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A book of stunning nature photographs by at-risk teens on journeys of empowerment in America's national parks.

Frederic, WI Photography
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STRETCH GOAL OF $12,500! If our project receives $12,500 by the deadline, ALL backers who have pledged $50 or more at any time in the campaign will now also receive a beautifully designed, limited edition In A New Light t-shirt in a size of your choice! We’ll contact you for size requests. 4 days left! 

 UPDATE 1/3/2013:  We did it!!YOU did it! Our project has reached its $10,000 goal with 4 days to spare. We can't thank our backers enough for making this book possible and bringing our youths’ art to the world.  THANK YOU!

UPDATE 12/28/2012:  We're thrilled and honored to report that In A New Light and this Kickstarter project have just been featured on fstoppers.com, one of the world's premier photography blogs. CLICK HERE to see the post, and spread the word! Thanks so much! 

In A New Light is about hope. It's about strength. It's about immersing at-risk youth in nature photography and empowering them to discover potential within themselves they could never have dreamed possible. Our teens have achieved an astonishing level of artistry, and their photographs - and stories - need to be shared with the world.  To do this, we’re creating an 80-page, 8.5”x11” hardcover coffee table book filled with stunning photos and moving written reflections created by the young men and women at Northwest Passage over the course of their journeys to six national parks.  We want these books to fill bookstores and homes around the country at a price that people can afford.  However, publishing a book is very expensive.  That’s why we need your help. 

"Badlands Sunrise" by Diamonte, 17.  Badlands National Park.
"Badlands Sunrise" by Diamonte, 17. Badlands National Park.

About In a New Light

In a New Light is therapeutic program that emphasizes skilled photography training and nature immersion.  It's centered at Northwest Passage, a non-profit residential youth mental health treatment facility in Wisconsin. In A New Light is conducted in partnership with the National Park Service and has received  prior funding from the National Park Foundation. Since In A New Light's inception in 2010, artistic results have been no less than astonishing. Our youths' artwork has been featured in books, films, and witnessed by over 500,000 people at over 30 exhibitions around the United States. However, here, success is measured not in accolades, but in personal transformation. Hundreds of youth have left Northwest Passage with a new belief in their own potential, a set of refined artistic skills, and a connection to nature from which they will draw strength for the rest of their lives. 

Michael, 16, writes " I am a troubled young man who has a strong desire to change my life.  Photography puts me in my happy place. The minute I pick up my camera nothing else matters any more, it’s like I’m in a completely different world where I’m free from every thing that troubles me."

Through its partnership with the National Park Service, In a New Light brought youth on epic photography expeditions to six national parks:  Yellowstone, Isle Royale, Badlands, Rocky Mountain, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and our home base, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.  This book will feature photos from all of these locations. 

"The Green Beetle" by Jourdyn, 17.  St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
"The Green Beetle" by Jourdyn, 17. St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
Clayton, 16, captures a sunrise in the Badlands.
Clayton, 16, captures a sunrise in the Badlands.

Why do we need your help?

In A New Light aims to not only transform the way these kids see themselves, but also to transform the way that the world sees them.  It's our mission to give our youth a voice, empowering them to share with the world that they are capable of amazing things and supremely worthy of our investment in their lives.  It's about harnessing the power of art and nature to confront and transcend the stigmas of mental illness, trauma, and marginalization.  The In A New Light program has published books in the past.  While the books have been beautiful and well-received, few have seen them because we've been unable to print them at a cost that most can afford.  We need your help to offset printing costs so that we can get books into peoples' hands at a reasonable price.  (Your contribution will also enable us to send several copies of the book to each of the 40 participants who will be featured in it).  The book made possible by this campaign will give unprecedented power to the voices of our youth.  The kids have invested everything into their photography and their healing.  They have literally climbed mountains to bring us these photographs.  Help us create this book to honor their inspiring journeys.  

Willie, 13
Willie, 13
"Standing Strong" by Michael, 16.  Isle Royale National Park.
"Standing Strong" by Michael, 16. Isle Royale National Park.
     

Clayton, 17, writes, "My name is Clayton. I am a young Native American from Lac Court Oreilles ,WI. I use to be a menace to my society. But now that I’m taking pictures, my chance for success is much greater because I can help my community out and show the world anyone can change. I hope that when others see my work it can inspire them to change and let them know that there is a better life out there for them then hanging in the streets."

"The Waterfall" by Jessie, 16.  Yellowstone National Park.
"The Waterfall" by Jessie, 16. Yellowstone National Park.

Bobby, reflecting on his photo of an eagle taking flight, writes:

Taking flight is like a jump of hope.
Flying to do other things.
Flying is a part of life
but it's the easy part.
Taking off is hard.

Risks and challenges

Any project of this magnitude comes with risks, but here at Northwest Passage, we are adept at assessing and managing risks, and we are accustomed to people counting on us. It's what we do. In terms of this book project, we've published high-quality photography books in the past, so we are very familiar with the process. While we are working with a new printing company for this book, early communications have been excellent and we are confident that this company will be easy to work with and the final product will be delivered on time and to highest standards of quality.

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    15 backers

    Thank you for joining the mission! You'll recieve a beautiful 4"x6" In A New Light print and a thank you email.

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    All of the above, plus a gorgeous 8"x10" In a New Light print in archival matting, along with a photo and biography of the young artist.

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    All of the above, plus you'll get a copy of the book! AND . . . your name will be listed in the book as a project supporter!

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    16 backers

    All of the above, plus your copy of the book will now also include personalized, signed notes from some of the young photographers. You'll also receive a DVD that includes the video showcased on this page, as well as a video of In a New Light participants reflecting on their experiences of healing through photography.

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    All of the above, plus a 16x20 In a New Light photo of your choice professionally framed in a handmade walnut frame.

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    All of the above, plus your name will be immortalized on Northwest Passage's "Giving Wall" at our building in Webster, WI, listing you a special supporter of Northwest Passage. (We'll be sure to send you a photo of your name on our wall.)

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    All of the above, plus a one-day guided photo excursion anywhere within 200 miles of Webster, WI with In a New Light program leader Ben Thwaits! Learn the secrets of the In a New Light photography method and unleash your own creative power with a camera! We'll provide the gear. You must supply your own travel to and from the photography site.

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    Walk in the steps of the In a New Light photographers! At this gift level, In a New Light program leader Ben Thwaits would be honored to guide you and a companion on a 4-day photography excursion to any of the national parks photographed for this project. Food and lodging included. This includes Yellowstone, Badlands, Rocky Mountain, Isle Royale, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, or Apostle Islands. A true trip of a lifetime! We'll supply the gear. You must cover your travel expenses to and from the national park.

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