It’s a furtastic feeling, it’s Friday and the furs are fully funded!

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Yesterday morning (April 5th) just before 8am, the Kickstarter campaign came to an end. It was a very dramatic last week and it finished, I’m pleased and also extremely grateful to report fully funded. There are 205 superb supporters of At Home With The Furries, time for a furry conga…

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The target I set at the beginning of the campaign was reached early on Wednesday morning, a good 24 hours before the deadline, so this is a double celebration.

A special thanks to all the supporters who not only pledged, but also tweeted, shared and mentioned the campaign to everyone they know. Thanks to you, we managed to get this over the line.  I’ll be writing about the campaign and book plans in more detail over the coming weeks.

In the meantime here’s a few pictures from the beginning of the project, at RBW 2008 to photoshoots, selfies and more. There are some great memories here, shoots with dragons, rabbits, demon lords and bats to name a few.

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If you missed out on the campaign and would like to pre-order a copy of the book, At Home With The Furries, you will be able to do that via Stay Free Publishing next week.

I’ll be talking about the furry project at FFEATURED 15, on April 19th at The Signal in Forest Hill, South East London, tickets available here

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Thanks fur all your support

Tom

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Fursday Kickstarter Update

I feel like we are heading into the home straight now, At Home With The Furries is 73% funded with 132 backers and six days left to pledge. So don’t hesitate, please support the project. It’s an all or nothing campaign, that is if we don’t make the target, the book is a bust. All being well, that won’t be the case. So pledge, pledge, pledge..:-)))

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Saethwr, a dragon from Cardiff. Available as a pledge through the Kickstarter as a limited edition print, comes with a signed copy of the book and set of four postcards, £85

Time Out featured the project and an interview with me on their website today, see link I recall my first encounter with the furries at RBW, which set me on the path to where I am today.

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“It took Broadbent around a year of going to furry meetups in London – which can sometimes attract as many as 200 people – and building up trust with members of the community before he began photographing them in their houses. ‘Now, many of them have become my good friends – I’ve even worn a borrowed furry suit myself many times – and the response has been phenomenal, both from the furry community, many of whom have pledged money towards it and other people and media outlets.’

There are more than just London based furs in the book of course, most of the furries I’ve worked with in this project live outside the capital.

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Furry tote bag, signed book and set of four postcards, £70 through the Kickstarter. Additional options include a limited edition print of Saethwr the red dragon for £115.

Dog Patch Press also featured the project on their website today, see link,  it has a short interview with me and some lovely words from the editor, Patch O’Furr who has been a supporter of the project over the years.

From Patch “Tom Broadbent has been staging creative fursuit photography for many years. I covered him in: Five pro photographers advancing the art of furry documentary. For each I named a signature approach, and to me, Tom excels at “whimsy”. His carefully chosen fantasy scenes show a depth of intrigue and storytelling beyond conventional scenes. Tom takes great care with relationships with his subjects. I think he’s the ideal photographer that furries could ask for.

That’s why I’m rushing out a post on short notice to urge support for his project. Tom has a dream to showcase furry subjects in a photo book, a beautiful archival object. It’s a few days from the Kickstarter deadline, and of course the funding is all or nothing.

We’ll know on April 4. I usually avoid covering crowdfunding – so this is an unusual request.”

I also talk about the importance of sticking to principles and not compromising in the quest to only have the work shown in the best places, it’s a good read. Thanks Patch

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A sample of the rainbow coloured fur being used to make the slipcases. For £100, you can choose a Custom Creatures designed slipcase with a signed book and set of four postcards. Additional options include a limited edition print of Lupestripe and Syrrus the fox having a barbecue in Leeds for £140.

In exhibition news, one of the images has been shortlisted by the Royal Academy for their Summer Exhibition, which is very exciting. I’ll hear whether we made the cut in late May.

Here’s the Kickstarter link, all book supporters get their name or chosen name (i.e fursona) in the back of the book.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/466109304/at-home-with-the-furries?ref=bpoi2h

The campaign ends on Thursday 5th April at 7.42am

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Absolut Manifesto Festival

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Last month I received a lovely email asking me if I would like to be a collaborator to a new music and art festival in Madrid end of January sponsored by Absolut.

They were interested in the furry project and since it hasn’t been shown in a physical space outside of the U.K, I thought why not!

The themes of the festival; equality, love and responsibility to the future resonate with the reasoning and ethics behind At Home With The Furries. Plus they revealed their intention to print eight images absolutely huge. Each one six feet tall, from a scaffold.

There’s also the added excitement of the fact that local furries from Madrid will be in attendance, which is always helpful in bringing the work to life.  We did this with Fix Photo where some of the actual furries in the project suited up for the launch party of the exhibition. The word I received back from attendees was that my work was the best part of the exhibition, I’m not biased honest.

But what are the #furries you ask, what is your project, what the fur is going on?

Read this  and this  and also this

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Jester, a sergal and Red, a lion play a game of tabletop roleplay in Sheffield

 

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Zuki, the gargoyle, Milton Keynes

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I’ll be heading out there to see the work in the flesh or the fur, so to speak. Plus I’m also planning to meet with a few local furries to work on some new shoots. Because when in Rome…or Madrid you have to go the whole hog!

The date for your diaries is 26th January 2018 and the event runs from 9pm-1am. Address is: PABELLÓN SATÉLITE
Calle Ferial, 9. Casa de campo.
28011, Madrid.

More information and tickets are available here

At Home With The Furries can be seen here

My Instagram for the latest updates, here

 

 

 

A Furry Merry Christmas To One and All

Every year, 400 people gather for a very unusual occasion in central London, unusual in the sense that a large percentage of them will be trundling a rather large suitcase behind them. In said suitcase is an animal costume, but not just any animal costume, oh no. Not a mascot, not a onesie or a kigu. These are custom built, sometimes home made, others running to the tune of two to three thousand pounds. They are furries of course, gathering this year for the Londonfurs annual Christmas party, retro gaming was the theme and it was hosted at the Amber Bar in Moorgate.

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If you were to say, I love this scene. Do I need to get a suit to be a furry? Not at all, in fact it could confuse the issue. Initially it’s worth establishing your persona or ‘fursona’, which means deciding what sort of animal you’d like to be and please bear in mind, it doesn’t have to be a ‘furry’ animal. You could be a dragon, a lizard, a dolphin, even an insect, of course you might choose to be called Tiger and your fursona could be a bear. You might well be inspired by a game like World Of Warcraft, or tabletop role-play…dungeons and dragons anyone?

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You may have also wanted to be a wolf from say, A Company of Wolves or a werewolf from American Werewolf in London, or a wiley coyote…seriously though if you do decide to take on the coyote, let me know as it’s not one I’ve photographed as yet!

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Once that decision has been made, you’ll want to develop your furry’s personality. What makes him/her so special or not. The character could be an extension of your own or the polar opposite. Artwork is important, as in drawing out an idea of what your beast looks like. There are plenty of very talented artists in the fandom or ‘furdom’* who will for a small fee design your character for you, or indeed do it yourself.

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At this point most furries will stop there, not everyone wants to don a admittedly boiling hot animal costume and prance around in it, although the horse fraternity do in fact have special dispensation in that regard. If you’re going to go all out though and go for a suit then there are plenty of specialist furry builders who will build the ultimate suit for you.

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Choices, choices, choices. Do I go full-on realism/scary or fluffy cartoony or a mixture of both? What does your character say the costume should be? Me, I’m going for full-on realism. For the rest, that’s up to you.

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Who are the Londonfurs though? Click here to find out more

To see my on-going project, At Home With The Furries. Click here

If you’re a furry based in the UK and you’d like to take part in this project, contact me here