Projectors, I'm completely excited to announce that I finished the first volume of my "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," photobook series. I approved the final proofs last weekend with my printers (incidentally on MLK's 81st birthday), and preview copies for the Press and media are being printed right now, with an online presale to the public next week, with shipping starting Feb. 1. I decided to publish my "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" photo series in volumes every 2-3 months.
Stay tuned to Bilerico for more details about all of this, including a contest to win a free copy.
In the meantime, I wanted to finally release to the public the last image in Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Volume 1: "Glynn and Celine, Fort Worth, Texas, 2009." It's after the jump with more info about the book.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Volume 1, is the first ever published photobook featuring the portraits of closeted men and women currently serving in the United States military and affected by the DADT policy banning the LGBT community from openly serving. It features twenty portraits from 17 closeted service members currently in the military, some of whom are now back in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The book is 40 pages long and in full color, and will be $30, but available for students, those in the military, and those with financial hardship for just $25. The book will be available for pre-sale next week on my website, as the project is completely self-funded and self-published.
I apologize to the readers that I haven't been posting the pictures to Bilerico as the project has been progressing like I had promised - a big reason is that I have been working non-stop on getting the first book out before Obama's State of the Union address next week (the deadline I set for myself). I had to fly over 30,000 miles for the photo shoots in Volume 1, gaining the trust of 17 closeted soldiers, and taking the pictures in almost every region of the US: the South, the Midwest, the mid-Atlantic, the West Coast and New England.
I am also halfway through shooting Volume 2 right now, and will be in Hawaii this weekend and Chicago the following weekend, continuing the project and adding to Volume 2. My goal is to have at least 100 service members photographed by August.
For more information about the project, please visit my website - jeffsheng.com.