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The "Faces of Grayson" project is a photo book featuring portraits of the wild ponies that roam the wilds of the Grayson Highlands.
The "Faces of Grayson" project is a photo book featuring portraits of the wild ponies that roam the wilds of the Grayson Highlands.
The "Faces of Grayson" project is a photo book featuring portraits of the wild ponies that roam the wilds of the Grayson Highlands.
145 backers pledged $7,115 to help bring this project to life.

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Faces of Grayson: A photo book of wild ponies

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The Appalachian Trail runs through 14 states and takes the adventurous soul on a 2,181 mile journey through some of the most beautiful country in America. The AT crosses the Grayson Highlands of Virginia just north of the Roan Highlands and around the 500 mile mark from it's genesis at Springer Mountain in Georgia. 

The late evening sun on the AT in Grayson
The late evening sun on the AT in Grayson

There's something magical about this leg of the AT. It's different, unordinary . There are wild ponies. These feral horses survive on the rugged balds of the Highlands and range freely among the crags and draws along the trail. 

These horses are robust, wild, and as uniquely individual as any human. It became my goal to photograph these wonderful creatures in a style of portraiture. 

"Faces of Grayson" is an ambitious undertaking. Still, my hope is to bring the extraordinary individuality of these truly amazing ponies to you. Their faces, their personalities, their souls...shown to you in photographs which exhibit their resilience. 

At the time this campaign begins I am about to embark on my fifth expedition into Grayson to photograph the ponies in their winter ranges. I hope you will choose to be a part of this project and take a visual stroll alongside the wild ponies of the Grayson Highlands. 

Life with the herd
Life with the herd

 **The ponies I photograph are not accosted, baited, or otherwise bothered. It is incredibly important that my backers(and anyone else) know that the closeness I achieve to the ponies is a product of spending days at a time with the herd. They are imaged in their natural environment free of impediment. It's just me, a camera, and the will to bring their lives to you.** 

Risks and challenges

Keep in mind, this area is a wilderness. Conditions change extraordinarily quickly. I will do my damnest to have your copy of "Faces of Grayson" delivered in early 2018. Still, things being unpredictable, I must tell you that the possibility still exists for delays. I will update all of my backers if delays(hopefully none) arise. Any and all rewards are handled by me and me alone, just like this book. Being as such I will do everything in my power to get those bonus items out to my supporters at the same time as their copy of "Faces of Grayson" arrive.

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    Cool Just to be Cool Award

    Are you one of those incredible rare types who feels good just knowing that you help people? Well, let me tell you, every little bit helps with this project. Even if you don't want to receive the book, every pledge of $2 or more will receive three backgrounds suitable for desktop or mobile use. These will be images from the Grayson Highlands and ponies, chosen at random.

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    Signed copy of Faces of Grayson

    This is the core of the project, the book itself. For $40 you will receive a one of a kind copy of Face's of Grayson, signed by me, accompanied by my genuine appreciation and the knowledge that you helped create something special.

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    Print+Signed Copy of Faces of Grayson

    Receive a free signed 8x12 inch photograph featuring the wild ponies of the Grayson Highlands along with a signed copy of Faces of Grayson.

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    Calendar+Signed Copy of Faces of Grayson

    Receive a signed 2018 calendar featuring the wild ponies of the Grayson Highlands along with a signed copy of Faces of Grayson. The calendar will feature images from the Faces of Grayson photo book along with some extras :)

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