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A photographic quest to capture the soulful beauty, diversity and majesty of America's coastline, beginning with the Pacific Coast.
A photographic quest to capture the soulful beauty, diversity and majesty of America's coastline, beginning with the Pacific Coast.
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For more than two decades I’ve dedicated my ‘eye’ to capturing the unique and the beautiful - the old and the new. With what has been a five year plan, my goal with this project is to spend time exploring, photographing, and capturing as much of the American coastline as possible, becoming completely absorbed in what lies before my lens. These photographs, which some people refer to as "Soulscapes," will be shared with you through Limited Edition Fine Art wall prints, an awe-inspiring hardcover coffee table book, and my trademarked Videàge®, a technique for choreographing my best still images with audio and video, in a series of DVDs which will bring even broader meaning to the amazing visual imagery.

I believe that through your support of this project, the daily sharing of the work via social media, and the exhibitions and publications that will follow, there will be an increased awareness of the majesty of our magnificent coastline, and with this heightened awareness will come a stronger commitment to preserve it. This spectacular coastline is a precious gift, not only for this generation, but for all generations to come.

Because of the scope of the project, I will complete it over three years and divide it into three photographic quests - Pacific Coast, Atlantic Coast, and Gulf Coast. This Kickstarter campaign will fund the Pacific Coast Project, beginning in San Diego and extending to the Canadian border. 

Jan Soderquist, my wife and fellow photographer, will document the project as it unfolds through video and stills, and make regular posts on our blog and Facebook page.

I will set out in June of 2014 on this extraordinary project with Jan and our little Havanese, Lily. We will make the four-month journey in our vintage Airstream trailer, which provides maximum accessibility to the coastline and keeps us one with nature.

Upon our return, and in time for your holiday gift giving, I will design and print the Limited Edition Fine Art wall prints, and the Special Edition hardcover coffee table book which will be an amazing selection of the very best images. I will also produce my trademarked Videàge® in the single DVD called The Pacific Coast, as well as the complete set of (4) DVDs called The Pacific Coastline Collection

I am so excited about putting what has been a long time dream into action. I know that it will culminate in my best work to date. Jan and I hope you will join us on this journey and follow us on Facebook. We'd love to take you along!

Here is an example of the quality of my video work:

http://vimeo.com/79011352

Here are some examples of my published work:

Necker Island Flora and Fauna Slideshow:

https://vimeo.com/52493918

Portfolio Magazine February 2014 :

http://portfoliomagazinenaples.com/february2014/#/42/

Life In Naples March 2014 :

http://lifeinnaples.net/magazinewp/2014/02/28/march-2014-life-in-naples-magazine/

Portfolio Magazine February 2013 :

http://portfoliomagazinenaples.com/february2013/#/1/

Portfolio Magazine December 2011 :

http://viewsmagazine.com/portfolio-book4/index.html

Kuril Islands, Japan
Kuril Islands, Japan
Lovers Key, FL
Lovers Key, FL
Naples, FL
Naples, FL
Naples, FL
Naples, FL
Naples,FL
Naples,FL
Dead Lakes,FL
Dead Lakes,FL

Risks and challenges

I see no risks with this project. If you like my work then what I produce on this trip will be in keeping with the best of my current portfolio. In the unlikely event of some unexpected situation occurring beyond my control resulting in my not being able to complete the journey and/or project, all of my existing work will be available to our contributors, thus fulfilling any project obligations.

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    At this level, you will receive the The Great American Coastline eNewsletter featuring highlights of the photography in progress along with Gareth’s notes and project updates. You will also receive access to the Contributors Only Gallery, giving you a “first look” at the new work as it’s captured.

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    At this level, you will receive Gareth's
    trademarked Videàge®, which is his technique for choreographing his best still images with audio and video, on a DVD to perfectly capture the magic of the natural beauty surrounding each image from the trip. This single DVD, called The Pacific Coast, will run approximately 15 minutes and will be set to music, highlighting the very best photographs taken along the entire Pacific Coast. You will also receive the The Great American Coastline eNewsletter and access to The Contributors Only Gallery (Please see full descriptions in #1 above).

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    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    At this level, you will receive an awe-inspiring hardcover coffee table book signed by Gareth. A collection of the very best images, this Special Edition book is exclusive to the supporters of this project. You will also receive The Great American Coastline eNewsletter and access to the Contributors Only Gallery (Please see full descriptions in #1 above).

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    Pledge $275 or more About $275

    At this level, you will receive Gareth’s trademarked Videàge® in The Pacific Coastline Collection (2014), a unique set of (4) separate DVDs - California, Oregon, Washington AND The Pacific Coast. Each DVD of the individual states will run approximately 15 minutes and give you a broader visual of the beauty and diversity that distinguishes each state from the other. By purchasing the whole collection, you’re in for an awesome viewing experience!
    You will also receive The Great American Coastline eNewsletter and access to the Contributors Only Gallery (Please see full descriptions in #1 and #2 above).

