About this project
True nature is harsh, unforgiving and bold. And all the while the natural world also continues to portray absolute beauty that is unseen anywhere else. Of course much of both this beauty and inhospitableness is easily observable by man. There is an aspect that goes unnoticed and unappreciated. Regarded as one of the last remaining wild places in the North American continent, Alaska undoubtedly radiates the simple beauty and power of nature.
Photographers Kyle DeClerck and Ian Horvath plan to remove themselves from human civilization in order to fully portray the complicated beauty of nature as unseen and untouched by the hands of man. Through the use of traditional film cameras, DeClerck and Horvath plan to reveal the subtle intricacies and grand splendor of Alaska through photographs. Uncovering both the peaceful beauty of the Alaskan environment as well as the cruel brutality.
The expedition will take six weeks. They will begin by leaving Phoenix, AZ and driving the five day excursion north through the U.S., Alberta, British Columbia, The Yukon and finally arriving in Alaska. The journey north to Alaska will be approximately 3,600 miles, essentially covering the length of the continent. The initial destination will be the wilderness north of Denali National Park, where DeClerck and Horvath will set up camp.
Once in Alaska, the photographers will be completely immersed in the natural world, devoting their entirety to the observation of the wild surrounding them. For the next four weeks DeClerck and Horvath will be exploring the vast wilderness, expressing their artistic visualizations through the unseen beauties of Alaska encompassing them. By using traditional film cameras, the photographers will be able to record the magnificence of Alaska with the highest quality achievable through photographic processes. This will be accomplished by using a wide range of formats. DeClerck and Horvath will be utilizing the benefits of 35mm, 6x6cm, 6x7cm and 4x5in cameras.
Ultimately, DeClerck and Horvath intend to create a body of photographs that convey the natural beauty of Alaska which is unseen by man. These photographs will portray everything from minute abstractions to overwhelming vistas of the Alaskan wilderness. Once back in Phoenix, DeClerck and Horvath will showcase the work produced in Alaska in an gallery exhibition. As well as a limited edition hard cover book featuring the best photographs from the expedition. All black and white photographs featured in the gallery exhibition as well as rewarded to donors will be hand printed by the photographers in the darkroom, and all color photographs will be printed in a professional printing lab.
The pricing outline explaining expenses for the trip is as follows:
$600- Food & Camping Supplies
$500- The Making of Prints and Books
Thank you very much for taking the time to view our Kickstarter and we hope to be writing you a letter from Alaska very soon. To get an idea of the work we produce please visit our websites.
Kyle DeClerck- www.kyledeclerck.com
Ian Horvath- ianhorvathphoto.com
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