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THE RETURN is a book of photographs by Adrain Chesser in collaboration with ritualist Timothy White Eagle published by Daylight Books.
THE RETURN is a book of photographs by Adrain Chesser in collaboration with ritualist Timothy White Eagle published by Daylight Books.
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 WOW!!! YES!!! SUCCESS!!! Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this campaign such a huge success. Thank you for all the love and support and for all those who helped spread the word. The Kickstarter campaign is over but there are still copies of the book available. Please contact me by email at adrain@adrainchesser.com for more information or visit my website www.adrainchesser.com there will be more information there in the coming weeks. THANK YOU, again for all the support!!!

JP Hartsong  / Stoneberger Creek, Nevada
JP Hartsong / Stoneberger Creek, Nevada

The Project

Since 2006 I have been working on a project titled “The Return”, it is a portrait of a people, a place and an ideal. The work is about a group of people who are living nomadically. They travel with the seasons on what was referred to by first nations people as the “hoop”. Their ideal is to live wild and free, untethered from society, to thrive by utilizing traditional hunter gatherer skills. Their greatest desire is to have a symbiotic relationship with the earth, “the Mother”. To live a life in balance, to give back more than they take. They are my friends, lovers, my extended family, we traveled throughout Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Northern California. We took refuge in old shacks, we dug roots planted hundreds of years ago by native american grandmothers, we gorged ourselves on the bounty of abandoned orchards. “The Return” is a collaboration with the Native American Ritualist Timothy White Eagle. Our collaborative process involved a considerable amount of prayer, consideration and discussion about the spiritual nature of the way in which these people live, the spiritual nature of the way Art works, and the ways in which archetypal energies work within mythic story telling.  

carrying water/Huddles Hole, Craters of the Moon Idaho
carrying water/Huddles Hole, Craters of the Moon Idaho

Timothy White Eagle writes:

“The subjects in “The Return” are predominately not Indigenous. Most carry European ancestry. And most come in one form or another from the disenfranchised margins of main stream America. Most are poor, some are queer, some are trans-gendered, some are hermits and some are politically radical. All believe that major shifts are needed in the way modern society interacts with the natural world. And all are willing pioneers, stepping off into uncertain terrain searching for something lost generations ago. Perhaps poetically, those attempting to live these ideals could be viewed as a rainbow tribe.  In their search they struggle to be released from old ways of being. Cars, soda pop, cell phones and cigarettes follow them. Convenience has a magnetic power.  Addictions, cravings, and desires are hard to break. These pioneer's seek a new way in the world, while still learning to let go of the old. These are uncommon Heroes shedding layer by layer the learned domestication of the dominator culture.”

Burger King/Mesquite Nevada
Burger King/Mesquite Nevada
sage field/Lone Pine Ridge Idaho
sage field/Lone Pine Ridge Idaho
in the wikiup/Arco, Idaho
in the wikiup/Arco, Idaho

Book Details

Photographs: Adrain Chesser

Text: Timothy White Eagle

Edited by: Taj Forer and Michael Itkoff

Design: Rory Sparks

Size: 9"X10.5", hard cover, 114 pages, 49 color photographs,

Retail Price: $50

Publication Date: March 2014

Special Edition Kickstarter Rewards designed and hand crafted by Rory Sparks at EM Space in Portland Oregon

THE "ARTIST EDITION"

 THE "COLLECTORS EDITION"

