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Thank you so much to all the amazing 70+ people who backed PZPG! But just because you weren't an early-bird doesn't mean you can't still get a copy, nab one in the online store.


For print & jumper sales email me directly at cam 'at' camcope 'dot' com.



Where the owl left the eagle comes to sit


'Pabva Zizi Pagara Gondo' (PZPG) is a photobook that builds on an expression in Zimbabwe's Shona language.


I first heard it visiting the family village of my girlfriend, Tazi Banda, in rural Zimbabwe. Her 8-year-old cousin had stolen my seat by the fire and sang it out like a squeaky pip when I came after him. Everyone cracked up and they translated it to 'where the owl left the eagle comes to sit' - a proverb more eloquent than 'snooze you lose' for a victim made chairless. 


But after the laughter faded and the embers turned cold, the metaphor took flight. In my imagination Tazi and I became the eagle and the owl, our different backgrounds and modes of seeing crossing in the dark, trading places over continents.


PZPG photobook


PZPG is a limited edition photobook containing 31 sequenced black and white photographs that I shot in Zimbabwe. Placed across 74, A5-size pages, the images, sequencing and notes to selected photographs explore and allegorise themes from Zimbabwe's national story and Tazi's and my cultural exchange.


The images are proposed as poetic fragments, starting points, cues for questions, for reading and reconciling broader themes such as Zimbabwe's legacies of colonialism, civil war, mass emigration and governance crises. It's an eagle's way of taking notes while an owl helped him fly in the dark.




The photographer


My name is Cameron James Cope and I've been a travel and documentary photographer based in Narrm (Melbourne) for 8 years. In 2014 I was Australian Travel Photographer of the year and in 2016 a finalist in the Australian Life national photography prize. I recently completed a Master of Fine Art at RMIT University, where I also run photography workshops.


@camcopephoto

www.camcope.com


Launch & exhibition


RSVP for the launch via the Facebook event page or email to cam 'at' camcope 'dot' com.


PZPG will be launched on Saturday 12th of August 6.30pm-10.30pm at Aeso Studio, 83 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy (in Melbourne). It will be a party with a licensed bar, beer garden, Zimbabwean DJ and book signings.


Aeso Studio will remain open with a PZPG pop-up exhibition the following day, Sunday the 13th from 10.30am till 4pm.



Photographic prints


Archival pigment ink prints from PZPG are available as signed editions in the following sizes: 


  • Edition of 5, A1 (60x90cm)
  • Edition of 10, A2 (40x60cm)
  • Edition of 15, A5 (21x15cm)
  • Non-editioned polaroid style minis (9x6cm)


All editions are printed on 100% cotton fibre, acid and optical brightener free, heavy (310gsm) fine art paper that is certified museum grade archival quality. I personally oversee the printing of each work and hand sign them.



PZPG jumper


I made some of these bad boys recently just because they're cool, but people keep asking where they can get them.


The jumpers are machine washable, heavy cotton and feature incredible eagle and owl Illustrations (by the talented Lachlan Siu) that I commissioned for the book. They're based on the Zimbabwe Bird, which is the Zim national emblem and, not incidentally, also an eagle.


How The Funds Will Be Used

All sales go towards the illustration, typography, proofing and printing costs of the photobook, as well as all associated venue and print costs for the launch, pop-up exhibition and jumper production.


Copies of the photobook and prints will also be given as gifts to family and friends in Zimbabwe who appear in the book.


The funding target of $750 is nominal (a small part of projected costs) and designed to inform my decision on the edition size of the book. I plan PZPG to be an edition run of 100, but may extend it to 200 if things get wild.


Let's get wild.

The Challenges

I've consulted many wise heads on sequencing PZPG, drafted it over 30 times, proofed it 3 times and already paid for the illustration and typography - so you can know that it is ready to fly. RMIT Link Arts have also backed me with a grant, which is awesome, but this actually covers less than a fifth of the costs.


So the biggest challenge now is to raise the bazingas to cover the printing and launch. Logically, the more I print, the cheaper the books and jumpers become to produce. But if I aim too high I'll be left very dry, and If I aim too low I'll sell out too soon and it'll be sad faces all round. 


This Pozible campaign is a way to gauge demand, help with expenses up front and say thank you to supporters with early bird prices.



*** Multiple reward purchases and postage notes***


If you'd like to order different rewards you can do so by adding them separately. If you do and you'd like to have book/prints posted, then select your postage option for the more expensive reward only, no sense paying for postage twice when I can send these things together! ;)

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AU$5 +High-FiveYour choice of one zinging high or low five, delivered by me, for supporting PZPG. Also redeemable for one fist bump or long range slap handshake (right hand only).
3 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$10 +Mystery Mini PrintOne randomly selected polaroid style 9x6cm pigment ink print from PZPG. Tasty & bite-sized like a crab cake... but you'll still be hungry.
3 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$25 +A5 Edition Print + Mystery Mini + DrinkYour choice of signed A5 pigment ink photographic print (edition of 15) from PZPG at an early bird Pozible price that comes with mystery mini print and a drink at the bar on launch night. Modest sizes, but easy to find perches for.
2 Chosen | 463 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$35 +PZPG Photobook + Mystery Mini + DrinkOne signed copy of PZPG the photobook with special Pozible only rewards of one Mystery Mini print & a drink at the bar on launch night. You will need speed, only 20 available.
19 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$35 +PZPG PhotobookOne signed copy of PZPG the photobook. If you order one thing here, make this it. Served neat.
19 Chosen | 131 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$45 +PZPG Photobook + A5 Print + DrinkA combo for the astute and thirsty photo collector in absolutely no need of new threads. This is a Pozible only price for one signed copy of PZPG the photobook, one signed A5 edition print of your choice and a drink at the bar on launch night
10 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$50 +PZPG JumperYour choice of size PZPG unisex marle grey or olive green heavy cotton jumper at a special early bird price (normally $55). Choose the owl or eagle in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL (print is on the front only). Look as good as the book feels to own.
10 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$80 +PZPG Photobook + Jumper + drinkLook as good as the book feels to own (while also owning the book). Pozible only early bird price for one signed copy of the photobook and your choice of size PZPG marle grey or olive green heavy cotton jumper. Comes with one drink at the bar on launch night.
10 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$100 +A2 Edition Print + Photobook + Mystery MiniYour choice of signed A2 pigment ink print (edition of 10) from PZPG at a dangerously low flying early bird price. Comes with the PZPG photobook, a mystery mini print and a drink at the bar on launch night. Will spruce a medium-sized room.
2 Chosen | 8 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$150 +Complete Box Set of Mini Prints + PhotobookA handmade box containing every photograph (31 in total) from PZPG as polaroid style 9x6cm pigment ink prints. Comes with a copy of the PZPG photobook and a drink at the bar on launch night. No more mystery. Your name/s will also be featured in the list of supporting eagles and owls in the book and on the wall at the launch & pop-up exhibition.
2 Chosen | 3 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$200 +A1 Edition Print + PZPG Photobook + DrinkYour choice of signed, A1 pigment ink print from PZPG at an early bird price. Edition of 5. This is the big daddy print so it comes with a copy of the book, a Mystery Mini print and a drink at the bar on launch night. Your name/s will also be featured in the list of supporting eagles and owls in the book and on the wall at the launch & pop-up exhibition. Needs a big perch, will spruce large room.
3 Chosen | 7 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$300 +The Big HouseCall a friend, get in on this: 2 x signed PZPG books 2 x PZPG jumpers 2 x signed A2 edition prints 5 x Mystery Mini prints 2 x Drinks at the launch Your name/s featured in the list of supporting eagles and owls in the book and on the wall at the launch & pop-up exhibition.
1 Chosen | 4 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$500 +The Big ShooterA two hour weekend or evening photo-shoot with Cameron Cope (Melbourne only) of anything you like including family, business, personal project etc. You will receive high res, retouched images and your name/s will also be featured in the list of supporting eagles and owls in the book and on the wall at the launch & pop-up exhibition. You will also receive: 2 x PZPG Photobooks 2 x A5 edition prints 5 x Mystery Mini prints 2 x Drinks at the launch
0 Chosen | 3 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$1000 +The Big Bird SponsorDid somebody say EOFY? You will earn a huge thank you for your unbelievable sponsorship (including unlimited high fives, fist bumps and long range slap handshakes). Your name / logo will earn a place in the book and gallery wall of the launch and exhibition. Your contribution will be acknowledged in all media/publicity/speeches. You will also receive: 2 x PZPG Photobooks 2 x PZPG Jumper 1 x A1 edition print 1 x A2 edition print 2 x A5 edition prints 1 x Mini prints box set.
0 Chosen | 3 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017