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This is a fine art book of short essays and photos of ocean waves taken from Block Island, Rhode Island, USA.
This is a fine art book of short essays and photos of ocean waves taken from Block Island, Rhode Island, USA.
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I have been a professional photographer on Block Island for seven years.   I have written and designed a book with short reflections and stories and some of my best and most popular images of waves, all taken here on the island.

My wildest dream is that "Waves: Living with the Ocean on Block Island" will be a photographic reminder of "A Gift from the Sea", refreshing people's lives, giving them a tool to reflect on what is hopeful, balanced, clean, empowering and beautiful in their own experience. 

"Waves:  Living with the Ocean on Block Island" will be a fine art book, approximately 3.5 inches high and 8 inches long.  It will be printed on beautiful paper, with french folding, sewn binding and a cloth hard cover.  Images will be in color.  It is important that the book be finely crafted, which accounts for much of its cost.   I am committing my own funds to the publication of this book, but this grant will enable me to increase the number of books I can print, dramatically decreasing unit costs and making each book more affordable.  Any money in excess of the requested grant will go to advertising, additional copies, and a broader marketing and distribution reach.  

The printer I have selected, Meridian Printing in East Greenwich, RI, supports the need for sustainable resources and has completed a rigorous certification process to become a printer with Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Certification.  100% of the emissions of the electricity used to operate its facility are offset with credits from certified wind power energy.  The use of wind power energy, organic inks and FSC certified papers are some of the ways they demonstrate their commitment to the environment.

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    You will be part of a project to bring the beauty of the ocean into people's lives. I do not underestimate the power of good wishes, and every bit of participation is much appreciated.

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    Three beautiful screen saver images of my photographs of ocean waves, different from those in the book, but taken on Block Island and emailed to you with my thanks.

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    Same as above, plus an autographed copy of "Waves: Living with the Ocean on Block Island".

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    An copy of the book, autographed specifically to you and a giclee print of "Jim's Wild Horses" . You can see it on my website. The size is 14.75" x 7.75".

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    A copy of the book autographed specifically to you, and a larger signed, giclee print (18" x 12") of "Dark and Stormy".

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    A skype consultation all about your photographic endeavors. (In the US, we could do a phone consultation instead if you prefer.) We can talk about the cameras I use (and a little about others) as well as other equipment, printing, materials, sources, composition, subjects, matting and framing, photoshop, whatever interests you. I can review your work and give suggestions, assist you in preparing your work for printing. We could have an initial conversation by October, and work together in scheduled subsequent sessions for up to a total of 4 hours. I would also send you a personalized, autographed copy of the book.

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    Consultation as described above, plus I could make a print of your work for you using my art quality materials (Epson Stylus Pro 7800 printer, archival inks, fine art mat papers or canvas), in any size up to 40" by 20". Sessions would be scheduled as described above, and the delivery date for your print would be based on your timing at the conclusion of your project. I would also send you a personalized, autographed copy of the book when I send you your print.

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    Pledge $600 or more About $600

    Two copies of the book autographed as you indicate, and your choice of a signed giclee print from my website up to the 19" x 29" size. Images in this size are numbered, limited edition prints. I have a number of beautiful images in this size, including "Amy's Wave", "Cathy's Wave", "Old Black Water" and "She Makes Lace." You could also choose a number of smaller images to create the same value.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Five copies of the book, personalized as you indicate, and your print will be a signed, numbered, limited edition, giclee print up to the 20' by 40" size. You will be able to choose from these images in my website: "Power", "Remembering Dad", "The Edge of the Ocean", "Our Town", "The Sea is Stormy, Dark and Deep." You can also choose a number of smaller images to create the same value.

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Come to Block Island! Please come and be our guest at our home for three nights. You and your guest will have a separate apartment in our beautiful, welcoming home with views of the ocean. I will take you on a photo tour each day, provide individual instruction and consult with you on your photographs. You will leave with a print or prints of your own work. You will have much hospitality from me and most notably, from our two golden retrievers. Your apartment will be stocked with breakfast and lunch items and you will be welcomed to join us for dinner each night. We will talk together about the best time to take the kind of photos you like and will schedule your visit between September 2012 and May 2013. There are a very limited number of these visits available in order to be sure that you have choices as to scheduling. If weather interferes with ferry operations we will reschedule for the fall of 2013. You will also have five copies of the book, autographed as you specify.

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