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The Fresh Coast Project is the endeavor to photograph and archive the Great Lakes on film prior to the cessation of film as a medium.

WHAT IS THE FRESH COAST PROJECT? 

The Fresh Coast Project is a photographic film project that serves to inspire a dialogue about the importance of the Great Lakes. Set between two countries in the heart of North America with its 10,000 miles of shoreline, photographic the Great Lakes is an enormous undertaking, and this project will put on archival film the beauty, grandeur and scope of the Great Lakes as one magnificent body. The Fresh Coast Project  was created by photographer Ed Wargin. The purpose of the project is to provide visual context to the challenges and opportunities we will encounter in forthcoming years. Through imagery, stories, and media, the project will share the magnificent beauty of our Great Lakes with citizens of the Great Lakes basin and beyond. It will show the global community that our Great Lakes, as one ecosystem, is a true wonder of the world. The project promotes travel, exploration, education, enjoyment and celebration of the Great Lakes, and strives to cultivate an active role of nurturing this region by passing forward to our youth a genuine legacy of concern, gratitude, pride and stewardship. 

THE FRESH COAST PROJECT IN THE NEWS!

Featured on NBC / KARE 11 (Minneapolis) segment: "Boyd Huppert's Land of 10,000 Stories": 

WHY AM I PRIMARILY PHOTOGRAPHING THIS PROJECT ON THE MEDIUM OF FILM? 

Digital photography and film photography as mediums are two unique and separate tools. While I too make photographs digitally and enjoy that process as well, to me, nothing surpasses the beauty and quality of shooting on photographic E-6 (transparency) film.  As a baseline of historical context and importance, film provides the ability for one to look at a raw transparency and be guaranteed that no computer manipulation has occurred. From an artistic perspective, film is craft, film is science. The beauty of film is that it is tangible and material. There are those who say film will never go away, but many types of film have ceased manufacture, and more importantly, many of the chemicals required for the processing of film have ceased manufacture as well, and it's only a matter of time until the remaining inventories are absorbed and gone. From a professional standpoint, the ability to construct and complete a project of this magnitude may never happen again. I feel that this historic evolution from film to digital is too important to ignore, as we risk not securing the Great Lakes on film while there still is a chance to do so.  

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    Receive a thank you email from the project along with a jpeg banner photograph for your personal Facebook timeline that says "I Love The Great Lakes."

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    Receive the 2013 Fresh Coast Project Seasonal Screensaver Calendar. Each photograph depicts a seasonal scene from the Great Lakes from across the four seasons. Also included is reward #1 (Facebook Timeline Photo).

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    Have your name honored on a dedication page inside the "Special Edition" digital coffee table book titled Fresh Coast - A Tribute to the Great Lakes in Photographs. Also included is reward #1 (Facebook Timeline Photo) and # 2 (Seasonal Screensaver). You will receive a link to the "Special Edition" digital book upon funding of the project via email in February.

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    Receive the 2013 12-month Screensaver Calendar. Each month is a different Great Lakes location. Also includes rewards #1 (Facebook Timeline Photo) and #3 (Special Dedication in Digital Book).

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    Receive an 8"x10" fine art photographic print. You can choose one print from the select 25 print gallery. The link listed below the print gallery offering to the left will show the print selections choices. Each photograph is printed by the artist and arrives signed and dated with the year. Also includes rewards #1 (Facebook Timeline Photo), #3 (Special Dedication in Digital Book) and #4 (Monthly Screensaver Calendar). NOTE: Let your support be a unique Christmas gift! If our Kickstarter is successful and you want your support to be a gift, we will email you a printable certificate to place in a card or stocking. This festive certificate will explain that your gift of a print in support of the Great Lakes and Fresh Coast Project.

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    Choose from 1 of 8 Great Lakes Photographic Print Posters from locations such as: - Ontario's Bruce Peninsula, - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, - New York's Niagara Falls, - Cleveland Ohio beach, - Duluth Minnesota Canal, - Wisconsin's Door County Peninsula and - Detroit's Belle Isle. Each photographic poster print is created by the artist and arrives signed and dated with the year. The posters are 17"x22" and arrive ready for framing. The link listed below the poster print gallery offering to the left will show the print selections choices. Also includes rewards #1 (Facebook Timeline Photo), #3 (Special Dedication in Digital Book) and #4 (Monthly Screensaver Calendar). NOTE: Let your support be a unique Christmas gift! If our Kickstarter is successful and you want your support to be a gift, we will email you a printable certificate to place in a card or stocking. This festive certificate will explain that your gift of a print in support of the Great Lakes and Fresh Coast Project.

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    Receive an 14"x20" fine art photographic print. You can choose one print from the select 25 print gallery. The link listed below the print gallery offering to the left will show the print selections choices. Each photograph is printed by the artist and arrives signed and dated with the year. Also includes rewards #1 (Facebook Timeline Photo), #3 (Special Dedication in Digital Book) and #4 (Monthly Screensaver Calendar). NOTE: Let your support be a unique Christmas gift! If our Kickstarter is successful and you want your support to be a gift, we will email you a printable certificate to place in a card or stocking. This festive certificate will explain that your gift of a print in support of the Great Lakes and Fresh Coast Project.

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    Receive an 20"x30" fine art photographic print. You can choose one print from the select 25 print gallery. The link listed below the print gallery offering to the left will show the print selections choices. Each photograph is printed by the artist and arrives signed and dated with the year. Also includes rewards #1 (Facebook Timeline Photo), #3 (Special Dedication in Digital Book) and #4 (Monthly Screensaver Calendar). NOTE: Let your support be a unique Christmas gift! If our Kickstarter is successful and you want your support to be a gift, we will email you a printable certificate to place in a card or stocking. This festive certificate will explain that your gift of a print in support of the Great Lakes and Fresh Coast Project.

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    Receive an entire (Kickstarter) collection of fine art photographic prints including (1) 8"x10" print, (1) 17"x22" Poster, (1) 14"x20" print and (1) 20"x30" print of your choice from the print and poster galleries respectively. Also includes rewards #1 (Facebook Timeline Photo), #3 (Special Dedication in Digital Book) and #4 (Monthly Screensaver Calendar). NOTE: Let your support be a unique Christmas gift! If our Kickstarter is successful and you want your support to be a gift, we will email you a printable certificate to place in a card or stocking. This festive certificate will explain that your gift of a print in support of the Great Lakes and Fresh Coast Project.

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    Join me along Lake Superior's North Shore in Minnesota for a private, individual 2-Day Photo Workshop. Together we will explore the best of what the north shore landscape has to offer and together we will hone your photographic skills for creating beautiful landscape photographs. This opportunity is for one person/two days of private instruction. There are four two-day workshops available for a total of four separate workshops to be offered from spring thru fall of 2013. The date of your private two-day adventure will be scheduled mutually upon successful funding. (all travel expenses including food, lodging, etc. is the responsibility of the attendee). Also includes rewards #1 (Facebook Timeline Photo), #3 (Special Dedication in Digital Book) and #4 (Monthly Screensaver Calendar) and #9 (Entire Kickstarter Collection of Prints). NOTE: Let your support be a unique Christmas gift! If our Kickstarter is successful and you want your support to be a gift, we will email you a printable certificate to place in a card or stocking. This festive certificate will explain that your gift of a print in support of the Great Lakes and Fresh Coast Project.

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