'Understanding Airsoft' is a book aimed at informing and explaining the sport of airsoft to those who are either unfamiliar or just starting out with the sport.
Airsoft is a sport much like paintball but with a few main differences. The biggest difference is the ammunition used within the game; airsoft does not employ the use of brightly coloured paint filled capsules but instead uses 6mm plastic ball bearings that do not leave a visible mark to simulate rounds. It is for this reason that many airsoft players believe the sport to be a better experience than paintball as the sport is based on the honesty of players which generally means that the people you are sharing the airsoft experience with are genuine people in real life.
The images themselves are those that I have accumulated from taking photos at various airsoft sites around Kent with the unfaltering cooperation and support of regular airsoft players many of whom I now view as friends as well as fellow members of the sport.
As well as being a source of practical information on the sport, Understanding Airsoft also carries the aim of giving people an insight into the positive aspects of airsoft that most of the general public does not initially see; aspects such as the freedom the sport gives a person to be themselves and the infinite amount of friends to be made through taking part in the sport.
Any money I raise will go towards creating more copies of the book and also aid the distribution of them to certain activity centres, colleges and unviersities. My main goal for this book is to get it seen by as many people as possible and, if possible, gain more interest and understanding for the sport of airsoft.
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About the project owner
I am a female photographer based in Kent and currently studying a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Contemporary Photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester (due to finish in May 2014).
I have a strong love and interest in sports photography and therefore I have begun basing my career around this genre.
I am currently beginning my practice through the photography of a sport called airsoft (a sport similar to paintballing). I have been involved in the sport since October 2010 and have been photographing it since March 2011.
I have also attended some motorsport fixtures at Brands Hatch (only as a spectator for now) and have photographed the sports as they took place.
It is from this love of sports, both watching and taking part in them, that my decision to become a sports photographer has grown and it is now the main path I have chosen to follow throughout my career.