From New York to Alaska, and back again, a photographic quest across North America with Moose, a "special" dog.
Hi, my name is Viktoria and I’m a photographer. This is my dog Moose, and well…he’s a special dog.
I adopted Moose in Alaska when he was 4 months old and it was love at first sight. As he got older and bigger, it became clear that Moose wasn’t exactly normal. It turned out that he had a condition called Wobbler’s Syndrome, a neurological disorder caused by a compression of the spine in his neck. Moose has trouble with stability, balance, and simple tasks like walking and standing up. He even has to wear special shoes to protect his paws since he drags his feet, but he’s a happy trooper that never gives up.He’s now 2 years and 4 months old, and he’s overcome endless challenges, teaching those in his life, especially me, priceless lessons in patience and perseverance.He’s a sweet, adorable mess of resilient wobbly love.
As a photographer, I’ve traveled all over the world. In recent years, my photographic studies have pushed me to explore thousands of miles of back roads and desolate environments throughout North America. I'm interested in the things we leave behind…homes, ghost towns, rusted cars…things that indicate past human presence, acting as clues that tell our stories. Our world is fueled by progress, and it’s amazing to see the waste we discard in our landscape, mostly with little or no regard for the impact they make.
My last adventure, called ‘The Big V,’ led me through some 17,000 miles of back roads and desolate environments of the American continent. From Alaska to Texas to Maine, I spent over two months living out of my pickup truck documenting areas most people wouldn’t think of traveling through, let alone actively seek out. I posted photographs and stories from the road daily on my blog, and my readers got to vicariously experience the journey with me as I went along.
In a few weeks, I’m going on the road again for another photographic adventure. However, this time, I’ve been inspired by John Steinbeck's ‘Travels with Charley, and I’m taking Moose with me. Together, we will explore the American and Canadian Northwest, driving from Buffalo, NY to Alaska, and back again. Every day we will post photographs, and our findings and adventures for our readers to follow along.
The adventure itself will be about 10-12 thousand miles, over a duration of 4-6 weeks on the open road. The project, and end product of this journey, will be a published book with working title “Travels with Moose.” I have all the funding to complete the entire trip, including gas and supplies, but what I am asking of my backers, is the support to publish the book. The cost of creating a book can add up: your contributions would support the preliminary prints, test books, editing and design fees that are required to complete this project. I’ve previously self-published several photography books , but in order for an actual publishing house to take on my book, I need to prove that I have an audience as well as be ready to front certain publishing costs. So, support from my backers is two-fold. Though I need some financial assistance, I am especially looking to gain an extensive audience. I can only complete this project with your support, and offer you my various rewards as my sincerest gratitude.
THE MORE SUPPORT I GET, THE BIGGER AND BETTER THIS BOOK CAN BE!! PLEASE HELP MAKE THIS PAWSIBLE!!!
Moose and I will be leaving Wed, August 8th and returning by October 1st. You can follow us daily at http://viktoriaciostek.com/travelswithmoose/
Moose and I THANK YOU for your time and support, and we look forward to entertaining all of you from the road!
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Jul 25, 2012 - Aug 24, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $12 or more
THANK YOU! My sincerest gratitude and your name in the contributors section in the back of the final book. You'll ALSO get exclusive updates, tales, and photos from the road that will not be on the daily blog of the journey.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $25 or more
POSTCARDS+all of the above. You'll get 2 different oversized postcards featuring a photograph from the trip signed by Moose and meEstimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $35 or more
PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT. A 8x10 archival photographic print, of YOUR choosing, from the trip signed by Moose and me. PLUS all the exclusive updates and your name in the contributors section in the back of the book! (ADD $12 for shipping to Eur, $15 worldwide)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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29 backers Limited (71 of 100 left)
THE BOOK!! Your OWN signed copy of the book, Travels with Moose! This will be a LIMITED FIRST EDITION, so don't miss out!! PLUS all the exclusive updates during the journey and your name in the contributors section in the back of the book! (ADD $12 for shipping to Eur, $15 worldwide)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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5 backers Limited (20 of 25 left)
BOOK & LIMITED EDITION PRINT! A signed copy of the limited first edition of the book PLUS a signed LIMITED EDITION, READY TO FRAME, 8x10 sized matted archival PRINT. Moose and I will choose a special image from the trip and print only a limited number, so once they are gone, they'll never be another one like it!ALSO, you'll get all the exclusive updates and you're name in the SPECIAL contributors section in the back of the book. (ADD $12 for shipping to Eur, $15 worldwide)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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BOOK & LIMITED EDITION FRAMED PRINT & POSTCARDS! A signed copy of the limited first edition of the book PLUS a signed 16x20 matted LIMITED EDITION print framed by me AND a set of 10 different oversized photographic postcards AND all the exclusive updates. Moose and I will choose a special unique print for this reward and set it in a beautiful cedar wood frame. You can check out my frames at http://viktoriaciostek.com/framingandmatting/ (ADD $12 for shipping to Eur, $15 worldwide)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $3,000 or more
PATRON STATUS!!! You'll get ALL THE REWARDS (Book, limited edition prints, postcards, exclusive updates) PLUS a PERSONAL VISIT from MOOSE & ME!!! Moose and I will PERSONALLY deliver all your rewards right to your doorstep! ALSO, you will get a special credit and shout out in the PATRON section in the back of the book. (Reward limited to a patron residing within the continental US)Estimated delivery: Jan 2013