This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, March 5 2019 5:31 PM UTC +00:00.
Derelict Dreams is a large size photo-graphic novel about old signs and old cars coming to life and invading Las Vegas. Backers of this project will get a choice of a hard back copy of the book, paperback copy, or a PDF, with some choices a combination of all. There is a special opportunity for business backers to be included in the book. See the rewards to the right and back Derelict Dreams today.
What is Kickstarter, and is it safe?
For those who are not familiar with Kickstarter, I can tell you that it is a wonderful platform to fund projects that otherwise would require the backing of big corporations to exist. With Kickstarter, it is possible to publish a book without a huge publisher controlling it. To back this project, yes, you will have to sign up for free with Kickstarter. But you don't need to do that until you're ready to be part of the Derelict Dreams project. Make sure to pick a reward, not just a pledge amount. If you don't want to deal with Kickstarter, please contact me.
What's in the Book?
This book will be a unique fantasy story that is told primarily with full page artistic photo paintings such as the examples below. There is also a considerable narrative, so it's not just a "picture book." The settings for the pictures will be throughout Las Vegas and surrounding areas, including Mt. Charleston, Red Rock, Lake Mead, Fremont street, The Strip and many, many neighborhoods and businesses that are historically important to Las Vegas. I have involved lots of locals in picking locations that are meaningful to the town's history and its residents. This book will serve as a tour of Las Vegas that includes places only locals remember, as well as the high profile hotel-casinos. And it's all done in the context of an adventure story. Watch the next video to get a better feel for what Derelict Dreams is:
Who Will Like This Book?
Derelict Dreams appeals to locals and tourists, as well as people who like fantasy and graphic novels. For locals, they get to see historic locations around Las Vegas, places that are almost forgotten. For tourists, they get to see the classic vision of Vegas, with the hotels and casinos. The fantasy aspect will appeal to fans of comics and graphic novels. Although it's not for everyone, there is an impressive list of attractive features to this book that a lot of people can enjoy.
The story in this graphic novel follows two young sisters as they take a journey to understand the mystery behind this strange phenomena that is making signs huge and mobile, crawling around Las Vegas. Where are they coming from? Are they dangerous? What can be done about it? Come along with the girls as they travel around Las Vegas in a British, double-decker bus called Art Bus Coffee. You’ll see fantastic views of Las Vegas and the surrounding areas, and become entranced by the two tenacious sisters who seem to be the only ones who can do something about this chaotic mess.
These books will be printed and bound with a high quality press and materials deserving of an art book such as this. Your support of this project goes toward the development and printing of the book in a print run large enough to keep the individual book prices down. And knowing you’re supporting the project inspires me to keep pushing the edge of creativity to make an outstanding book full of beautiful and intriguing works of art. None of this matters without people enjoying it too, and that's why I chose Kickstarter as a platform to connect with people who will appreciate the artwork.
I have the outline complete, along with a fair amount of the writing. I also have a clear plan for making the pictures, but I’ve only finished 10% of what are needed to tell the story properly. I am aiming for approximately 130 pages in an 11 x 8.5 landscape format book. The long lead-out time of more than is year is necessary to produce the number of quality pictures in so many locations needed to tell the story. It can take days to make just one picture, and I will not cut corners when making these images. They are the heart and soul of the book, and they need time to to be made right. When you back this project, you're along for the ride as I post updates of progress. It will be very fun for all of us.
Who is Steve Patchin?
I have been a photographer in Las Vegas for more than 30 years. In the past 6 years, I have been working extensively in digital compositing and what I call photo-painting, which is using photographs as the components of more complex compositions that go beyond simple photography. Perhaps the best blanket description for what is do is digital art. With this story set in Las Vegas, I’m particularly qualified to tell it because I’ve lived here for more than 50 years, and I’ve been photographing the city for decades. I know and love the town. This book will be a grand tour of Las Vegas with a fun story to go with it. When you back this project, you’re really getting something special. Watch the video below to see some examples of my work.
