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'Photography Through the Pandemic' (Pic: 35mmc/Kickstarter)
The book is funding via Kickstarter until 25 December (Pic: 35mmc/Kickstarter)

The book ‘Photography Through the Pandemic, which is currently funding via Kickstarter, is being dedicated to a UK film photographer who died suddenly earlier this month.

John Whitmore – a member of the Sunny 16 podcast and known as thedarkshed on social media – died in his sleep earlier this month.

The book, which has currently reached about 30% of its £12,000 goal, will feature some of John’s work during the pandemic as its 50th contributor.

Hamish Gill from 35mmc, who is one of the book’s creators, said: “We have also decided to donate any profits made from the book to a charity fund to be shared between the charities which John supported in his lifetime, as well as to go toward a trust fund for Harriet, his young daughter. We will also, of course, be printing an extra copy to give to Anne-Marie and Harriet.

John Whitmore (Pic: Courtesy 35mmc)
John Whitmore was a member of the Sunny 16 podcast and a dedicated film photographer (Pic: Courtesy 35mmc)

“John was a lovely bloke, with a lovely family. I know many of us who knew him, and even a lot of people who had just met him through social media are really shocked and devastated by the news. I met John and his family a few times, and this has left me with a feeling I know many people in the community share – we want to do something to help Anne-Marie and Harriet.

“Of course, nothing will bring him back, but I know that Anne-Marie is taking some small comfort in knowing that so many of us cared so much about him. I hope by dedicating this book to him, sharing some of his photography and raising a little bit of money we can celebrate John and give a little something back as a community.”

The book, which costs £25 for a copy, will be funding until 25 December.

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