In February of 2016 I embarked on my most daunting photography project yet – to publish a coffee table book featuring Dominica.
I imagined that it would be a difficult journey, as I had never put together a book before. However, I was determined to design it myself (and I did) and I am now just as determined to make the book available to all those interested.
Due to numerous requests, I have attempted to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the project below. If you have any further questions, feel free to send me a direct email via the Contact page.
What is this project about?
‘Majestic and Magical’ is a large format, hardcover photography book, featuring more than 130 images of Dominica captured around the country — from Scotts Head to Laudat, Calibishie to Syndicate, Roseau to Trafalgar and beyond.
The main objective of this project is to show the world how beautiful Dominica really is, and these images do just that, by featuring the sites and landscapes that make our county unique.
Through this Kickstarter project, I’m asking for your help to raise enough funds to print 250 copies of the book.
Why print a book?
In an age when everything is either online or ‘in the cloud’, you’re probably wondering if it even makes sense to print a book.
I chose this medium because it is tangible, durable and it engages more than just one of our five senses. Flipping through the pages of a book forces you to focus your attention on those pages… there are no popus or notifications on a book. It puts the larger-than-life images right in front of you.
This large format book can be given as a gift of considerable value to visitors and Dominicans alike. It is an item that we can all be proud of and excited about.
What will the book look like?
The finished book will be a hardcover, 12×9 inch, color book, 144 pages in length, and printed on 157gsm gloss coated art paper.
Is it just a book of photos?
Majestic and Magical will contain more than 130 images, so you’ll mostly see photographs while browsing through the book. However, I’ve included a caption for every image that includes its name and the location where that image was captured.
I’ve also included brief write-ups throughout the book. In some cases I give information about the history of the locations and for other images I talk about how that particular image was created. I hope that these write-ups enhance your viewing experience.
What’s in it for me?
Apart from signed copies of the book, backers stand to receive limited edition Greeting Cards and museum-quality Canvas Prints.
This reward comes with five custom designed 5×7 inch stationery cards that can be used as a greeting cards, thank you notes, or decorations. The cards include images from the Majestic and Magical book – both in black and white and in color.
Backers may also choose Canvas Prints as part of their rewards. This is a museum-quality piece of art, created to last for more than 75 years (in favorable viewing conditions). The Canvas prints will be shipped to you ready-to-hang, right out of the box.
The quality truly amazing and over the last 3 years of selling various sizes of both, I’ve never had a customer complain or return. On the contrary, customer consistently report successful deliveries and they’re amazed by the color details and lifelike quality.
How will the money be spent?
Presenting photos in the best way possible through print and then getting those books to Dominica is very expensive. Approximately 75% of the money I receive will go towards printing. Here’s the breakdown:
Given that book printing is central to this project, choosing a printing partner was an important decision I made early on. My research led me to a printer based in Michigan in the United States, with printing facilities in China.
The head of the company (with whom I’m in constant contact) has 30 years experience in the art book printing industry, and has designed, engineered and managed more than 8000 printing projects during that time. I have complete confidence in their ability to deliver a quality product on the agreed upon timeline.
What happens if you get more than $8,500?
My funding goal is $8,500. This just about covers printing and shipping 250 copies of Majestic and Magical.
More funding means more book orders to fulfill and more perks (greeting cards, photographic prints, etc.) to send out to backers, like yourself. So, for the most part, that’s where the extra funds will go to.
Here are some things I’d like to do with extra funds:
- Host an official launch event for the book here in Dominica
- Print more copies of the book (300, 400 or even 500 copies)
- Offer an across-the-board gift such as a 11×14 inch print for all Backers.
How do I pledge?
I’ve created a short video that illustrates the pledging process. Check it out below (never mind that the dollar amounts are different!) Click the image to play the video:
This project means a lot to me, not just because it’s my first photo-book, but because I truly believe that it could significantly impact Dominica’s visibility on an international level.
Therefore, if you’re not able to pledge money towards the project, please share it all over your social media channels so that everyone you know finds out about it.
Remember this: Kickstarter is “all or nothing”, meaning that if the project does not get to its funding goal, the book will not be published.
Thanks for taking the time to learn more about Majestic and Magical 🙂