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Wendell WeeksBy Wendell Weeks
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Wendell WeeksBy Wendell Weeks
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CA$ 3,141
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, December 18 2017 4:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

Back cover (left) and front cover (right) for the book.
Back cover (left) and front cover (right) for the book.

Backstory

I processed my first roll of film almost thirty years ago, in a darkroom at the end of a third-floor hallway of the high school I went to in Montreal. Somehow I remember that, but I couldn't tell you what was on the roll of film. Maybe I botched the processing.

I had my own darkroom for several years in the 1990s, but eventually sold the equipment in '99. I didn't stop shooting, but photography did move to the background for a few years until I bought my first digital camera, in 2006.

In the years since, photography has again become a more consistent part of my life. Digital made it easy, of course, since I could always have a small camera on me at all times (and eventually just my phone), to capture an image wherever and whenever I happened to be.

If there's anything to tie together the photos that will be part of this book, it's that everyday quality of the subjects. These are not shots I planned, or actively went looking for — they're things I simply stumbled upon, while running errands, or taking a walk.

The Project: Publish 1,000 Copies of the Book

I'm trying to fund an offset printing of the book (softcover). About half of these would be distributed as rewards for backers of the project. Of the rest, some would be made available for purchase online, and I'd keep some for myself, to try and distribute locally.

The money raised is mainly to cover the cost of printing the book, but will help with paying for things like frames and mattes (for some of the rewards) and shipping supplies.

Please see the FAQ, for a note on shipping fees, if you live in Toronto or Montreal.

Book Details

  • Number of Photos: 44 (colour)
  • Format: Paperback
  • Size: 6.75" x 6.75" (approx.)

SEE ALL THE PHOTOS

Head over to my photo site, if you'd like to see the complete set of photographs that will be in the book.

 

Risks and challenges

Hopefully, there won't be too many surprises.

I prepared the layout of the book, ordered samples from two different online publishers, and settled on which one I'll use (blurb.ca).

The sample I have is a "print on demand" copy, which is a different process than offset printing. The publisher did let me know that the paper type they'll be using is different (but comparable) stock to the one used in the sample I have. I'll get a physical proof of the offset version of the book before the complete order is made, and there's an outside chance I might decide to change paper types, which would cause a delay in shipment. I don't expect that to happen, but you never know.

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    Postcard

    A thank you postcard featuring the book’s cover photo. Every little bit helps, thanks!

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    The Book

    A copy of the book.

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    A Pair of Books

    One for you, one for a fellow, minimalist-photo-loving friend.

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    A Redundant Trilogy

    Is it inaccurate to call three copies of the same book a trilogy? Yes. Is it acceptable since I added “redundant”? Sure. Three copies of the book. One for you and two for friends.

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    Book + Mystery Polaroid

    A signed, framed, one-of-a-kind instant print. Technically not a Polaroid, but a Fuji “Instax” (not quite as catchy, is it?). This is a small photo, about the size of a business card, that will be mounted in a 5” x 7” frame. You won’t know what photo you’ll get, but it will be in the same, minimalist vein as the photos in the book. Comes with one copy of the book.

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    Book + Framed Print (Front Cover)

    A signed, 6” x 6” print of the book’s cover photo, in a 10” x 10” frame. Comes with one copy of the book.

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    Book + Framed Print (Back Cover)

    A signed, 6” x 6” print of the book’s back cover photo, in a 10” x 10” frame. Comes with one copy of the book.

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Funding period

- (21 days)