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Over the course of three and a half years we went to every park in Seattle. We took a photograph at each one and are making a book.
Over the course of three and a half years we went to every park in Seattle. We took a photograph at each one and are making a book.
108 backers pledged $6,421 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE: We are super excited to have reached our goal. Thank you so much to everyone that has supported us! With just under two weeks to go, there is still plenty of time for us to reach our stretch goal of $12,500. We are currently planning on digitally printing the book, and while the quality of that looks great, offset printing offers some advantages through the varieties of papers we can use, special varnishes we can apply, and makes the photos look even better.

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We are James and Jackson. In October of 2009 we made the decision to visit every park in our hometown of Seattle, Washington; a city known for its natural beauty best observed through its exceptional park system. The basic idea was to include ourselves and the rainbow colored park sign that welcomes you to each park in each photograph to more or less "prove" we were there. It ended up taking us 3 years and 8 months to visit every one. We rode our bicycles to 207 of the parks and were able to include 187 different people in the project: some old friends, new friends, acquaintances, strangers, animals and even the Mayor of Seattle.

We always had envisioned turning our project into a large format printed photography book, rather than a blog or website. We are working to produce a full color, 256 page, 11.8" x 8.85" hard back book that tells a personal story in the form of a field guide that belongs on a coffee table.

This project has consumed our lives for thousands of hours over 4 years and we are very excited to finally share it with you. It is being printed locally in downtown Seattle and can be delivered to you for a donation to this campaign of $55.

The book features an introduction, a brief history of Seattle Park Pioneers, the tools we used along the way, infographics on the process, details on every park, and an index of everyone involved.
The book features an introduction, a brief history of Seattle Park Pioneers, the tools we used along the way, infographics on the process, details on every park, and an index of everyone involved.
All 334 parks are organized in alphabetical order
All 334 parks are organized in alphabetical order
The book is 11.8" x 8.85"
The book is 11.8" x 8.85"
Features over 30 full bleed images.
Features over 30 full bleed images.
Includes details and data on the project
Includes details and data on the project
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Risks and challenges

This is our first kickstarter and our first book, however we have a close relationship with our book designer and we have received a quote from a local printer.

Designing and printing a book on our own is a big job but we are a long way into the process and we are confident in our abilities to bring you the final product.

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    A postcard with one of our pictures detailing a recommended bike ride or walk through Seattle to some of our favorite parks.

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    A PDF version of our book, "Reasons to Go Outside."

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    Our very own Seattle Parks T-shirt (seen on the bottom left) AND a postcard. Available in Small to Extra Large. An alternative tote bag is available by request.

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    Our book! "Reasons to Go Outside," which features a photograph for every one of Seattle's 330+ parks plus much more. 256 pages, 11.8 x 8.85 inches. Hard cover.

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    One copy of "Reasons to Go Outside," one Seattle Parks t-shirt (or tote by request) and a postcard.

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    TWO copies of the book, "Reasons to Go Outside."

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    TWO copies of the book, "Reasons to Go Outside," one Seattle Parks t-shirt (or tote bag by request) and a postcard.

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    Co-Author and professional DJ Jackson Quall will DJ any event for you in the Vancouver-Seattle-Portland Area. This could be a small gathering, a dance party or even a wedding. This pledge amount also includes one copy of the book.
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