I was born and raised in Tofino, a small town on the West Coast of Canada where my dad worked as a fisherman and oyster farmer. It’s the place I still call home, and I’ve been lucky enough to spend my life here photographing one of the last unspoiled coasts in the world.
My photos have appeared in surf, nature, outdoor and travel magazines around the world, and I’ve had shows in Canada, the United States and Europe. But so far, I’ve never had an opportunity to present a full collection of what I consider my best work. That’s what I hope to do with This is Nowhere. By compiling my best photos from the British Columbia coast from the last 15 years, I want to showcase my home and demonstrate the importance of preserving it for the future.
The concept for This is Nowhere is actually the inverse of what the title might suggest. Places like the B.C. coast—remote, lightly populated and mostly roadless—have often been treated as ‘nowhere’ areas that don’t have much value beyond the resources can be taken out of them. But in reality, this is a place that’s full of life, has an amazing culture and history, and is absolutely priceless to protect. For myself, my family and many others here, this place is everything. So to me, this book is about deconstructing the idea of nowhere and demonstrating that places like this have a value that goes far beyond money.
Set to publish in August 2015, This is Nowhere will be an 11” x 11” clothbound hardcover with 144 pages and 100-plus photos. I’ve chosen to have it printed on FSC-certified paper at Hemlock Printers in Burnaby, B.C., a carbon-neutral company that does amazing work like Kinfolk Magazine and The Great Discontent. For me it’s important to use a printer and paper that’s more sustainable, even if it takes more money to do so. By doing this project through Kickstarter instead of a traditional publisher, I’ll be able to retain full control of both the creative content and the production process. With the support of a community of people who believe in my work, I’ll be able to publish a unique and beautiful book worthy of the places, people and living things it portrays.
Some further detail:
The foreword will be written by Dr. Chris Darimont, Science Director of Raincoast Conservation Foundation and professor at the University of Victoria. The book is divided into five sections: Air, Water, Earth, Fire and The Unknown. The introductions to each section are being written by people I’ve learned from and worked with over the years: my dad, Patrick Koreski, along with Noah Cohen, Keith Malloy and Malcolm Johnson. The designer is Chris Allen.
The money I raise through the Kickstarter campaign will fund the final production and printing of This is Nowhere. Also, as a member of 1% for the Planet, I’ll be donating 1% of all sales to Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Central Westcoast Forest Society.
11″ x 11″ (28cm x 28cm)
Hardback / Clothbound
I’ve hoped to publish a collection of my work for a long time, but I didn’t want to put anything out unless it was something I was truly proud of. I also wanted to have full creative control of the finished product, and making a photo book at the highest quality possible isn’t cheap. So for me as an independent photographer, the biggest challenge is raising the necessary funds to print the book.
Another risk of any publishing project is errors in production, but having This is Nowhere printed close to my home means I’ll be able to oversee the entire process and be present for press checks to ensure the images are reproduced exactly how I want them to be seen. I’m also working closely with the designer and editor to make sure This is Nowhere is flawless before it hits the press and ships to supporters on time.
The book is almost done—we just need some help to get it onto the presses.
I want to do this project right, and thanks to you and Kickstarter, there’s a way to make it happen.