Photographic Excursions in Southern Africa.
I am busy with my next nature photography book project and require partial funding to make the project a reality.
The idea for this book project is to create a compilation of nature photography that I captured over more than a decade on my excursions into Southern Africa. I also want to return to the area where it all started many years ago, and capture additional photographs of one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Namaqualand and the Richtersveld.
Namaqualand is a semi-desert region situated inland on the West Coast of the Northern Cape Province in South Africa. It is known for its spectacular annual wild flowers in early Spring (August to September).
The Richtersveld is situated above Namaqualand on the North Western
border of South Africa and Namibia.
The Richtersveld Transfrontier Park is an UNESCO World Heritage site due to the biodiversity that is found in this unique Mountain Desert. Many species of succulent plants occur nowhere else on earth.
My background and experience:
I earn a living as a 3D Visual Effects Artist in the Film and Television Industry. My passion for photography started in Art School when I studied Graphic Design and had Photography as a subject. As I live in South Africa, unspoilt wide open spaces and breathtaking wildlife is always just a road trip away.
Even though photography is more of a passion than a job for me, my photographs are widely published Internationally. Companies and Organizations that published my photographs include National Geographic, The Smithsonian, UNESCO, Cambridge University, Princeton University, Oxford University, Kew Botanic Garden and many other mainstream publishers. My two previous books are currently on sale at Amazon, Apple iStore and Blurb.
Due to my Graphic Design background, I am able to do the book Layout and Design myself. This will keep costs down and allow me complete creative control.
How the funds will be used:
As I've been going on photographic excursions in Southern Africa for many years, I am not new to planning this kind of trip. From experience I have learnt what is involved logistically when you take the road less travelled, and travel on the back routes in remote areas with hardly any infrastructure or people. This is actually part of the appeal and always leads to adventure, unexpected discovery and great photographic opportunities.
On trips of this nature over vast distances, fuel costs have become one of the largest cost contributing factors. As infrastructure is sparse, one needs to have additional fuel and other essential provisions with you.
- Equipment Rental:
I have made substantial investments in camera equipment over the years, and experience has taught me that it is not wise to change lenses too often in these dusty desert environments. I usually take my older backup camera along with a different lens on. To keep costs down, I simply rent an additional lens for the duration of the trip.
All the great photo opportunities are a bit off the beaten track. For most part my SUV is sufficient, but in some of the off-road mountain passes it is crucial to have a high clearance 4x4 vehicle with a low-range gearbox. I will need to rent a suitable vehicle to complete the last section of the trip through the rough terrain of the Richtersveld.
- Pre-Print Costs:
At least two test prints of the book is required before final sign-off.
Estimated book completion:
- Early 2015
High Quality Printing:
As with my previous books, I am planning to self publish via Blurb again. This has the added benefit of allowing me to use high quality printing techniques and photographic quality paper that is typically not an option when one takes the high volume mass printing route. High quality printing at lower volumes make the book more exclusive, but does add additional cost at the printing stage.
If a publisher of high quality books can persuade me otherwise, I will consider a more traditional publishing route as it will lower the book's selling price.
- Low volume Hard Cover Coffee Table Book.
- Signed Limited Edition Hard Cover Coffee Table Book.
The role of Sponsors:
On these trips I "rough it" and camp when possible to keep costs down. There are great opportunities for Companies that supply Photographic and Outdoor Camping equipment to get involved. I am open to any form of sponsorship deal that will help make the project a success.
Time to get out of the city and go where the air is clean, and the streets have no names.
Martin P Heigan