of a one off printing run of 120 books, which will translate to 100 signed and numbered copies and 20 unsigned copies for my personal archives & promotional use.
As the hardback book as sold out, I've added a backer level for a single print from the book. This will be the same size as the bonus print that the backers who are getting the book will get, but a different photo and a separate edition. This will be signed and Kickstarter specific. I've previously sold larger prints in smaller editions but this is the first time I'm offering these smaller sized prints (something in the 6"x10" ballpark). The only way to get this print edition will be though this Kickstarter project.
Risks and challenges
I've wanted to do a photo book for a long time but it's a serious undertaking and I wasn't sure exactly how to do it, or if I had the body of work to justify it. After making another book and seeing the process, as well as how much print on demand quality has increased I feel confident that it makes sense to give this a shot. I'm making it a limited edition to ensure it's value.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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