About this project
Support the publication of this fully illustrated book that researches and details life 'With Photography'.
One of my reviewers said to me: 'This is absolutely the right time for this book to appear - it has its own moment in history and it is now!'
- The project funding is to pay for the publishing of With Photography. It is already written, apart from the Addendum which will include details of the process that brought it to the marketplace. What an experience that is turning out to be!
- Combining thousands of photographs alongside and within relevant text on every page is what makes this book unusual. Normally publishing costs of a book of this calibre would be prohibitive. By, effectively doing it myself I can keep the price of the book during the campaign to £35 with a nominal amount for p and p as I am subsidising that where I can.
- The subject matter in the book is also unusual and I hope. Conveying the quality, look and feel of 'With Photography' electronically is challenging, I hope I am doing it justice. See the screenshots below and the four videos for more detail.
With Photography has taken eight years of planning, two years of writing and designing and, of course, a lifetime of experiences that I would like to share with you.
My story started when I was 5 years old and excitedly pointed out to my grandfather an upside down 'picture' of a barn and trees that was projected through a keyhole onto a wall in a darkened passageway in our house. Some months later, I received a camera as a gift, a beloved 'Kodak Brownie 127' that I have to this day.
The book's story started when my sister asked me one day what the point was in taking 'all those pictures if I didn't share them any with anyone' - that was a long time ago, before digital cameras and technology that encourages and facilitates the sharing of photographs.
My story is the reason why I have lived my life 'with photography' and why I have been compelled to write the book. The book is designed to inform and to inspire.
With Photography is of both general and photographic interest. The Illustrated subjects discussed and included are many and diverse, please take a moment to look at the four videos.
The first video heads up the campaign. It is an introduction to 'With Photography' showing screenshots of some of the pages.
This second video explains my own photography and why I have lived my life with the medium, 'With Photography'.
This is the third video, actually it is more of a voice-over and is designed to give an example of how the text and images sit together using one of the many subjects that are covered in the book that come under the 'general' umbrella - in this case Tring, in 'Rothschildshire'. It was a challenging exercise to reduce the written text down to fit with the images, I think it works.
This last video is a voice-over of extracts of just one topic:
Praise from those who have read a proof of With Photography:
'With Photography' is impressive and claiming a missing place in the library about photography. Jane Clark, Amateur Photographer, Norway
An unexpected page-turner! Sontag-like observations, illustrated by fascinating images which depict a wide range of photographic expression and experimentation. Jo Whitehead, Photographer
A writer relies heavily on observation and I am deeply grateful to Sally Hedges Greenwood for teaching me to look beyond the image. Her fascinating and compelling book has opened up a completely new dimension for me. Camilla Ware. Author Camilla Ware, Author.
Updates are detailed separately and below:
The underlying photograph for the cover (above) is one I took in 2004. It is entitled 'Anxiously In The Auditorium' from an abstract series entitled 'Painting With Light'. Taken on colour film using a medium-format camera the shutter was kept open while I decided what part of the scene before me I wanted to appear and where. It reveals in a visually metaphoric way how I felt at that time.
The laminated matt cover For With Photography will be similar with the text and the reviewers quotes added. The font and positioning of the title will also be moved to more eye-catching position.
(7 October 2013 - here it is - other than amending the text and upgrading the photo of yours truly, it is now finished)
Throughout the book a mix of images and narrative sit happily side by side, the text complementing the photographs.
Documentary and candid photography have allowed the observation of people from different cultures, countries and environments.
The juxtaposition of my own photographs and those of my ancestors demonstrate the changes in fashion and behaviour over the last century as well as offering proof of the technical advances in capturing the images.
Where the story has demanded it images from outside contributors have been invited (with my thanks for the above to the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust).
At all times I have strived to present the story and the images in a way that will not only please but also inspire:
Extract: On the page, above left, 'the aim of each person in the compilation entitled 'Anonymous, after Thomas Ruff' at the time of having the picture taken, was to apply for a passport, a student identity card or something for which their accurate likeness was the only requirement. There is no sense of occasion, the individuals are mainly unknown to each other and of the purpose behind my putting them together; they are in ignorance of that fact. They only belong together because of me, the person who put them together, who knows them all. Each image in that group serves automatically as a trigger to spontaneous recollection and reminiscences of individual associations and relationships and of occasions that I have spent with them, although never all at the same time.'
Extract: 'The picture of my father' (above right) which was taken purely as a holiday snap in 1946, 'has layers of associations for me, of course -with the passage of time, even simple photographs of oneself become historical artefacts, and the meaning of the image, to the viewer, changes. The meaning to the subject and the photographer, who may be one and the same, vanishes once neither is around to inform and when there is no written record of what it was all about. Even when there is a written record, we tend to draw our own conclusions. The photograph no longer speaks to us, saying, ‘Look at me!’ or, ‘Look at us!’ but perhaps, ‘What curious clothes they wore back then,’ or ‘Weren’t people thin just after the war?’'
