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After 3 years of shooting over 300 skaters worldwide, this project needs your help to be published as a limited edition fine-art book.
After 3 years of shooting over 300 skaters worldwide, this project needs your help to be published as a limited edition fine-art book.
145 backers pledged AU$ 21,215 to help bring this project to life.

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Video Music : SOOTHE THE BROKEN AIR / Daniel Whitechurch

Gallery Images used in the video courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia. Photo: Mark Mohell 

WHAT IS SKATER PROJECT ABOUT

Many skaters speak of a solitary mind space while skating; of entering into another state of consciousness. To make these portraits I asked the skaters to place themselves within this meditative space. 

As a child growing up in Scotland, I was the opposite of sporty. I was never the fastest runner and dreaded sports days, but I did find a refuge in skateboarding from a young age. It fitted in perfectly with my tomboy persona and gave me a huge amount of self confidence. An unseen benefit of skating is the ability to detach and exist happily within your own headspace.. in many ways this is essential. 

I now live in Melbourne, Australia where skating is a common mode of transport and in 2009 I asked the question,'do other skaters zone out while skating'. The answer was YES. I decided to photograph the skaters in my local area of Fitzroy and asked them to place themselves within this headspace. I was amazed. We talked, I waited and I shot 5 images of each skater.

Was this a worldwide state of mind or would cultural differences play a part. I decided to take the project on the road. Wherever I went skaters welcomed me and immediately understood the common idea. 'We are at one with ourselves', to quote skater Luke Brown.

While in the USA my images became blurry and out of frame. My retina had detached and my optic nerve was swollen. Back in Australia the retina was lasered back into place and I switched to digital photography saving myself any future risk of blurred imagery. The project continued and the next year I visited Italy, Germany, England and the Czech Republic. The kindness of strangers along the road made this project possible.

WHY DO YOU NEED TO RAISE THE MONEY?

The incredible German fine-art publisher Kehrer Verlag wants to produce a  limited-edition book of Skater,  but only if funds can be raised to contribute to the cost. This is standard practice in the art photography world. The book will be printed on high quality photo paper on a European press in Germany. The hardback book will have 144 beautiful pages and 68 awesome skater images. I will be covering some of the postage overseas to reduce the cost of postage for you. This will be a lovely book and with your name printed in the back you will truly be a part of the project.

Every cent that you contribute will go directly to the book. Any additional money will go towards improving the look of the book and extra freebies for you. If the target amount is reached the book is guaranteed. If the target amount is not reached your card will not be charged and the project will receive nothing. Grab yourself a book and get that feel good feeling.

THE REWARDS : PLEASE ADD $15 FOR SHIPPING WITHIN AUSTRALIA

7x9" CHROMIRA PRINT / DANIEL and LAURA

Daniel Whitechurch and Laura McKellar / Fitzroy
Daniel Whitechurch and Laura McKellar / Fitzroy

16x12" GALLERY QUALITY PRINT / MICHAL / 

Michal Suchopar / Mystic Skate Park / Prague
Michal Suchopar / Mystic Skate Park / Prague

16x12" GALLERY PRINT / BRYCE / EDITION OF 100

Bryce Campbell / Brick Lane London
Bryce Campbell / Brick Lane London

 36x24" GALLERY PRINTS / CHOOSE FROM 4 / EDITIONS OF 10

Carlo Iannotta / Michal Suchopar / Ashley Espinoza / Esther Godoy
Carlo Iannotta / Michal Suchopar / Ashley Espinoza / Esther Godoy

 40x48" GALLERY FRAMED PRINT OF 'KARINA ESPINOZA'

This beautifully framed print of Karina Espinoza from the Skater series was part of the National Portrait Photographic Prize and was part of the National Portrait Gallery show. Karina is an edition of 1 only. 

 A note on how to use kickstarter to make a pledge:

To make a pledge to Skater click the green “Back This Project” button. You will be asked to enter your pledge amount and select a reward. Then, you will go through and must complete the checkout process. If the project is successfully funded, your card will be charged when the book reaches its funding deadline. The book is expected to be published around late April 2015 and will ship shortly afterwards, prints and photoshoots can come before.

CHECK OUT MORE OF THE SKATER PROJECT HERE:

website http://www.nikkitoole.com/#/skater1

Interviews

http://www.portrait.gov.au/magazine/article.php?articleID=357

http://www.featureshoot.com/2011/11/skater-girls-photographed-by-nikki-toole/

http://www.acclaimmag.com/arts/interview-photographer-nikki-toole-takes-portraits-of-skaters/

http://www.rrr.org.au/whats-going-on/news/audio-nikki-toole-chats-about-her-latest-exhibition-on-smartarts/

Risks and challenges

The Skater book has a publishing deal with Kehrer in Germany, therefore the book will definitely be published if we reach our goal.