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    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    At this level, you will receive Gareth’s trademarked Videàge® in the (4) DVD set called The Pacific Coastline Collection, AND the hardcover coffee table book signed by Gareth, which is a Special Edition exclusive to the supporters of this project. You will also receive The Great American Coastline eNewsletter and access to the Contributors Only Gallery (Please see full descriptions in #1, #2, #3 and #4 above). For orders shipped outside the US, add $40. For Blu-ray disk, please add $15.

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    Pledge $650 or more About $650

    At this level, you will receive a Limited Edition 12”x18” Fine Art print. You select your image from the Contributors Only Gallery, giving you a “first look” at the new work as it's featured. This beautiful signed piece is custom printed by Gareth in his studio, using only the finest museum quality inks and materials. When you have your print framed, the outside dimensions are approximately 17”x24”. You will also receive Gareth’s trademarked Videàge® in the (4) DVD set called The Pacific Coastline Collection, and The Great American Coastline eNewsletter. (Please see full descriptions in #1, #2 and #4 above).

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    Pledge $950 or more About $950

    At this level, you will receive a Limited Edition 16”x24” Fine Art print. You select your image from the Contributors Only Gallery, giving you a “first look” at the new work as it’s featured. This beautiful signed piece is custom printed by Gareth in his studio, using the finest museum quality inks and materials. When you have your print framed, the outside dimensions are approximately 23”x30”. You will also receive Gareth’s trademarked Videàge® in the (4) DVD set called The Pacific Coastline Collection, and The Great American Coastline eNewsletter. (Please see full descriptions in #1, #2 and #4 above).

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    Pledge $1,300 or more About $1,300

    At this level, you will receive a Limited Edition 20”x30” Fine Art print. You select your image from the Contributors Only Gallery, giving you a “first look” at the new work as it’s featured. This is a stunning large format signed piece custom printed by Gareth in his studio, using the finest archival inks and materials. When you have your print framed, the outside dimensions are approximately 32”x40”. You will also receive Gareth’s trademarked Videàge® in the (4) DVD set called The Pacific Coastline Collection, and The Great American Coastline eNewsletter. (Please see full descriptions in #1, #2 and #4 above).

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    Pledge $1,700 or more About $1,700

    At this level, you will received TWO Limited Edition 16”x24” Fine Art prints that can be hung together as a series, or hung separately. You select your images from the Contributors Only Gallery, giving you a “first look” at the new work as it’s featured. These beautiful large format signed pieces are custom printed by Gareth in his studio, using the finest archival inks and materials. When you have your prints framed, the outside dimensions are approximately 23"x30”. You will also receive Gareth’s trademarked Videàge® in the (4) DVD set called The Pacific Coastline Collection, and The Great American Coastline eNewsletter. (Please see descriptions in #1, #2 and #4).

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    When a picture can say it all… if there’s a particular location along the Pacific Coast that has special meaning for you, allow Gareth to make it “forever yours” by photographing it in his unique style and presenting you with a 16"x24” signed Fine Art print. This will be a “one off” piece made for you exclusively. You will also receive Gareth’s trademarked videàge® in the (4) DVD set called The Coastline Collection, The Great American Coastline eNewsletter, and access to the Contributors Only Gallery. (Please see descriptions in #1, #2, and #4 above).

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    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000

    Spend a day shooting with Gareth and learn the best techniques for taking amazing landscape photographs! He’ll answer all of your photographic questions - from equipment to software. You will begin the morning with a hearty breakfast and break for lunch in the afternoon, ending the day with some computer time where Gareth will show you how to pull the most out of a digital file. You will choose your favorite shot of the day, and whether it's one of Gareth’s or yours, he’ll make a 16"x24" Fine Art print of it and ship it to you. (It should be noted that travel, if applicable, is an additional charge depending on the distance traveled.) You will also receive Gareth’s trademarked Videàge® in the (4) DVD set called The Pacific Coastline Collection, The Great American Coastline eNewsletter, and access to the Contributors Only Gallery. (Please see full descriptions in #1, #2 and #4 above).

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    Pledge $4,500 or more About $4,500

    At this level, Gareth and his wife and business partner Jan, will give a slideshow presentation of the best images captured during the project and any anecdotal “stories” that go with them. It will be followed by a lively question and answer session. This could be a great opportunity for a fundraising event or a private party! The presentation can be held in a private home, a boutique venue, an art gallery, or even a movie theater, to name just a few possible locations.
    Included in the Reward package is a stunning signed and Limited Edition 32"x40” framed Fine Art print . You will select your image from the Contributors Only Gallery, giving you a “first look” at the new work as it is featured. In addition to The Great American Coastline eNewsletter, you will also receive (5) sets of (4) DVDs each of The Pacific Coastline Collection, and (5) Special Edition coffee table books signed by Gareth. (Please see full descriptions in #1, #2, #3 and #4). Travel expenses are not included in the pledge amount.

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Funding period

- (28 days)