There are 440 pages in the book With Photography. The printing is of the highest standard allowing full colour and tonal ranges (these are screenshots, the quality is impossible to reproduce here).
As you can see below, I have also ensured that the finished .pdf file would benefit from reading on an appropriate electronic device for those that wish to purchase the DVD.
There is also a full index and bibliography.
For further example pages do please take two minutes to view the video above.
What about the funding?:
- Anyone pledging £35 or more receives a hard copy of the book, stitched and hard-bound, with approximately 440 pages printed in full colour on top quality white paper with a silk finish. I have cut down the cost as much as I can to offer the best possible quality at the best possible price. If you want more than one book please just add the appropriate amount - no need to repeat the process. For example: if one book is £35 and you want 2, pay £70. If you are abroad and the price for one book is £35 + £10 (£40) and you want 2, pay £80 - I have looked into it, the postage doesn't become cheaper. You can have as many books as you want at these prices while the campaign is running.
- Alternatively I am also planning a DVD for those that prefer to read the book electronically. Anyone who pledges for the £20 or more reward will be named in the back of the book (unless they prefer not) and in the .pdf version that, when viewed on an appropriate device, will benefit from today's touch-screen technology.
** I hope I have been able to interest you in my project.
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Thank you so much.
Risks and challenges
Over the eight years since I started putting With Photography together there have been many changes in the world as we slipped into a recession. We have also changed the way we perceive certain social issues and some individuals that were originally mentioned in the book have since had to be removed as they have fallen from grace within our society. This has meant constantly revisiting the manuscript to keep it as current as possible and this will continue right up to the moment when it goes into print.
The final addendum has yet to be written as it will include the names, stories, perhaps even photographs of backers who may choose to be involved at that level. Although a challenge, this makes the book come alive. This is why the Kickstarter method, where I can maintain control of the project and the price of the book, is ideal.
Because I had to concentrate, in fact immerse, myself on writing and then designing of the book I decided not to stray into the realms of commerce; questions on how I was going to market and publish the book had to wait to be answered until only recently. Niggling in the back of my mind throughout was the thought 'what if I can't find a way to get the book printed at the quality I want and a price that means I can actually afford to do it'. In the end, within a short space of time, I found a wonderful printers here in the UK, which I have already visited and signed up. They are helping me to achieve my goals.
Because of my seclusion or hibernation during the period of actually writing ironically I have not kept up with, what I would and do call, our photographic revolution - the emergence of Hipstomatic prints is covered in the book, Instagram and SnapChat will be in the addendum. What a fantastic way of communicating with photography, making my experiences With Photography suddenly almost of a different era. I am now moving with it and I have thoroughly enjoyed the process of familiarising myself with these particular apps - I realise that I would have made my life a whole lot easier had I been 'growing' with their progression. My social media networking would benefit from 2 years exposure, instead of tens of 'followers' I would likely have tens of thousands - but that was then and this is now. I feel that I am living the last chapter of the book right now.
I have learnt a lot with this project - having joined several online Kickstarter support groups, read posts in forums and so on I can see that the projects that make tens of thousands of $ or £ have had meticulous social media planning before the product is launched, something I have not done. Therefore, this morning (9 October) I thought, should I do what some do and start over with the project, having learnt what I have learnt. No and do you know why? One of my reviewers said to me that this is the right time for this book to appear. Charting, as it does, a period in the history of photography up to the point that it went viral - up to the point where everybody takes photographs and posts them randomly on the internet - it has its own moment in history and it is now!
The videos in this website have been uploaded to YouTube and Facebook which is linked to my Twitter account. My Instagram and Facebook accounts are also linked. The learning curve is steep and welcomed!
The emergence of e-printing has helped my project rather than hindering it as I thought it would at first. By producing a printed book crammed full of images and text that is unique in nature at a time when many are concentrating on uploading text only fiction for e-book production I am being helped by so many people. You know who you are - thank you!
My understanding of the e-book process is that it is expensive for a book as large as With Photography, due to up- and downloading of all the images. The solution I have found is to create a DVD with its own ISBN number, which when uploaded onto a device equipped with the appropriate technology it can be read with all the benefits of today's e-readers including enlarging with the swipe of a finger and so on as you can see in the images above. It can of course also be read on a computer or a laptop.
Every turn I take in this process has given me something to learn and I have enjoyed it all. Returning to college to learn how to typeset the book using Adobe Indesign was something I hadn't considered. Now, looking back, it seems obvious that the only person who could put the images and text together in the right places would have to be me.
The Kickstarter process where I have to limit project descriptions to 135 characters is helping me to be succinct which is a challenge for me. Knowing how to describe a book that is unique in most ways means it can't be compared to a "J K Rowling' or a 'James Patterson' (I wish, although does JP write any of his own books any more?!)
Marketing the book is, therefore, a challenge that I am still working through and I would be very grateful for your help. I hope that if I have managed to inspire you you will tell your friends, email them a link, like or share on your Facebook pages and generally feel that you would like to be involved. Thank you so much.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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