About a year ago, when I was well into shooting what would become After the Fact, I wrote a post here wondering if the politics and the juju of the times we are living through might be short-lived. I wondered if things might get better before I  finished the project. I wondered if After the Fact, which uses bits and pieces of the present to point to a possible future, would be dated, an anachronism, before I was done.

Now, with a new populist government in Italy and the election of right wing populist Doug Ford here in Ontario, it would seem that my worries were misplaced. The division and disfunction are growing, not shrinking. So it turns out that the subject matter of After the Fact is quite timely.

The work is expressive and multi-layered, torn from the headlines. In fact, I think After the Fact is one of the best projects I’ve done. So I launched a Kickstarter to publish it as a book.

And, so far, it’s been slow . . .

I wonder why the lack of interest . . . Is it too dark? Maybe people don’t like the photos, or just don’t want to to know. Maybe it’s not what people expected from me. Is it too expensive (42 Canadian dollars, $31.50 USD,€27!)? Is it some combination of all that, and stuff that hasn’t even occurred to me?

At any rate, the lack of support has left me feeling kind of stupid and a bit humiliated. But, as Cin reminds me, when you do something you never know what will happen.

Here’s a video of the dummy. The design isn’t nailed down but the sequence and the size of the book are pretty much what you see here. (Of course, it’s one thing to look at the video, and a completely different thing to hold a book, smell the ink, feel the paper, turn the pages . . .).

So have a look. If you think it’s worthwhile go to the Kickstarter and chip in. Own it.

Author: Tony Fouhse

Tony is an Ottawa-based photographer.