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Monday, November 28, 2011

Hello Skater Girl says Hello Again!

Mock Up from the forthcoming Hello Skater Girl book...
Hello Skater Girl says Hello Again!

This is the message I just received from Julian Bleecker, the mastermind below Hello Skater Girl.

Yes. Hello. It's Julian here to give you an update on my photo book project, Hello Skater Girl.

I'll just remind you..

For the last year and change, I've been doing a bit of a photo essay and visual anthropology to become a book called "Hello, Skater Girl." It's a photo book first — something that I hope people can enjoy regardless of what they feel about skateboarding. I think it'll be fun and a bit unexpected seeing as it shows a side of skateboarding that I don't think many people expect in a photograph. (I'm not a skater by the way — could you imagine? I'm just a guy who set off to document something he knows nothing about to better understand that thing. A bit of a "follow your curiosity" challenge.)

I'm about half-way through the campaign and just a hair more than half-way to covering the cost of printing books and photo rewards.

That's awesome and nerve-wracking at the same time.

Maybe you can help make it more awesome than nerve-wracking. I'm not asking for a hand-out — this is a real thing. I'm publishing a book. If I was going through an old-fashioned publisher, they'd put a bunch of copies of the book in a store.

I'd rather go direct to my friends and do it the new fashioned way. I'll be printing what I need and doing it to share the project with my friends. And that's it. Small-scale. Artisinal. Craft-y. ;-)

Doing it myself and going direct to friends gives me lots more creative control. This'll be more than an uninspired print-on-demand thing. There'll be a hand-made-ness to it.

There are a bunch of rewards to chose from — from warm-feeling rewards to a proper photo shoot. I recommend getting the book *plus a lovely big luscious 16x20 print for $60. (I think that's a pretty good deal. If 16x20 is too big, we can work that out.)

It's all right here:

Hope you can help. Keep in mind, you wouldn't be buying the book now — you wouldn't pay until after the new year. So..there's that. Also, if $60 is too rich in these recession-y times, there are other rewards. Check the Kickstarter page:

We're also on Facebook:

And the project website with some photography lives!

If you've already contributed — thanks! I can't wait for you to see the project completed.


Word up Julian…

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