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Bring your photography into new directions. A set of cards in a beautiful box with a photo on one side and a creative idea on the back.
Bring your photography into new directions. A set of cards in a beautiful box with a photo on one side and a creative idea on the back.
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For 20 years I have been teaching a landscape photography workshop called "A Natural Eye", and for over half a dozen years I led National Geographic seminars on "The Art of Nature Photography". I continue to witness people buried in what they are told they need to know: All the technical stuff about cameras and the software, while hungry for ideas on seeing and bringing their vision into a finished image. The Photo Cards came out of this.

Late one evening I made a dozen cards, each with an image on one side and an idea on the other. I passed them out at the next workshop, and people ate them up. They wanted more. Years later, I am going to press!

I have worked hard at organizing the cards. There are 6 categories under SEE: Perspective, Layers, Movement, Visualize, Interpret, and Essence; 6 categories under THINK: Basic Skills, Light, Tools, Focus, Compose, and Fine Tune; and 15 DO cards offering reflective advice.

Whether you want to break into new ways of making a photograph, or look to gain a better understanding of light, composition, and fine-tuning images, or perhaps you are stuck and want to jump start the way you see the world, or simply want to leisurely look through the box of images, I hope the Photo Cards will take you on an important and fun journey.

I hope the SEE THINK DO cards will become an important contribution to photography education, and I also see them as a beautiful box of jewels. In today's world where most photographs will remain on hard drives, never to see the light of day, I wanted to make something you could hold, think about, and hang out with.

I am working with my favorite designer, Tim Bruce of lowercase, inc out of Chicago, and an amazing printer in Vancouver, Blanchette Press. The box measures 6 inches by 4 3/8 inches by 1 inch, and will hold 144 cards in 2 stacks. The cards are 4 inches by 2 5/8 inches.

Box Prototype and Cover Design
Box Prototype and Cover Design

I truly appreciate your support. The funding I am asking for is going entirely to the printing of the Photo Cards. It will not cover all the costs, and for that reason will cross my fingers that we exceed our goal.

I had a lot of fun thinking about the rewards. I have a strong past in darkroom and photographic printing, have produced a book, educational DVD, an online video series, and have mentored students through the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Everything I have delved into is being offered as a reward. The images below are part of the rewards options.

"Edge of Light" Series Print Reward - Each 12 by 8 inches
"Edge of Light" Series Print Reward - Each 12 by 8 inches

 

Return of Light Series Print Rewards - Each 12 by 8 inches
Return of Light Series Print Rewards - Each 12 by 8 inches

 

Shoji Series Print Reward - Each 12 by 8 inches
Shoji Series Print Reward - Each 12 by 8 inches

 

Flight - 20 by 13 inches
Flight - 20 by 13 inches

 

Bruma Dorada - 20 by 13 inches
Bruma Dorada - 20 by 13 inches

 

Intrigue - 5 1/2 by 7 inches
Intrigue - 5 1/2 by 7 inches

 

Sculpted Tree - 5 1/2 by 7 inches
Sculpted Tree - 5 1/2 by 7 inches

 

I am a photographer, teacher, and storyteller committed to opening our eyes to the natural world. I have taught photography and creativity for National Geographic and leading photographic institutions and schools around the world. I received the Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award presented by the Santa Fe Center for Photography, and recently Photo District News named me one of America's best photography workshop teachers. My book, "One Thousand Moons", was published in 2004, the dvd, "A Natural Eye Workshop", in 2009, and "A Natural Eye" video series in 2015.

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The ball is rolling, and I am committed to bringing this project into the world. The final designs are finished by lowercase, inc. and I have scheduled the printing with Blanchette Press. We are hoping to have the cards at the beginning of February, and shipping by the middle of the month.

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    3 Postcards

    Images will be from the Photo Card series. 5X7 inches.

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    "One Thousand Moons"

    I will sign and send you a copy of my book, "One Thousand Moons". This is my celebration of the natural world with 77 images and 21 essays. First edition.

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    SEE THINK DO Photo Cards

    The boxed set of 144 cards.

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    SEE THINK DO Photo Cards & Book

    The boxed set of 144 cards, and a signed copy of "One Thousand Moons" (77 images and 21 essays). Shipped separately.

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    Photo Cards & 2 Educational Series

    Save $50! I will send the boxed Photo Cards and the Natural Eye Workshop DVD (retails for $39.95), and access to the Natural Eye Workshop Foundation series on Vimeo (retails for $49.95).

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    2 sets of Photo Cards

    Two boxed sets of Photo Cards.

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    Mentoring Session & The Photo Cards

    I have been mentoring with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops for many years, and it has been a great way to move your photography forward. We will set up one hour on Skype or phone and talk about up to 20 images you send me ahead of time. We can talk about general questions, specific ideas, and/or any projects you are working on. Plus I will send you a boxed set of the Photo Cards. I will ship the cards in February, and you and I will find a time that works best for the review. The review needs to be completed by June 30, 2017.

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    Edge of Light Prints & The Photo Cards

    Three prints from the "Edge of Light" series shown here on Kickstarter, sized to 12 by 8 inches on 13 by 10 inch archival paper, plus you will receive the boxed set of Photo Cards.

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    Return of Light Prints & The Photo Cards

    Three prints from the "Return of Light" series shown here on Kickstarter, sized to 12 by 8 inches on 13 by 10 inch archival paper, plus you will receive the boxed set of Photo Cards.

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    Shoji Prints & The Photo Cards

    Three prints from the "Shoji" series shown here on Kickstarter, sized to 12 by 8 inches on 13 by 10 inch archival paper, plus you will receive the boxed set of Photo Cards.

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    "Flight" & The Photo Cards

    A brand new image! A 20 by 13 inch print on 22 by 17 inch archival paper. This includes a boxed set of the Photo Cards which will be shipped separately.

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    "Bruma Dorada" & The Photo Cards

    A 20 by 13 inch print on 22 by 17 inch archival paper. This includes a boxed set of the Photo Cards which will be shipped separately.

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    "Intrigue" (#4/25) & The Photo Cards

    For several years I worked on a series of photogravures. The process involved making an intaglio plate, inking the plate, and then hand-pulling the print on a printmaking press. Intrigue is part of an edition of 25 and measures 5 1/2 by 7 inches, and is matted in 8-ply acid free 16 by 20 inch white mat board. This includes a boxed set of the Photo Cards which will be shipped separately.

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    "Sculpted Tree" (#14/25) & Photo Cards

    For several years I worked on a series of photogravures. The process involved making an intaglio plate, inking the plate, and then hand-pulling the print on a printmaking press. "Sculpted Tree" is part of an edition of 25 and measures 5 1/2 by 7 inches, and is matted in 8-ply acid free 16 by 20 inch white mat board. This includes a boxed set of the Photo Cards which will be shipped separately.

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