© Jake Eshelman

Manual collaborative photobook

creative direction

MANUAL is the culmination of a year-long, collaborative photography project featuring the work of 12 fellow photographers who I commissioned to create small bodies of work surrounding their individual experiences with a single handmade skateboard that traveled between them over the course of a year—all without the creative constraints typically associated with an assignment brief. No mandatories beyond producing photographic images; no required content to capture, no number of images to turn in, no stylistic direction to consider, etc. This opportunity for creative freedom and exploration resulted in what I think is a wonderfully diverse, 160-page hardcover book featuring 12 distinct photographic approaches to the same challenge.

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