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Jessica HempelBy Jessica Hempel
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Jessica HempelBy Jessica Hempel
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, January 1 2018 10:34 PM UTC +00:00

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Isle Royale is a remote island in Lake Superior that has no roads and is only accessible by boat or seaplane.  For this reason, only adventurous backpackers and kayakers are able to tour it, making it one of the least-visited national parks in the U.S.  Yet it is renowned for its beauty and attracts repeat visitors from all over the country.  

Last summer I went on a backpacking trip there, and it was a trip I'd been looking forward to for many years.  When I completed the hike, I wanted to purchase a book of professional photos to commemorate the experience, since I hadn't brought my pro camera gear with me on this trip.  But there were no such books.  At the visitor center, there were black and white print books that told the stories of the moose and wolves as well as books about the history of copper mining on the island, but there were no high-quality photo books.

My goal is to make this national park accessible for everyone--even people who aren't able to backpack or kayak for weeks at a time--by creating a beautiful photo book that captures the scenery and wildlife.  

I am requesting funds for travel expenses and for printing the initial batch of books.  I will make these photo books available (and affordable) at visitor centers and online.  Finally, everyone will be able to enjoy the moose, fox, thimbleberries, mountaintop views, and so much more that the island has to offer.

 

Risks and challenges

I plan to take 3 separate week-long tours next year. I will bring 2 sets of equipment in case of gear failure. It's possible that the weather may not cooperate, but I expect to be able to take 3 separate sets of photos from spring, summer, and fall.

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    5 Digital images

    Five digital images from the book

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    10 Postcards

    Ten 5" x 7" full-color postcards, each with a unique Isle Royale photo

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    2019 Wall calendar

    With 12 unique Isle Royale photos

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    Photo book

    8.5" x 11" soft cover photo book with 120 full-color pages

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    - 8.5" x 11" Photo book
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    Gold Package

    - Signed 8.5" x 11" Photo book
    - 30" x 40" Canvas
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    - Two signed 8.5" x 11" photo books
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    Isle Royale Photographic Tour

    - Signed 8.5" x 11" photo book
    - Come to Isle Royale in August 2018 and be a part of the photographic expedition. Includes boat ride to Isle Royale and gear and food for 5 days of backpacking. Must have your own photo gear and be in good condition to walk 10+ miles per day.

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