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By Kristen Meister
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About this project

Freedom.   Escape.   Different.   Amazing.   Exciting.   Unique.   Adventure.

Adventure -- that is what this Kickstarter campaign is all about. We have all wondered what it would be like to put our bill paying, rush hour commuting and errand running life on hold. What it would be like to escape all the little details that can bog down life and go explore, totally liberated.

'Revolutions' is a fine art photography book that searches for a new perspective on the iconic American road trip. The stories and photographs are certain to capture your heart, engage your sense of adventure, and excite your senses.

The front cover of 'Revolutions'
The front cover of 'Revolutions'

“Have you ever considered what it would be like to escape your urban life and explore the open road? If you could press pause on your life, where would you go?" — Kristen Meister, 'Revolutions' 

A few months ago I set out on a journey like none before - a journey to live life as a nomad. I rented a van and drove 3,682 miles through the American southwest.

Unlike most road trips, where you might stop in a hotel, I slept, ate, and lived entirely out of the van. I was liberated, I was untethered from society, and I was free to explore the road ahead. Not knowing what lay ahead, 'Revolutions' depicts that iconic American road trip in a way never seen before - through the stories of the trip and fine art photographs.

A brilliant sunset lights the sky on fire over Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
A brilliant sunset lights the sky on fire over Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

'Revolutions' is the story of letting go and being free - from the preparations to the mis-queues along the route. The name 'Revolutions' comes from the 10 million tire rotations that made up the journey, which became symbolic for cyclical nature of the adventure. With each sunrise, I set out to capture the landscape’s incredible details - from the soft light to the dramatic clouds - all so that I could bring the journey to life.

Stars from the desert sky spin around the mittens in Monument Valley, Arizona / Utah border
Stars from the desert sky spin around the mittens in Monument Valley, Arizona / Utah border

'Revolutions' will expose you to the realities of life on the road - from the spectacular sunsets to the close encounters with dangerous scorpions! Over the past few months, I have painstakingly reviewed all of my artwork to select only the best photographs of the American landscape. 'Revolutions' combines two arts - that of photography and writing - to present a road trip like none other. These adventures - and many more - are told in a beautiful harmony of short stories and photographs.

Late afternoon sun lighting the back of a natural sandstone sculpture in Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Late afternoon sun lighting the back of a natural sandstone sculpture in Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Today I am seeking your help to share the nomad life - to share a visual journey through the American landscape. 'Revolutions' contains the very best photographs, combined with narrative short stories to really bring the images to life.

Turquoise blue waters run through the Narrows in Zion National Park
Turquoise blue waters run through the Narrows in Zion National Park

 

Through the stories contained in 'Revolutions', you will join me for the most incredible hikes and brilliant sunsets - all with a touch of humor and light-hearted sarcasm. 

This is no ordinary travel or photography book; it is a documentary of adventure. By the end of 'Revolutions', you will be packing your bags, itching to load your car and set off down the road to explore the unknown.

A portion of the Pacific Coast Highway leading from San Francisco to Los Angeles, California
A portion of the Pacific Coast Highway leading from San Francisco to Los Angeles, California

 

A small stone resting on the fire red rocks which give their name to Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
A small stone resting on the fire red rocks which give their name to Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

 

 'Revolutions' is complete - I have produced a final version of the book, and it is ready for production with your help. 

This book is a work of art, so I have carefully selected every element of the final book. The final book contains 160 full color pages and is printed by a professional high-resolution publishing company on a heavy weight semi-gloss paper. 

I will also be personally signing every copy of 'Revolutions' purchased through the campaign, and am offering additional bonus rewards - like metal prints, e-books, and fine art prints from the journey. 

All supporters of the campaign will also be given access to a special “behind-the-scenes” website where you can see additional photos and stories from the road - plus you can submit your questions about the adventure online.

Winter sun highlights the bare branches of trees in Zion National Park, Utah
Winter sun highlights the bare branches of trees in Zion National Park, Utah

 

Looking through the windows of an abandoned home in the former mining village of Rhyolite, Nevada
Looking through the windows of an abandoned home in the former mining village of Rhyolite, Nevada

 

'Revolutions' was, in many ways, written during the course of the journey. Each night, I would jot detailed notes from the day into a small notebook; these notes became the basis for the story. 

Over the past few months, I have worked with renowned writers and publishers to prepare several versions of this text. The final book is complete, with all manuscripts and editing completely finished. The only thing left to do is to mass print several hundred copies of the book for distribution.

 

 

My fundraising goal covers the cost to offset print several hundred copies of 'Revolutions', which is the only way to make the book affordable. Since the production of the book is complete, a successful campaign will start the printing immediately, and I intend to distribute all rewards this fall. 

Artists do not rush great work, and that is certainly true with this book - it has taken over six months of work to complete the final manuscript. The love I have poured into this project makes the book a true work of art - something you will want to share with friends and family. 

  • Format: 8x10 inches / 20x25 centimeters
  • Hand signed by the artist and author, Kristen Meister
  • Hardcover
  • Glossy dust jacket
  • 160 pages of high resolution printing
  • Semi-matte 80# paper with perfect sheen
  • English language
  • Interactive book preview
Grab your hiking books and strap in for an adventure with 'Revolutions'
Grab your hiking books and strap in for an adventure with 'Revolutions'

 

Behind-the-Scenes Access

Join the adventure and get a look at content not seen inside the book - a special access only afforded to supporters of the Kickstarter and purchasers of the book! You will receive a password to access the secret Behind-the-Scenes page on Scenic Traverse Photography, where you can explore photos of the van and read more stories from the road. And post a question for Kristen to answer!

Revolutions e-Book

The e-Book version of 'Revolutions' is the same as the print one - just without the whole book part. The e-Book is a great way to experience the adventure; get a copy for yourself and a friend! e-Books will be digitally distributed and require a computer, tablet, or smart phone to view. 

Signed Revolutions Book

This is the project, plain and simple. Feel the story come to life in your hands. 'Revolutions' will look great in any library or collection - maybe even on that coffee table! All copies of the book purchased through Kickstarter will be hand signed by the author, adding a special and intimate touch to the final work.

Fine Art Print

With every purchase of the 'Revolutions' signed book, you will receive a fine art print of a photograph from the trip. Prints will be professionally produced, ensuring maximum quality on high resolution paper. You will certainly want to find this print a place of honor in your home!

11x17 Metal Print

Available to backers of the Explorer Package, you can select an image from the book to have printed on metal and shipped to your home. Metal prints are durable, stylish, and an eye-catching way to display fine art photography. The 11x17 inch size is perfect for displaying in almost any location, and will certainly be cherished by any collector of photography. Kristen will contact you after the campaign to assist with selecting the print of your choice. Metal prints will ship separately from the book.

 Can I Get More Copies of Revolutions? Or Add the e-Book?

Of course! To add an extra copy of 'Revolutions' (or 2) or the e-Book, follow these steps:

  • Pledge for the Adventure or Explorer Package and complete the pledge process
  • Go back to the Revolutions Kickstarter Page and press Manager Your Pledge Button. If you have not pledged yet, it will say "Back this Project".
  • Increase your Pledge Amount box by the total of the add-ons you wish to add.
  • An extra copy of 'Revolutions' is $50/each. So if you purchased at the Adventure or Explorer package level, add $50 per book to your total pledge.
  • An add-on of the 'Revolutions' e-Book is $20. So if you purchased at the Adventure or Explorer package level, add $20 for the e-Book to your total pledge.
  • Do not change your pledge tier unless you also want to increase it. You will then need to add the total of your add-ons to the amount of the new tier you choose. 

At the end of the Kickstarter campaign, you will receive a survey that will ask you some questions, including specifying which add-ons you want. You do not need to include additional shipping and handling for add-on items.

Note: All add-ons require a base pledge at the Explorer or Adventure base package.

'Revolutions' e-Book for iPad and other mobile devices
'Revolutions' e-Book for iPad and other mobile devices

 

The reality is that the number of independent bookstores is dwindling, and publishers to take on small fine art projects like 'Revolutions' are in short supply. Artists and authors today are turning to crowd funding as a way of keeping the art of printed books alive and thriving, which is why I am seeking your help!

If you are interested in travel stories, photography, nature and wilderness, or have a sense of adventure, then please consider supporting this campaign to keep the art of photography and writing alive and well!

I realize there are many ways to choose to spend your money, and I appreciate your support of this campaign - to keep the arts alive - and to inspire your next journey. You are going to love 'Revolutions,' and it will be a fantastic addition to any private collection or coffee table. Thanks for your support.

Thank you very much!

Kristen Meister, photographer and author of 'Revolutions'
Kristen Meister, photographer and author of 'Revolutions'

 

Kristen is an award winning and internationally published landscape photographer. Winner of the 2014 Vincent Versace Award for Photographic Excellence, her work has been featured in magazines, on television, and in forums around the world. She also authors a blog and has been asked to guest write for a number of renown photography websites.

Kristen's work can be viewed at www.ScenicTraverse.com

Risks and challenges

AThe book has already been produced and proofed, so all that is left is to raise the funds for printing and mailing.

The only source of delays for the completion of the project would be if there was an issue with the printing and publishing company; however, they are a large company with years of experience, and I have no reason to suspect they will disappoint!

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