Oh noooooo, that’s no good for me. If I’m going to do something it has to be a first. I cant do something that someone has already done, what’s the point of that. Don’t follow everyone else. Be the only one to do it, I say. That’s my way of thinking. Prince
Well, I am not the first photographer to do a Kickstarter to sell their book, no the first to do a Photo-book, and I know I am not the first to sell a book before it’s even made. It can also be assured that I am not the first Photographer to photograph his mother or father, not even in a documentary context. This is however, all a first for me and I am certain that I am the only one to have photographed Prince or Pearl in this light and to have told their story in such a way, and I am definitely the first to share it with the world.
Like my father before me, I am not much one for authority nor do I easily conform, however I have been told I was always easily led, but I’m sure that all depends on who’s leading and whether they are going my way in the first place. All I know is that whichever way I chose it’s always the long way round, but it is with every faith that I will get there in the end.
As May-y-Prince, your grandmother used to say, “there’s no such thing as cant”. Look at your father, he doesn’t listen bugger-all, you can do anything if you put your mind to it and I always wanted you boys to see that when you were growing up. Pearl
It has taken me over two years to make this project, between taking photographs, writing, blogging and promoting. The Kickstarter itself has taken me almost six months to plan, and I have spoken with everyone under the sun before I took the leap – artists – professionals – entrepreneurs alike – I figured if I was going to do this I had to make sure that everything was right.
However, even though I have had the best of advice and support, if there is one thing that I got, it was that this was going to be far bigger than anything than I had experienced before, and as I have learned this could not be closer to the truth. Besides the risks I would need to take or the potential damage that my career, or even pride might incur, this was going to be a mountain, and once my best foot was forward I knew I would have to climb it.
We all just laid there, there were a few of us, I can see it now clear as day. Just kids. Lying in the middle of the road with our heads on the tarmac, looking up at the moon. We were on our way home from the Prince of Wales in the early hours when everyone decided oh bugger it, and stopped where we were and just watched the sky.
The roads were quiet back then though, especially on a weekend. You were lucky to see a car. I remember lying there next to your father. The sky was so clear you could see every star. We stayed there for ages that night, imagining the many ways that we could get from the top of the hill in Porthyrhyd all the way up to the moon.
We made up all sorts. I don’t remember what mind, but I’ll never forget what your father said, and for some reason it has always stayed with me. “We should build scaffolding”, he said, as if this was the only way, like he believed it, you know. Well, we all laughed so much about that. To think, that was almost fifty years ago. Time goes too fast. Pearl (intro taken from Scaffold to the Moon).
Now, too far gone to turn back with the top of this mountain far out of reach and nowhere in sight, do I regret my decision to go down this route? Should I give up and just face the fact that this was a hill far too big to conquer? Not on your nelly. The thing is I don’t know how to, all I know is that I had to do it.
There was once a time my father dreamed of going to the moon, and he was even prepared to build scaffold to get there. I have watched many fight the bigger fight than I, and I understand that these kind of problems are the better ones to have. And after watching both my parents bravely fight and conquer the deadly cancer, what kind of example would I be as a son, a father, or a teacher, if I did not at least try?
We as people often beat ourselves up for the choices we make, and more so for the ones we didn’t, and I know I would have kicked myself if I had not chosen to do this, even if it does not succeed. As I believe, failure is the chrysalis of success, it is the transition. We are inevitably the successors of our own abilities and we can achieve anything if we try hard enough. At least now I can tell myself I tried… one route at least, and then as always I can carry on, the long way round. I’ll get there in the end.
Your grandfather was stuck under that car good and proper, the jack collapsed and the thing came down on him like a sack of spuds, all I remember thinking was, fuck, this one’s had it. They say no man can do it, but I did, ask your mother, if your grandfather were alive he’d tell you too. Without a moments hesitation I picked that car up right off him with my bare hands. I never thought I would be able to lift anything that heavy, but its funny what we are capable of when we have to be. Never underestimate yourself. Prince
If you are interested in this project read more about it, here:
Buzz Magazine: http://www.buzzmag.co.uk/latest-digital-edition/
Photograd – Scaffold to the Moon:
CCQ – Prince: https://issuu.com/ccqmag/docs/ccq_magazine_issue_8/9
Photograd – Prince:https://www.photograd.co.uk/photobooks/#/huw-alden-davies/
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