I’ve been working on this story for more than three years, and taking pictures that will become part of the book for even longer. When I became a professional photographer in the ‘80s, we were using film, so I made every shot count, carefully planning angles and lighting because of the very limiting analog technology. With advanced digital technology, we now have much greater creative opportunity. It took me a while to adapt to a new way of thinking that was not so restrictive, and ultimately, I found so much that was trying to escape the confinements of my imagination I couldn’t keep it in anyway.
Creativity doesn’t always need a “why” to exist, and in fact, it needs an absence of “whys” to be set free. Why was I taking pictures of old signs? Why was I sometimes shooting scenery that wasn’t perfect, lacking ideal magic-hour lighting? Why was I photographing old fences, rusty metal, beat-up mechanical components, odd car parts, various cloud formations, drops of water on windows? I could say they interested me, but that’s not really an answer, nor does it really matter. I’m just glad I did it. Now, the story and the pictures are coming together in this project, this book that will become Derelict Dreams. It will be the highest and most important point in my career as a photographer and artist.
How Did this Start?
A few years ago, I set out on a solo trip in my weather-beaten Toyota van, heading north from Las Vegas, up I-93 toward Canada. I didn’t have a specific plan other than to explore and find interesting things to photograph. I drove through Nevada, Idaho and Montana, returning home through northern Utah. I didn’t have a schedule. I didn’t have room reservations. I didn’t have to be anywhere at any particular time.
So, when a place intrigued me, I stopped there and let it speak. I listened to what the countryside and towns had to say. I followed their voices. I found old signs on abandoned buildings off highways, where once their businesses served important railroad stops, but now were lost on back roads, hidden from the endless drove of commuters and tourists who stick to the main arteries as though the capillaries aren’t needed. I sat in the embrace of wild sage as the sun burned my shadow into the desert. I groped through piles of decades-old, rusty cans and felt the presence of past homesteaders who once followed their dreams into the mountains. I drove with the windows down, welcoming the dusty air into the van along with the last light of day. And I photographed all these things.
I became obsessed with decaying signs and stopped wherever I saw one, sometimes only taking one picture. I collected textures and colors as though I needed them for sustenance. My camera rode on the seat beside me, an intimate companion who I needed as much as it needed me. Together, we made thousands of pictures that are now integral to Derelict Dreams.
I call much of my work photo-paintings because it's not straight photography, and it's not traditional painting, and it's not photographs with some filters applied. In fact, the process is rather involved. Have a look at this video to see how some of these types of images are made:
I've owned and operated my video production and photography business, Patchin Pictures, for more than 20 years. You can also see more of my work on the Patchin Pictures website: Patchin Pictures
And even more here, on the Art Bus Coffee website. Art Bus Coffee is my mobile coffee shop and art gallery in a British double decker bus. I sell a lot of my art through Art Bus Coffee. The bus is also part of the story of Derelict Dreams. Art Bus Coffee
You can see a video of more photo paintings here:
Why Back Derelict Dreams?
This is my first Kickstarter campaign, and it’s my first graphic novel, which I’m calling a photo-graphic novel because it is all based on photography, even though many people tell me my pictures look like paintings. I have made photo books before, but not something on this scale, with a story. I’ve been honing my photography and digital painting skills for years, and I've also been writing for years as well. Now is the right time for this book. It’s not like anything you’ve seen before, so those of you supporting this campaign are in for something unique and cool, a book of artwork I hope you’ll be proud to show others. I will post updates on this page so you can join me in the process, seeing some of the progress as I create the pictures. And I hope you’ll tell others about the Derelict Dreams campaign as well.
Let's Do this Together! Back Derelict Dreams today.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge of this project is the number of pictures I need to create, but that's also the funnest part for me. I photograph things all the time anyway, and I produce one to four new photo paintings a week as well, so this project will mean that those pictures all will be for Derelict Dreams. Even at that rate, it will take more than a year to complete all that are needed. I've already done the research on book printing and chosen a book printer/publisher, so we're assured the books will be outstanding quality. Now, I just need to know enough people are interested to support the project. When it's funded, I will finish the work, because this means a lot to me. It's something I've been working toward for years. If it doesn't fund, or if I don't finish the project, there is no risk to the backers. They'll pay nothing. But we're all more interested in what happens when it comes together. I promise it will be worth it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter