We had the release party last night for the 2014 Solstice People Book and SOLD OUT! Granted I didn’t print hundreds but demand exceeded supply. Fortunately I’m using high quality on-demand printing so if you can’t wait you can order a book at the same price of $30 and as a bonus get a digital version at no charge (or just get the digital version for $9.50). Print time is two days and shipping can be next day (but expensive for that). It’s 90 pages this year and 50% of the proceeds benefit the Summer Solstice Celebration. If you would like yours signed message me and treat me to coffee and a pop tart at The French Press.
This all began in 2010 with an idea: photograph the Solstice People in studio, at the start of the parade – they’ll be in character, freshly made-up, ready to launch up State Street. Now in it’s 5th year, the portrait project in these pages are truly the embodiment of the spirit of the summer solstice celebration in Santa Barbara.
The project began as I looked for a way to really do justice to the great costumes and characters….photographing as a bystander was not enough – there are plenty of people out there with cameras. I wanted to create fun portraits that tell the story of the people that come together every year to put together something really special for the Santa Barbara community. These photographs were taken over the course of three hours on June 21, 2014, just before all launched up State St in celebration with tens of thousands.