The Poison to Venom

by James Sharrock in London, England, United Kingdom

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raised in 100 days

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Raise £36,000 to print 1000 copies of a 200-page collector's photography book on Bullet For My Valentine from their beginnings in 2005-2015

by James Sharrock in London, England, United Kingdom

THE POISON TO VENOM BOOK

The Poison to Venom is a large (223mm x 316mm) 200-page photographic book on my journey documenting Bullet For My Valentine from their beginnings in 2005 right up to 2015. The images in the book will fill each page and I've designed it so it's bound with a red cloth-covered elastic to enable removal of pages without destroying the book itself.  I'm aiming to print 1000 editions only and this is a once off chance to grab the book. The only place you'll be able to get the book is through this crowdfunder project. UK shipping in included, worldwide shipping will be extra (listed in the rewards info)

STANDARD VERSION

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ABOUT THE PROJECT 

The pandemic has been a really tough time for music photographers. The industry has ground to halt for 12 months meaning I've had none of my regular work but it’s also given me the time to go back through my archives which gave me the idea for this project that I’m really excited to share with you the true fans! 

I met Bullet For My Valentine in 2005. I had just moved to London from Australia to shoot for Kerrang! magazine. One of my first shoots was for a news feature with a new band from Wales who were clearly going places. The guys had just finished recording The Poison and they were just getting started. I didn’t know it, but I was shooting one of the UK’s most successful metal bands since Iron Maiden.

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Between 2005 and 2015 I shot many features and we travelled the world together, I even directed two music videos - for Raising Hell and Army of Noise.

The Poison to Venom documents two stories: the story of a band, and a story about people. I was a witness to Bullet’s incredible rise to fame - from tiny venues, to top billing at festivals, to magazine front covers. It was a rollercoaster.

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I also saw Bullet’s transformation from young, hopeful metalheads to globally recognised stars - we hit Siberia, Columbia, and everywhere in between. It was an incredible journey and I’m excited to share it with you.

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With the help of some of the best art directors in the magazine world I’m making two versions of The Poison to Venom - a standard and deluxe boxed versions. It’s a little different to any other music photography book you’ve seen before. Designed with the fans in mind, pages can be removed without damaging the book itself. There will be a bunch of extras in various boxed versions. 


DELUXE BOXED VERSION

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The Deluxe Boxed Edition includes:

  • The Poison to Venom 200-page book
  • 2 x A3 size exclusive prints signed with certificate of authenticity
  • The Poison to Venom logo pin badge
  • The Poison to Venom sticker
  • Giant 960mm x 640mm poster 
  • Name listed in the thank you page of the book


The Ultra Boxed Edition includes:

  • The Poison to Venom 200-page book
  • 2 x A3 size exclusive prints signed with certificate of authenticity
  • The Poison to Venom logo pin badge
  • The Poison to Venom sticker
  • Giant 960mm x 640mm poster 
  • Name listed in the thank you page of the book
  • The Poison to Venom T-shirt
  • 2 x 12"x16" Photographic print of your choice from the reward prints listed signed  by photographer


The Ultimate Boxed Edition (Only one available

  • The Poison to Venom 200-page book
  • 2 x A3 size exclusive prints
  • The Poison to Venom logo pin badge
  • The Poison to Venom sticker
  • Giant 960mm x 640mm poster 
  • Name listed in the thank you page of the book
  • The Poison to Venom T-shirt
  • James' Copy of Kerrang! covering the Kerrang! XXV tour
  • James' personal photo passes from The Poison tour and Venom tour
  • Rare 7" etched vinyl of All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)
  • Rare 7" etched  vinyl of  Suffocating Under Words Of Sorry (What Can I Do)
  • Copy of Venom 12" double vinyl
  • 4 x 12"X16" Fuji Crystal Archive Gloss Photographic Prints of your choice from the book signed by photographer
  • 12 month subscription to Metal Hammer 


There are different rewards available, from limited posters to the full deluxe version depending on how and if you’d like to support the project. I’m also offering the chance to spend some time with me to share all I’ve learnt from my 20+ years of experience.

My aim is to raise enough funds to do a one-off run of 1000 copies and be able to put into production something unique and special for all the Bullet For My Valentine fans worldwide.  If we pass our goal, I’ll cut together a short documentary feature to go along with the project and provide a private link to all the people who have supported the book 

INTRODUCTION FROM MATT TUCK

"I've known James for the best part of 15 years now. We first crossed paths in 2005 doing one of our first big press photo shoots for Kerrang! magazine in London. We called him the "yaaarrrr!" guy, cos he would always do this crazy pirate noise to try and make us smile during the shoots when all we were trying to do was look cool and as metal as f*@k. He would always get us in the end!!

It was always a lot of fun doing shoots with James as he was easy to hang out with, calming, polite, creative and very funny.

James was part of the very early years of BFMV capturing us on and off stage and watching the rapid rise of a band who didn't even see it coming. Those early days were so special in so many ways and to have those memories in picture form are so priceless, we were just young guys living in the moment and enjoying every second of it.

As the years have passed we've had the pleasure of working with James all over the world from rocking the biggest arenas in Europe, riding the subways of NYC and drinking cocktails and partying at five star Colombian hotels and all were great times. He directed two music videos for us for Raising Hell and Army of Noise

Cheers to you James and thank you for capturing us and being part of the journey. To everyone reading this, enjoy the ride!"

YARRRRR! MT. 


Rewards


Sticker

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Postcards 

You'll be posted out a thank you postcard selected at random from these four postcard designs.

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Reward Prints

Each reward print will be from a limited edition one-off print run of 50 for each image. The print size will be 16"X20" (406.4mm x 508mm) on Museum quality Fuji Crystal Archive Gloss Photographic Paper. The prints will be signed and numbered by James Sharrock. 

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BFMV MATT TUCK RIO 2015 16"X 20" Fuji Crystal Archive Gloss Photographic Print


T-Shirt

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Giant 960mm x 640mm poster 

Poster included in the box editions and image printed with special metallic ink

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If we pass the target of £4000, I'll edit together a short documentary feature from all the years of footage I have of the band and share via a private link. This will only be available exclusively to all the people that have supported the project as a big thank you. 

TIMELINE (estimated, there may be some supply delays as a result of Covid-19)

  • April & May – Campaign
  • June – Production begins
  • July & August – Delivery

UK SHIPPING INCLUDED, WORLWIDE SHIPPING EXTRA (listed in the rewards)

James Sharrock 

www.thepoisontovenom.com

www.jamessharrock.com

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