Hello everyone -- I'm Byron Jorjorian, professional nature photographer.
Tennessee is my home and a state of diverse and stunning natural beauty. It has been one of the main subjects of my photographic exploration for much of the past three decades. In Treasures Untold: Uncovering Masterpieces of Nature Across Tennessee, I have gathered together some of my favorite images to create a full-color, fine art book.
Where Did I Come Up With The Idea For This Book?
A few years back, I had a very successful exhibit at the Nashville International Airport. The exhibit was entitled A Walk Across Tennessee and as you walked through Concourse C, you took a visual journey from West to East Tennessee past 34 large-scale prints. The curator of the show at the time said that the exhibit was one of the most successful shows they had ever hosted! While the exhibit was underway we got a large number of inquiries from viewers asking when we were going to do a book. The idea has been in the back of my mind ever since. Over the years, my library and experience as a photographic artist have grown and so has the idea of doing a book that would give the viewer a similar experience to that exhibit. So......I am having this book laid out in a manner that I hope will give you the feeling that you are walking through an art show much like the original exhibit.
••• My desire for this book is not only to share the beauty of Tennessee's special natural places but for the book to be an artistic expression of the beauty I see in the natural world. While this book's focus is Tennessee, I hope you will enjoy my images as works of art that celebrate the natural world in general.
Some of the photographs are familiar and iconic images from my collection, and others have never been shared before. All of them represent wild and sometimes remote places that I have been privileged to discover for myself, capture with my camera, and bring back to share with you.
The book will showcase more than 90 of my favorite photographs of wilderness scenes across Tennessee. It will be the first book to collect my own handpicked images. Working with a skilled book designer, I have assembled my images as a kind of photographic journey from Reelfoot Lake in West Tennessee to the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, winding across the state from one special place to another.
I've gone to great lengths to get these pictures. Sometimes I've woken long before dawn to climb to the top of cliffs to take a photograph at first light. I've hiked deep into green gorges in the summer heat and captured the sunlight filtering through the trees to the forest floor. I've waded through streams and clambered up waterfalls to find the right angle on the misty cascade filling the frame of the picture.
Whether you're from Tennessee, have had the chance to visit my state, or just enjoy the beauty of nature, I think you'll find these images will remind you of the incredible natural treasures that exist just off the beaten path. And they may inspire you to take your own journeys!
A Little About Me
I have been a professional nature photographer for over 30 years and have loved every minute of it! People keep asking me where my favorite place to shoot is. I tell them honestly my favorite place to shoot is wherever I am. I also continually try to explore and discover new ways of capturing images. The images that I create grow from what I call "emotional discovery". This is the discovery of previously unseen patterns and arrangements of colors and shapes in nature that create a strong emotional state within us when they are revealed. Each image is made more unique by the integration of lighting conditions that come together at the moment of the photograph's conception. It is here in the space created by natural conditions and emotional discovery that my images take shape. My time spent in nature instills a great sense of child-like wonder, harmony and oneness in me, and through my photographs I hope to share that special feeling.
I have 375,000 + images in my files, have had over 11,000 images published and 19,000 fine art prints installed all over the world.
The Text and The Writer
The book includes not only my photographs but also text written by the writer Paul Kingsbury. He has written several books about country music, The Grand Ole Opry, the classic Nashville poster shop Hatch Show Print, and the Woodstock festival, and he has edited many more. Since 2006, he has written for The Nature Conservancy, one of my favorite conservation organizations, which protected many of the special places I feature in this book.
Like me, Paul loves spending time in the outdoors, and he has hiked, camped and canoed all over Tennessee. He has personal experience with many of the places I feature in this book.
Paul's text includes an introduction that explains my background in photography and my vision for nature photography. The text also includes detailed descriptions of the places I've photographed and technical notes on how I set up the camera for each shot, such as aperture and shutter speed.
Full color, dust-jacketed, hard cover, 11.5" x 10" landscape oriented book with approximately 120 pages and over 90 breathtaking images.
