Theimagefile photographer Ashley Franklin has launched a crowdfunding appeal for his latest project The Valley that Changed the World, the first ever photo book of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, arguably the most significant World Heritage site on the planet.
You can discover more about the project and his appeal by going to his Crowdfunder page here!
As Ashley explains: ‘It’s an exciting project that has consumed me already for a year but I fear I may not be able to see it through without funds. I have already sacrificed a great deal of work time taking essential photos and even more photography is needed. As the book is being published in conjunction with the Arkwright Society, I am anxious to help the Society with the printing costs and there will also be funds needed for mounting an exhibition. Together, these will cost around £10,000.
‘As someone who has lived in the Derwent Valley for 38 years, this is a project close to my heart and to see it founder through lack of funds would be heartbreaking.
‘So, I hope I can count on your support. You can pledge anything from £10 to £300 and there are various ‘rewards’ on offer. For any pledge, your name will be inscribed in the book as a ‘thank you’. Pledge £50 and you will get a free copy of the book ( which will be sold at around £20) and an invitation to the launch plus a choice of a tour around one of three mills in the valley.
I do hope you will make a pledge. I have set a target of £7,500 to raise in five weeks. If I reach that target, your pledge turns into a donation. If I fall short, I get nothing.
So, if you make a pledge, tell your friends and family about this project, whether that’s via email or on Facebook, Twitter, or over a drink… share your support and help this project achieve its goal.
Ashley Franklin ARPS, ABPPA, APAGB