Stretch Goals and BONUS reward

WOW!!! We made it!!! Because of your overwhelming and humbling support, we will be able to see The Return as a published book this spring. We are filled with gratitude for all the amazing support and love that we have received for this project. We are looking forward to packing up your special copy of the book, and sending them out to you! Quite literally I have been overwhelmed with gratitude so Thank You Thank You Thank You. When we set our Kickstarter goal it was important that we set it at a level that we felt was possible to reach, as well as give us enough capital to help fund the book. Kickstarter campaigns are an all or nothing proposition, if we had not reached our goal we would have received nothing. So it was very important that we set a goal that we could reach and we have. Again Thank You! However the reality of our initial Kickstarter goal is that it is less than half of our actual cost to publish The Return. So since we still have a little over a week left in our campaign we are going to set a stretch goal of $20,000, which would help us cover most all of our remaining costs. To reach our stretch gaol would be a huge financial relief us so we want to show our appreciation. We are adding a new BONUS reward, if we can reach our new goal. Everyone who has or will back our project at the $50 book level and up, will receive a signed limited edition 8x10 print of “cherries/Marble Mountain Wilderness, California” in addtion to the reward already offered. But this can only happen if we can reach $20,000 mark or above. You have all been so amazing and if you would please help us by continuing to spread the word, letting people know that they can pre-purchase their copy of The Return, we think we can get there.

cherries/Marble Mountain Wilderness, California
cherries/Marble Mountain Wilderness, California

 Adrain Chesser

Adrain Chesser is a self taught photographer who refined his craft and practice through a personal mentor/protege relationship with the photographer Rosalind Solomon, and later with the photographer Debbie Fleming Caffery. His first critical success came with the body of work “I have something to tell you” a personal exploration of what it meant to disclose life altering news. In 2004 he was granted a year long residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute. His work is part of the permanent collections of: Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Portland Museum of Art, and The Norton Museum of Art among others. He currently lives and works in the Pacific Northwest.

Timothy White Eagle

Timothy White Eagle is an Indigenous American of mixed ancestry. His mother was White Mountain Apache and his father was of unknown origin. He was adopted and raised in rural Washington state by working class white Mormon parents. He has a BFA from University of Utah. He spent many years working in amateur theater, cabaret, and improvisational performance art. For the past 20 years Timothy has been exploring and creating rituals. Studying with Indigenous American, Pagan and Haitian elders, he explored traditional forms of ceremony.  He helps lead rituals around the country in a wide variety of communities. In collaboration with visual and performance artists he co-creates works which contain the conveyance of Spirit. He dances at a unique cross roads between ritual and art.

Daylight is a non-profit organization founded by Michael Itkoff and Taj Forer and is dedicated to publishing art and photography books. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine-art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large. 

 Video shot and produced by: Mark Levine

Music in the video by: Cadens Johnson

sleep/east of Las Vegas, Nevada
sleep/east of Las Vegas, Nevada

Risks and challenges

The major risks and challenges involved in publishing a photobook include the possibility of delay. The project has been completed and we have the final design for the book, along with Daylight's 10 years of experience in producing finely crafted art books and contingent on the success of this fund raising campaign we will do everything possible to realize the March 2014 publishing date.

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    "The Medicine Edition"

    A very special edition of The Return, prepared by Timothy White Eagle. Each book will be assembled as a medicine object. Blessed and marked with traditional red ochre and musk oil paint. Markings will vary from book to book, interior pages, cover and binding may be marked. The finished object will be wrapped in a specially prepared red cloth. Along with an limited addition 5" X 7" print of “JP Heartsong, Stoneberger Creek”. The Medicine Edition is only available as a Kickstarter reward. You will also receive acknowledgment in the book and an invitation to the book launch.

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    "The Artist Edition",at this level you will receive a special edition signed copy of The Return and a portfolio containing three 11" X 14" prints specially chosen by Adrain Chesser. The images are from the larger body of work but do not appear in the book. The photographs hold a special resonance for the artist and will only be available as this special Kickstarter reward. You will also receive acknowledgment in the book and an invitation to the book launch.

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    "The Collectors Edition" at this level you will receive a Medicine Edition copy of The Return as well as a portfolio of 8 limited edition 11"X14" prints, housed in an archival box specially designed and hand crafted by Rory Sparks. You will also receive special acknowledgment in the book and an invitation to the book launch.

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