The Wilderness Project
The Wilderness Project
A book of children in the Wilderness. Their portraits and the photographs they create of the wild places deeply rooted in their souls.
A book of children in the Wilderness. Their portraits and the photographs they create of the wild places deeply rooted in their souls. Read more
About this project
This project has been burning a fire within my soul for years, it needed time to be understood and for it to become something tangible. Bits and pieces, the seeds so to speak, have been tossed about, in and out of my hands, as random photographs I have been compelled to make. It wasn’t until recently that I could start writing it down and turning in to something I could share and spread with others. So new, the roots are just beginning to spread and hold steadfast. It will be the children, the mothers and fathers, the adventurers who crave the wild, those who step off the beaten path, they will make this project grow. If you believe in the importance for our children to experience the wild, both in the soul and in their hands, I hope you will help. I need you to get this project rolling.
The Wilderness Project will seek out children who most need the magic of the wild, the gifts of nature. The first phase of this Wilderness Project will take us into the woods, mountains, beaches, and rivers of New England. Exploring will be from Maine through New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
I will be creating portraits of these children but more importantly each child will be photographing their Wilderness with a Holga or other film camera. Their photographs will show us how they see the wild around them, what is important to them, what they feel in their heart. This can give each child the opportunity to see things in a way they may have not before, a different perspective. It can show others the glorious wonderlands which guide children in being adventurous explorers. The children will be asked to either write, tell, or sketch some of their discoveries made while photographing and this will be shared alongside their prints in a printed journal of their own.
I am working to connect with families whose children may need art and nature to express, communicate, and heal themselves. Children who have lost a family member, suffer from chronic or terminal illness, or face anxiety which inhibits their learning and relationships, can all benefit from The Wilderness Project. And the other children, the ones who seem to have no need for this, they need it too. Someday life will throw them a challenge and they will be more able to face it with success if they know the power of being awake in the wild.
I have given myself one full year for the New England Wilderness Project so that it may be photographed it in all its forms and seasons. I dream of this project growing throughout the entire United States, giving so many children the experience of exploring their Wilderness.
There will be beautiful art interwoven among the pages of this book by Meredith C. Bullock. In my heart I felt the need for something more then portraits and photographs. Meredith's art will be a beautiful addition to the final book. Little bits of magic found throughout, like treasures found in the wild.
Meredith C. Bullock is a full-time artist, illustrator and designer living in Nashville, TN with her talented music-making husband and little black cat. Meredith grew up in a small rural town surrounded by nothing but cornfields and woods. She recalls exploring the wild to find peace and wonder and drawing nature to capture the beauty around her. When Heather came to her with the idea of The Wilderness Project, she was immediately committed and transported to those moments that helped mold her heart and soul.
The Rewards and the Limited Edition Book will be printed by Artifact Uprising~ The masks worn by some of the children are created by Sundries and Plunder. I will be having a guest gallery exhibit showcasing much of the completed New England work in August of 2013 in Boothbay Harbor ME. at Studio 53. It will be a joint exhibit with my father, painter, Bob Mckay.
Profits from sale of the books and of the children's prints will also go directly towards bringing more children into the wild, inspiring them to enter, to care, to connect, and explore. This, I truly believe is the most important thing we can do to protect the wild ones and wild lands. Get our children outside and let them fall in love with it's wonder and magic. Let them realize the power it has.
Since my love of film is almost as strong as my love of the wild this is why The Wilderness Project needs you. The thought of shooting this all in pixels just doesn't sit right with me. It is the time in front of the computer I suppose, the time that I would rather be outside with the children exploring and showing, teaching, sharing, guiding which is important to me. That is what the funding is needed for. Much of the $10,000 will be returned to backers in Rewards and Gifts but the cost of film, developing, and some Grizzly Bars for fuel for the travels is what I am asking for help to cover. I believe the project is so much bigger then myself, it has the potential to grow and spread, to ultimately fund itself and create a tribe of Wilderness children determined to save the magic that is meant for them.
"What one loves about life are the things that fade." Michael Ciminos
With so much gratitude, I thank you for believing in me... and in them.
Risks and challenges
Any project I suppose comes with risks. I see only incredible outcome and potential with going into the wilderness with children craving the goodness it gives to us. There are always risks with going off the beaten trail, with thinking outside the box, with getting our hands and feet dirty (and cold). I prepare for obstacles but plan for smooth sailing. Let's just say that all proceeds exceeding the project goal and any profit earned from the sale of prints, books, and products from this will go immediately into funding us to keep exploring and sharing the wilderness with as many children as we can. Thank you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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