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Showing the changes in the Norwegian glaciers and landscape in the past 100 years

Hi! I'm Stan Lichens I've been a professional fine art photographer for the past 30 years. I recently discovered a collection of beautiful 19 c. hand-colored postcards of the Norwegian landscape. I propose to return to those same locations and capture the same view of that landscape.

Rhinebeck, New York
Rhinebeck, New York

I’ve won multiple awards for my photography, most recently a Kittredge grant, from Harvard University, to travel and document Venice, Italy, in 2011. I attended the Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in Photography.

Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy

I produced landscape calendars of the Hudson Valley for 13 years, and have published 6 books, including The Romantic Landscape (Pomegranate Press), The Rational Landscape, The Internal Landscape, The Presence left behind, The Ephemeral Form and The Enigmatic Object (Ferncliff Press).

Harriman State Park, NY
Harriman State Park, NY


I have also traveled to Turkey and photographed the unique landscape of Cappadocia.

Goreme, Turkey
Goreme, Turkey
Hand-coloring pencil set
Hand-coloring pencil set

I use a combination of digital camera captures, and an early 20 c. hand-coloring technique for my photographs- giving them a unique look and feel. The colors are created using water-color pencils, above is an example of the process used by me, in this case the pencils are from the 1930s. I use these, plus new ones, in order to expand my color palette. I then re-scan the print after it is colored and reproduce it using a digital printer. All images can be viewed on my website: www.stanlichens.com

I have lived in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York State for over 20 years. I am fortunate to share the 1879 Astor Gatehouse (originally owned by John Jacob Astor) with my wife and daughter. I have a studio on the grounds.

The hand-colored postcards of Norway I found in the Library of Congress show the glaciers in a different state today as from 100 years ago (see lead photo as an example of the 19th century postcards. Below are a few more.

19th c. view
19th c. view
19th c. additional view
19th c. additional view

I will bring an extremely high-resolution camera on the trip with me to make the photos.Then in the book, I will pair the 19th century photo of a view with a current photo of the same view. The change shown will be sobering, and also beautiful.

The prints and book will be produced by state of the art technology by one of the finest printers in Germany. It will be hardbound, with a linen cover, and full-color interior, 12” x 12” square, in a limited edition of 500 copies.

Book cover mock-up
Book cover mock-up

 

Book interior mock-up
Book interior mock-up

I'm very excited about this project, and can't wait to see it come to life in print form! That's where you come in. I am seeking funds to pay for travel expenses to Norway for myself and an assistant; the printing cost for both the book and a set of high-quality prints; and plans to exhibit in New York City and Scandinavia. By backing this project, you'll help me to achieve my goal of publishing a unique vision of Norway and our earth, but you'll also be helping yourself!

Over on the right side of the page are a list of the items and experiences I'm offering for your support. I've designed the pledge levels to give you excellent value. In each case the combined retail value exceeds the amount you pledge to receive it.

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Remember - Kickstarter projects are all-or-nothing. In order to produce the book, the project has to meet its funding goal, or no money changes hands and the book will likely not see the light of day. Thanks for your support, in any amount!

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While I have a publisher tentatively interested in doing a more elaborate version of the book I will self-produce, it is not 100% certain they will pick it up. My challenge is to convince that same publisher to take these images and produce and distribute a book in the world market, and if not that publisher, then to find another publisher to produce the book and market it, in order to really push it out into the world, and not simply self-distribute.

To summarize, the greatest challenge is not to print a small run of books, but to leverage the project into it being published for wider viewership through a well-known publisher. Having these funds moves me to a level of tangibility and professionalism that can make that happen.

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