We Need Your Help
Publishing a high-quality art book like this comes at a cost. That's where you come in. With your help, we can produce a beautiful book of high quality that is quite affordable. Kickstarter gives us a wonderful opportunity to gauge the interest in our creative project without the financial risk inherent in traditional publishing. We ask for your help by backing our project and spreading the word.
I hope you will join me in helping to make this book a reality. In return, you will receive a pre-sale of the book along with other special bonus items, depending on which Pledge Level you choose. We will also add some stretch goals if we exceed our initial pledge amount. But without your help and your friends' help, this book will not be published. So please spread the word quickly!
Rewards For Your Support -- What You Get
In return for your support for helping me publish my book, you can receive an advanced edition of the book along with other one-of-a-kind benefits.
Below is a list of rewards that you may qualify for by supporting our project at higher levels: (More specific details are in the right hand column.)
• Downloadable eBook -- You will receive a complete eBook digital copy that can be viewed on your computer, tablet, or smart phone.
• Set of Note Cards -- These high quality note cards feature 5 of my images from the book and includes envelopes too.
• Fine Art Archival Quality Prints -- Depending on your pledge level, you can receive prints of my photographs in sizes ranging from 6"x 9" up to 24" x 36".
At the $120 and $200 Pledge Levels you can pick ONE of the 4 images below as your print! At the $375 Pledge Level you can pick TWO of them for your prints!
• Your Name Printed in the Book in the List of Supporters -- At levels of $500 or more (Limited to 6), your name will be included in a list of the book's major supporters, in the book.
• Dinner with Me -- At the $1,000 level or more (Limited to 6), you and your guest have the opportunity to join me and the writer Paul Kingsbury for dinner at a restaurant in the Franklin/Nashville area.
• Workshop with Me -- At the $2,000 level or more (Limited to 4), you will have the opportunity to join me (and possibly 3 other people) in Tennessee for a one day nature photography workshop.
••• IF YOU WANT TO GET MULTIPLES AND/OR DIFFERENT PLEDGE LEVELS, JUST PLEDGE THE TOTAL AMOUNT FOR WHAT YOU WANT AND WE'LL SORT IT OUT AFTER THE CAMPAIGN ENDS.
~ STRETCH GOALS ~
If we reach $15,000:
Everyone who has pledged $45 or more will get TWO notecards & envelopes from unique images in the book (photographer's choice) which are NOT in the notecard set.
If we reach $18,000:
Everyone who has pledged $45 or more will get everything in the stretch goal above, PLUS - will also get a unique, 6" x 9" archival fine art print on Luster paper from an image in the book (photographer's choice), which is printed by the photographer.
If we reach $22,000:
Everyone who has pledged $45 or more will get everything in the two stretch goals above, PLUS - we will UPGRADE the 6" x 9" print above to a premium, fine art matte paper, which is printed by the photographer. PLUS - TWO more notecards & envelopes from unique images in the book (photographer's choice) which are NOT in the notecard set.
••• We have some exciting new stretch goals planned if we exceed the $22,000 level. Watch for our updates in your emails!
We are SO EXCITED. THANK YOU for considering our project! We will keep you up-to-date about how it is all coming along.
Risks and challenges
As with any crowd funding campaign, we run the risk of not being fully funded. What you need to know is that if we do not meet our funding goal, your credit cards will NOT be charged. The bad part is, if we don't get funded...you won't get the beautiful book and other gifts you were hoping for. But we are confident that our MAGNIFICENT art book will reach our funding goal.
We have nearly completed the book, final image selections are being tweaked, and the designer has started the preliminary layout. So once our funding goal is reached, we will be able to get final layouts to the printer and get started printing right away.
We have budgeted extremely well and are allowing time for each book and all pledge rewards to be shipped in a timely fashion. We are positive that printing and shipping times will be accurate. We hope you understand that there could be printing and shipping delays beyond our control. We are not anticipating deviation from scheduled delivery dates but we will keep everyone apprised of any delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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