I recently received word that this photo was chosen for inclusion in the book “One Life Photos” being put out by Artists Wanted. You may remember that One Life Photos was that contest that I entered a few months back.
According to Managing Editor Mandisa Wright….
“Out of the many photographs entered into the One Life Photography Competition, only a select few will appear in this publication. You can take pride in knowing that your photography is among the best we have seen, and we believe this special coffee-table book will be even better with your photo included.”
I’m continuing to chip away at putting together a kickstarter campaign/book pre-sale. I’ve completed some editorial and layout work on the book already and I’m anxious to raise some funds and complete the rest of the work. I’ll be starting a YEAR long house sitting job soon(yes, that’s is exciting too), so progress should be quicker. More news regarding all of the work I’ve done on the project in that in the near future. Stay tuned.
Thanks for your continued encouragement and continued support.
About 50 Couches in 50 Nights
My name is Dean MacKay. In June and July of 2010, I slept on 50 different couches in 50 consecutive nights. I took photographs of the couches, both as a couch and as my bed. I took portraits of my hosts and interviewed them. I documented their homes on film and digitally as well as in a journal. I was treated to home cooked meals and intimate secrets. I was cared for when I was ill and checked in on after I was long gone. There were sleepless nights and busy days and times spent discussing the past and dreaming about the future. I drank a lot of coffee at a lot of different coffee houses. There were old friends who became closer and acquaintances who I now call my friends. There were even strangers who invited me into their homes. Threads were woven among them all. My skills were honed as I practiced my craft on a daily basis. I learned many things about my hosts and I continue to learn many things about myself. These times are unforgettable.
This journey was initially born out of necessity. The economic times had taken their toll. But the fruit of this labor is not simply financial. It is emotional and spiritual and societal. I tapped into something that is still developing. And as it develops I will share with you this knowledge as well as providing you a way to share it with others.
I hope that you will support me as this journey continue and grows. I plan to unveil many things from this work including a coffee table book on the couches, and perhaps other books and a documentary. I'm also hoping to get the blog carried on a major website. Of course, and second project is also in the works although what form it will take has yet to be determined. Any assistance or advice that you can offer to further these projects is welcome. Your support, both financial and emotional, is crucial to my success.
© Dean MacKay 2010
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