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A photo coffee table book exploring the spiritual connection that we have with the natural world.
A photo coffee table book exploring the spiritual connection that we have with the natural world.
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Hello! My name is Tony Murray, for the past 7 years I have been a professional photographer based in Utah and have had the opportunity to travel extensively and document several areas of the world. Throughout my travels I have always felt a certain calmness while taking pictures. I've developed the sense that nature is so much more than we often take it for; it seems as if the outdoors has its own "natural spirituality". My goal through photography has always been to help those who see my photographs connect emotionally with them.  Ansel Adams once stated: “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”  My objective is to always remember my viewer. I want to convey to others my sense of inner peace that I feel while standing in an amazing place; to bring the feeling that landscapes are something more than just a mountain, river, or tree. 

My goal through Kickstarter is to produce an exceptional, high quality,  coffee table book about the spirituality of nature.  The book itself will be approximately 150 pages in length and will contain a collection of my best work.  In addition to the photographs there  will be a collection of quotes, poems, and essays from various authors that will help to establish and convey the message of the spirituality of nature.  The  purpose of this book is not to discuss religion in general, but rather to convey that natural places have more to offer than just what we see. Through nature we can find an inner sense of peace that can be found nowhere else. When people look through my book I want them to feel that there is something greater than themselves and that the natural world is the place to find it.

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    You will receive a 5x7 photograph of your choice from the book, printed on metallic paper.

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    You will receive an 8x12 photograph of your choice from the book, printed on metallic paper.

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    You will receive a hardbound and signed copy of "Temples: a photographic look into the spirituality of nature". This price includes domestic shipping, please add $40 for international shipping

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    You receive not only a hardbound and signed copy of "Temples: a photographic look into the spirituality of nature", but you will also receive a 16x24 photograph of your choice from the book, printed on metallic paper. This price includes domestic shipping, please add $40 for international shipping

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    You receive not only a hardbound copy of "Temples: a photographic look into the spirituality of nature", but your name will appear in the book as a special contributor to the project. You will also receive a 24x36 photograph of your choice from the book, printed on metallic paper. This price includes domestic shipping, please add $40 for international shipping

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    You receive not only a hardbound copy of "Temples: a photographic look into the spirituality of nature", but your name will appear in the book as a special contributor to the project. You also get a 1 day photo workshop with Tony anywhere within 100 miles of Salt Lake City, chosen by you and Tony. This workshop does not include travel and travel expenses. Multiple people are allowed to go in on this. This price also includes domestic shipping, please add $40 for international shipping

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    You get a 2 day nature photography workshop with Tony in either Zion, Yellowstone, or Grand Teton National Parks! You receive a hardbound copy of "Temples: a photographic look into the spirituality of nature", and your name will also appear in the book as a special contributor to the project. The workshop does not include travel and travel expenses. Multiple people are allowed to go in together on this. This price includes domestic shipping, please add $40 for international shipping.

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