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    A BIG HEARTFELT THANKYOU

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    4 WALLPAPERS: skater wallpapers for your desktop featuring skaters from the book

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    SIGNED POSTCARD + WALLPAPERS: A personal Skater postcard mailed to you and signed as a thankyou.. PLUS 4 wallpapers for your desktop featuring skaters from the book

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    12x16" SIGNED PRINT FROM SKATER SERIES. Signed print of skater 'Michal Suchopar' from Prague. Only ever available as part of the Kickstarter campaign. Add $15 for shipping within Australia or Pick Up in Melbourne or Geelong.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL BOOK + POSTCARDS: For 10 days only a SIGNED hardback copy of the SKATER book and 2 signed postcards. If you are in AUSTRALIA add $15 for shipping.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL BOOK + POSTCARDS: For 10 days only a SIGNED hardback copy of the SKATER book and 2 signed postcards. If you are in AUSTRALIA add $15 for shipping or pick up in Melbourne.

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    SIGNED SKATER BOOK + 2 POSTCARDS. Limited Edition signed Skater Book and 2 Signed Postcards. Add $15 for shipping within Australia or Pick up on Melbourne or Geelong

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    THE SKATER BOOK + WITH YOUR NAME IN BACK + POSTCARDS: Be part of the SKATER book forever and have your name printed in the back of the book as a thankyou. You will also receive a SIGNED hardback first edition of the SKATER book and 2 signed postcards. If you are in AUSTRALIA add $15 for shipping.

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    THE SKATER BOOK + WITH YOUR NAME IN BACK + POSTCARDS: Be part of the SKATER book forever and have your name printed in the back of the book as a thankyou. You will also receive a SIGNED hardback first edition of the SKATER book and 2 signed postcards. If you are in AUSTRALIA add $15 for shipping or pick up in Melbourne

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    Pledge AU$ 100 or more About $75

    7x9" PRINT + THE SKATER BOOK + WITH YOUR NAME IN BACK + POSTCARDS: As above PLUS a signed 7x9” chromira print from the series of 'Daniel and Laura'. This print will only ever be available to Kickstarter pledges and nowhere else. (Print pictured on left ). If you are in AUSTRALIA add $15 for shipping.

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    Pledge AU$ 150 or more About $113

    2 SKATER BOOKS + YOUR NAME IN THE BACK + 4 POSTCARDS For those of you who want to buy one for you and your family this is the perfect option. Have your name in the back and that of your lucky recipient. Limited edition signed skater book and postcards can be yours at this special price.

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    16x12" EDITION PRINT + THE SKATER BOOK + WITH YOUR NAME IN BACK + POSTCARDS: As above PLUS a limited edition signed print from the SKATER series of 'Bryce Campbell. (pictured left). This print will only be available here at a steal. This edition is limited to 100. If you are in AUSTRALIA add $30 for shipping.

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    3 SKATER BOOKS + YOUR NAME IN THE BACK + 6 POSTCARDS. The perfect option for skaters who feature in the book and missed the early bird special. Get together with your fellow skaters or treat your family to their own copy. Limited edition books will be signed.

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    SKATER PHOTOSHOOT FOR YOU + 2 FRIENDS IN MELBOURNE: Your very own SKATER shoot for you and 2 friends at the Melbourne Museum. You will receive a digital file of your shot which can be printed up to 36x24" by you.

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    4 SKATER BOOKS + YOUR NAME IN THE BACK + 8 POSTCARDS. The perfect option for skaters who feature in the book and missed the early bird special. Get together with your fellow skaters or treat your family to their own copy. Limited edition books will be signed.

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    5 BOOKS + YOUR NAME IN THE BACK + 10 POSTCARDS: For those of you who missed the EARLY BIRD SPECIAL, this is a great deal. Each book is signed and contains 2 signed postcards.If you are in AUSTRALIA add $75 for shipping or pick up in Melbourne.

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    36x24" GALLERY PRINT THE SKATER BOOK + WITH YOUR NAME IN BACK + POSTCARDS:: Choose from the 4 prints on the left. The SKATER series is held in both private and gallery collections. As part of kickstarter these 4 archival gallery quality prints are available in editions of 10 at this very special price. Shipping included.

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    40x48" GALLERY FRAMED PRINT OF 'KARINA' FROM THE SERIES + THE SKATER BOOK + WITH YOUR NAME IN BACK + POSTCARDS:: This beautifully framed print of Karina Espinoza from the Skater series is a one off edition. The framed image was exhibited in The National Portrait Gallery of Australia as part of the National Photographic Portrait Prize. This print comes with a catalogue from the show and a letter of authentication at a very special price. The buyer is responsible for courier costs or it can be collected in Melbourne. Book estimated April 2015.

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    5 PHOTOSHOOTS. 5 60x50cm FRAMED PRINTS FROM YOUR SHOOT. 5 photoshoots with a large framed print at the end x 5. Australia only

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