About this project
WET is my second Kickstarter project. Even though my first project, NAKED IBIZA, was successfully funded, I do not want to assume that this will be the case again. I would really appreciate your support and feedback with this new project, even just by sharing this with your friends on social media to spread the word.
I have photographed so many images over the last decade, and often I do not post the best online, preferring to save them for future book projects. With these images, one option is always to do a compilation of random images, but I work better if I have some theme or structure to follow. Looking over these thousands of images, it became clear to me that beaches, pools, seas and showers feature so heavily in my best work. Since I rarely work with props, perhaps water has become a prop of sorts, similar to a fabric, washing over the body. And so the WET book was born...
What to expect
If you have any of my other books, you will know that clothing is not an option, and bare naked skin rules the day. Not only will the images in WET include 10 years of never-published photographs, I have also been shooting new material to go along with this theme. WET will pull together a collection of tantalising images taken in the Mediterranean Sea, pools in Palm Springs and Los Angeles, showers all over the world, as well as some studio work. I have tried to combine a mix of full frontal nudes (flaccid and erect), striking portraits, and a close-up focus on skin, water and texture. The book will feature a diverse mix of models and body types, captured both in color and black & white.
This hardcover photo book with dust jacket will be approximately 100 pages and will measure 10¼ x 13½ inches / 26 x 34 cm, printed on heavy stock, and high quality photo paper.
Collectors Edition Extras
Like my last project, NAKED IBIZA, I am offering COLLECTORS EDITION pledge levels. Backers will receive the book in a stylish slipcase (mock up below) and also a print. I have made the print sizes bigger compared to my last project so you will really have something special you can frame and display in your home. The DELUXE COLLECTORS EDITION includes a Limited Edition print which has more value. There are a choice of 2 images (shown on the mock up further down) that you can choose from as soon as the campaign has ended so I can get the print posted to you in time for the holidays. However you can also decide to wait until next year if you prefer a wider selection of images to choose from.
LIMITED EDITION GICLEE PRINT: Some information about the DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION: Giclee printing is used by many museums and art galleries throughout the world. This high quality printing technique is achieved with a combination of state-of-the-art inkjet heads placing the finest droplets of ink onto fine art graded papers. Paper is 300gsm, delicate ultra matt, 100% cotton rag based paper with a slightly textured feel, 100% acid free, PH neutral.
Photoshoot with me
I have added this brand new pledge level as a test to see what kind of interest it generates. If you pledge at this level, I will personally liaise with you to find a suitable time and location for our shoot, or you can nominate someone else to be the model, the ultimate unique gift idea. IMPORTANT: Travel and accommodations are not included in the pledge level, which is based on the shoot taking place with me in Ibiza. However, I do travel frequently, and we can possibly work out an alternate plan for our shoot. There is no strict time restriction on this as long as we can get it done in the next couple of years.
It is important to me that you understand this is not charity, in which the last you see of WET is the contribution button. You are pre-ordering the book (and other perks) before it is printed. If the goal is not reached, the book will not be printed and you will not be charged. The goal may seem high, but it is based on the cost of producing and printing a moderate print run on high quality paper so that the per book price can be affordable.
Risks and challenges
I have enough images for the book, but I would like to include a few more with models I will be shooting later this year, so for this reason the expected delivery would be April 2017. For those that pledge at the DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION level, your Limited Edition print can be available before the end of the year as noted above.
I will be working with my long-time German publisher Bruno Gmünder and a renowned Italian printing house, the same team that successfully put together NAKED IBIZA. If the goal is not met, no money will be taken. If the goal is met, the funds will be used for production and shipping.
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