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By Laura Young
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About

Our National Park System has been in the news recently for some alarming reasons. Park closures for political reasons, big corporations seeking questionable access to public lands, and environmental implications of human actions have all impacted our National Park treasures. 

Many of us are nature lovers, perhaps we have visited the Grand Canyon or Yosemite, driven through Yellowstone, or camped at Zion. We've walked the nice wide pathways to overlooks with wide vistas and maybe took a day hike to see well-known rock formations. Millions of visitors each year take away images of these beloved locations. 

But for each person who sees and loves our National Parks, there are millions who will never get the chance. They know the names and they hear about the threats to our public lands, but the reality remains abstract and far-away. As our political and environmental climates change we are seeing our National Parks being effected in ways that will go largely unnoticed by most of us who are not regular visitors or residents of these areas. 

Quiet Wild is a photojournalism project aimed at revealing images from the back country and lightly traveled areas of several National Parks, state parks and other public lands. The goal is to raise awareness and provide visual documentation of these precious resources. The Community of Life in these locations deserves our care and protection now more than ever. Your generous donations will allow me to journey into these regions for the purpose of introducing you to places you may never see in person in order to preserve them so that your children's children may have the same opportunity to be inspired by our nations quiet wild spaces.  

TOP LOCATION CONTENDERS:

  • Canyonlands National Park, UT
  • Zion National Park, UT
  • Mesa Verde National Park, CO
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND
  • Channel Islands National Park, CA
  • Great Smoky Mountain National Park, NC
  • Big Bend National Park, TX
  • Gila National Forest, NM
  • Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, MI

Budget:

Location choice will be a primary budget driver; however, I am working to keep expenses around $1500 per location. This includes entry, permits, fees, and back country support, where necessary. The rest of the budget will be spent on fulfilling incentives and producing the installation and photo-journal book.

Risks and challenges

Although this project will provide a number of challenges, the risk level for completion is very low. The photo excursions will be undertaken in consecutive back country segments interspersed with base camp contact to resupply and back up photos to a secure drive. I am experienced at solo wilderness journeys and will be fully supported by a base camp for replenishment and safety concerns. The main risk is to the camera equipment and this will be mitigated by insurance to cover repair or replacement of the equipment. In addition, photos will be backed up regularly in the field to protected media for recovery should any loss occur.

The final product will be an installation of photographs, a photo-journal book with writings and poetry, and a website showcasing the project. In addition, prints will be made available through the print on demand web service, Fine Art America. All of this represents work I have experience producing or work that will be professionally produced and so the chances of successful completion are extremely high.

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    HOT OFF THE PRESS: Postcard sent to you FROM the location...be the very first to receive an actual Quiet Wild photograph. This reward will be printed and mailed from the closest post office to the location.
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    You choose one destination! Send me to your favorite National or State Park or other public land. I will include an interview with you in the book and present you with one of each of the other rewards.

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