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Breathtaking photographic images exploring the Venus poses & female nude. Shot on medium format film. Complete & ready for publication

London, UK Art Books
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VENUS is a unique project several years in the making, a beautiful relatively small run of 1000 high quality books, and an exhibition accompanying the  book launch in London, which will then tour within the UK and hopefully Europe. NB* the BOOK'S RRP HAS BEEN CONFIRMED AT £40-50 and so this is STILL a chance to buy this book at discount!

I have been working on this self-funded project for four years and it's finally ready to be published. With your support and generosity, all this planning and work can finally be brought out into the real world. Shot entirely on medium format B&W film in some of the UK’s most celebrated country houses, my series of 54 unique images and 15,000 words of text is completed. 

Locations include famous and historically significant houses, from Alnwick Castle, where Harry Potter was filmed, to Castle Howard where Brideshead was revisited twice(!). The photographs combine the female form with architecture in a manner never before seen. The halls, of Houghton and Holkham, Sledmere the gallery of Newby Hall, as well as follies and fountains provide the perfect setting for these beautifully executed analogue photographs.

A handful of the images have been shot on 7x5" sheet film, within a studio scenario, using my Victorian half plate camera and some very special, custom made, sheet film carriers.

Venus is the mother of all female nudity in art. She is known for her ethereal beauty, which transcends mere desire. With the advent of photography this disassociation from the mortal world became difficult to execute. In this series, the concept of perfect encapsulation of female beauty is reclaimed and represented for the modern world.

The accompanying text on the story of Venus, by a noted antiquarian gives a feeling for the historical context. The print quality of the book itself is integral as it provides a feel of the accompanying touring exhibition of limited edition, silver bromide, hand prints and is a must have for anyone interested in B&W figurative photography, the role of Venus in art, the female nude or neoclassical architecture. Keeping the text accessible, twelve specially commissioned, hand drawn, illustrations of the 'essential' Venus poses by the talented Katherine Hardy, help guide the uninitiated through the world of Venus.

The result will be: the highest quality, offset litho printed, tonally rich, black and white, art house style, hard-back, coffee table book. Funds raised with this Kickstarter campaign will finance only one thing: producing the first edition of books. This includes commercial printing (digital laser press), paper and other costs for special binding. I have a publisher: Quartet in place (contractually), they are fully committed and ready to push sales through specialist as well as mainstream channels. But these books are very costly to produce so the support I’m seeking is by means of advanced sales of this beautiful book. Think of this as a traditional 'list of subscribers'. Advanced sales will make it possible to move ahead and print the whole edition. Think Christmas Presents!

Timing is critical. This publication is ready for press and bind, and I want to be signed off by 31st July.

Books will be produced in time for Christmas distribution and prints will be ready for shipping 2 weeks prior to the book launch date. This has not been set precisely, but November would be a good guide.

Some prints being offered here as rewards are exclusives and will never be offered or available again. Please check reward details!

Risks and challenges

The great news is that there are NO RISKS! This book IS BEING published. All the hard work has been done, this Kickstarter is solely to help make pre-sales, the money raised will go directly towards helping to fund the quality of the printing!

The main challenge being faced is that every kind of printing is expensive, and putting together a book, where quality is fundamental is very precise and therefore pricey AND time consuming. I have a close and supportive network that will help me with proofing and samples as well as layouts and final editing.

These tasks will be done by other professionals and of course my creative and highly critical eye as well as personal dedication and professionalism will be heavily involved at all stages!

My publishers are FULLY committed to not only producing this book BUT to making it the real success it has the potential to be. They will also be on hand to offer guidance, support and critical validation.

If VENUS is not funded during this round, these books will only be produced in a very limited run and certain aspects of production will probably have to be compromised, most notably print quality. A lesser version will have to suffice as the very real need for economy will have to co-exist alongside the reality of small budgets constraints.

As previously stated, I have been committed to making this work and have found the energy and resources to get VENUS to this stage. Thank you for considering joining me in the completion of this project!

Books will be produced in time for Christmas distribution and prints will be ready for shipping 2 weeks prior to the book launch date. This has not been set, but November would be a good guide.

ADDITIONALLY some prints being offered here are exclusives and will never be offered or available again. Please check reward details!

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    A limited Edition silver gelatin hand print 9.5x12 inches.
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    A first edition copy of the book, signed by the photographer and a limited Edition silver gelatin hand print 12x16 inches.

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    A first edition copy of the book, signed by the photographer and a limited Edition silver gelatin hand print 12x16 inches and invitation (with a plus one) to the book launch.

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    A first edition copy of the book, signed by the photographer. A limited Edition silver gelatin hand print 20x16 inches and invitation (with a plus one) to the book launch.
    N.B* These 20x16" prints will be on sale at the exhibition for a minimum of £650.00. *EXCLUSIVE SIZE AND EDITION
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