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"One Mahogany Left Standing" is a photographic project on the Maya Lacandon in Chiapas, Mexico - soon to be published as a monograph.
"One Mahogany Left Standing" is a photographic project on the Maya Lacandon in Chiapas, Mexico - soon to be published as a monograph.
93 backers pledged $10,701 to help bring this project to life.

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Cultural and environmental changes are swirling around the village of Naha in southern Mexico. Now that the mahogany forests have been logged throughout the land, the wood that their boats are made of is gone... but the spirit of the Lacandon is still strong in the wake of these changes.

This book has been in my mind's eye for some time. Spending extended periods in Naha strengthened me in what is in the present. I am immersed in working on the images of the Maya for this book and an exhibition at Blue Sky Gallery. The hardbound book will be produced in a small edition of 300, made with the utmost care, combining black and white imagery with journal entries from my time there.

I write in my journal

"I camp alone in the woods and it is so terribly hot today…even the dogs don’t visit…hearing a cry of a Toucan way up in the tree. The creek so low…a trickle…and I worry…for the Maya need rain for their corn. This morning the child Chan K’in came before dawn and lit his way with achote (a stick of resin set to fire used as a torch in the dark) Such a beautiful way we start the day… It is black under the canopy…we relax together in the hammock…I keep nodding out…so close still to my sleep. It’s five in the morning and I make coffee over the open fire…then we leave for the hike to the lagoon . I photograph what people are unable to see…expose people to what they would not look at".

"I wish you the best luck, your photographs are haunting”. 

                                                                     - Isabel Allende

These are some of the images in the book that are available as a "reward":

Boy with Bird
Boy with Bird
Baby Boy
Baby Boy
Boy with Aunt
Boy with Aunt
Angel
Angel
Morning Fog
Morning Fog

Risks and challenges

I am working on this project almost every moment of my waking hours...and dream hours too. This project is so close to my being that I do not waiver and I know I am able to come out with a wonderful book.

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    I will send you a postcard with an image from the book "One Mahogany Left Standing" with my sincere thanks for your support!

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    You will receive a set of 4 postcards of images from "One Mahogany Left Standing" hand-worked by me. I will leave the back of cards blank so you are able to save the images for yourself or send them out to friends.

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    You will receive a beautiful signed hard bound copy of "One Mahogany Left Standing", which will be part of a small edition of only 300. The books will be printed in Iceland. Your name will be listed in the back as a generous supporter. You will also receive an 8 x10 print of the image of your choice (5 choices at left), darkroom printed and signed by me on Ilford fiber-based paper, and selenium-toned for archival purposes.

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    You will receive a beautiful signed hard bound copy of "One Mahogany Left Standing", which will be part of a small edition of only 300. The books will be printed in Iceland. Your name will be listed in the back as a generous supporter. You will also receive an 11 x14 print of the image of your choice (5 choices at left), darkroom printed and signed by me on Ilford fiber-based paper, and selenium-toned for archival purposes.

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    You will receive a beautiful signed hard bound copy of "One Mahogany Left Standing", which will be part of a small edition of only 300. The books will be printed in Iceland. Your name will be listed in the back as a generous supporter. You will also receive an 11 x14 print of the image of your choice (5 choices at left), darkroom printed and signed by me on Ilford fiber-based paper, and selenium-toned for archival purposes.

    You will also be invited to a celebratory dinner at a Portland, Oregon restaurant before the opening of "One Mahogony Left Standing" at Blue Sky Gallery on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014. (out-of-town travel expenses not included!)

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    You will receive a beautiful signed hard bound copy of "One Mahogany Left Standing", which will be part of a small edition of only 300. The books will be printed in Iceland. Your name will be listed in the back as a generous supporter. You will also receive an 11 x14 print of the image of your choice (5 choices at left), darkroom printed and signed by me on Ilford fiber-based paper, and selenium-toned for archival purposes. You will also be invited to a celebratory dinner at a Portland, Oregon restaurant before the opening of "One Mahogony Left Standing" at Blue Sky Gallery on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014. (out-of-town travel expenses not included!) At this level, I will also arrange a photographic portrait session: you, your family, and/or your animal family members! (out-of-town travel expenses not included!) Please see my personal website for range of photographic work: www.carolyarrow.com

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