“In wildness is the preservation of the world.”—Henry David Thoreau
We are going to visit most of the National Parks in 2-3 months, interview and photograph the rangers and their parks, make art on the road, then compile it all into a art-photo book. We'll donate a portion of each book sold to the PAMS Foundation in Tanzania, who support rangers at the forefront of conservation.
To create a connection between rangers the world over and a passion for and awareness of the importance of stewardship worldwide via the National Park Rangers.
Why Are We doing this?
Climate Change, exploitation of land, animals, and resources, as well as diminished habitat are all realities. Visibility and Awareness is urgent and important. Let's all DO Something for Wildness. The problem is now. If we all contribute just a little, and the word gets out and spreads, well then, we have done something!
'Be the Change you Want to See in the World' -Mahatma Gandhi.
Why, if we are successful, does a portion of book sales go to Tanzania?
This book is making a connection between rangers WORLDWIDE. It's also an effort to give back to the many rangers the world over. Tanzania is the birthplace of the African game ranger and the safari destination of the world. YES. A remarkable 40% of its land has been set aside for conservation. Oh, and it's home to the Serengeti National Park. The PAMS Foundation is there, supporting rangers at the forefront of conservation. !!
We've asked for the minimum amount we need to get our work-of-art book adequately edited, printed, published,distributed and marketed GLOBALLY and Online. This is important; our book is to tie us all together as stewards of this planet. The more funds we raise, the more expansive our book will get and the longer we can stay out in the Wildness collecting material for the project.
Hand-Signed by us, Archival, AND Limited-Edition quality, killer Prints, WHAA??!!! :) Plus, lots more.
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The US National Parks...an idea manifested. Our destiny as a tribe, our tribe, that has set our minds to liberty and equality. Large tracts of gorgeous geographical wonderland set aside. The parks are where one can experience wilderness; they are the battlegrounds for conservation. The parks not only inspire and awe but also represent our most radical notion as a people: democracy. This project is an exploration of the connection between humans and nature, government and wilderness. Historian David Duncan put it so well, “Do we have a memory, as a species, when we weren't disconnected from the natural world?”
We believe not.
National parks are for everyone. They provide an magnificent place for us to retreat and to restore ourselves. This is necessary to our species survival, to our wholeness and well-being.
Nature allows us to reflect on a past, that although may not have been pleasant, had some good come out of it. It has been said that the establishment of a park is only the beginning, in truth, we should never stop establishing wild places, learning about them and in turn, about ourselves.
If it wasn't for National Parks, here in the US and internationally, the web of life may have already been permanently undone. The UN reported that climate change is leading to the warming of Earth and they've made it very clear that climate change is caused by human actions. Thus, mankind is linked in our responsibility. Rangers are at the helm of this endeavor.
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” —John Muir
Internationally, one of the largest problems in wildlife preserves and national parks, is lack of rangers.
- Without rangers, land and animals are exploited.
- Nature reserves are cheaper and more efficient at reducing CO2 levels than replanting forests.
- Furthermore, parks and reserves provide great tourism draws, boost their home country's economy and provide fulfilling jobs.
We would like to share what we learn from the people that steward these magnificent preserves:
We plan on interviewing and photographing US National Park Rangers from each park and compiling their tales into a collective story, a snapshot of our stance as a culture, a tribe, today, in regards to our country's best idea, the National Parks.
We will produce a full-color photo/essay/art book and accompanying website. The title: Something for Wildness. Inside will be landscape shots we discover at the end of long hikes, as well as fine, close-up portraits of the park rangers we interview. Excerpts from these interviews will be included with the ranger's portrait as well as his or her favorite spot in the park. Alongside each landscape photograph will be a designer QR code that links to an interactive map with elevation, lat/long coordinates and more as well as the website: www.SomethingForWildness.com. The book will also be interspersed with original art I've done along the journey. We plan on being on the road for a few months to complete this project and the more we raise here the longer we can stay out in the Wildness, interviewing and collecting for our book. Once the book is finished, a portion of book sales will go to the PAMS Foundation: www.pamsfoundation.org. The PAMS Foundation is a not-for-profit conservation organization registered in Tanzania, that helps conserve biodiversity, habitats and ecological processes through actions that benefit nature and communities.The PAMS Foundation recently won the bid to host the 7th World Rangers Congress in Tanzania in 2012. They are partners of the Wildlife Conservation Society, member of the International Ranger Federation and are actively supporting rangers at the forefront of conservation. Please read more about this amazing organization and how you can help preserve biodiversity the world over at our website:www.SomethingForWildness.com.
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Where does our inspiration come from? To us, going to the wilderness, to the wildness, is going home...
National Parks aren't simply rec areas or zoos. As Paul Schullery wrote,
“we seek to save the whole creeping, flying, grazing, preying, photosynthesizing, eroding, raining, erupting, evolving scene. Call it wildness, or naturalness, or an ecosystem, or whatever you like, it is this entangled collection of processes that we must save...In short, it means a revolution in the way we appreciate nature. We as a nation have decided that here, in these precious, rare places, we shall give nature a little more room to make its choices.”
So besides saving the world, what do you get?
Rewards range from limited-edition prints of our photos and my artwork, to your name as a supporter on our website, to a limited number of handcrafted park-inspired jewelry pieces to...
...and this is ridiculous, we will make a small photo statuette of you, your dog, your grandmother, and place it atop some epic vista and photograph it. Then we'll add whatever you want to say to it: be it 'Happy Birthday', 'good luck', 'Marry me'! We'll put it on our website and send you the print 8x10” print, of course, as well as your fabulous statuette that has been to every National Park with us! You can re-use the statuette to place atop a cake or whateves! It's mounted to white acrylic with a small base for mounting. DEADLINE on this one!: MAY 4TH. You MUST get your photo to me before May 4th or this reward cannot be fulfilled. We are leaving soon and I need time to process your photo into a statuette and pack it with me on our trip! To ensure your reward gets done, support us and send the pic in now! (Also, in regards to the photo, avoid extending the item/person off the picture and leave ¼' at the bottom for the base.) Crazy special!!
Ok, we also have quality soft and hard cover signed editions of the book that you will get before anyone else and I will also have a few piece of original art.
As a kid, I certainly imagined what it would be like to be a park ranger...I would like to quote an excerpt from a paper written by an 11 year old child: Ramona Leanna Watson from Flint, Michigan who was a winner for the National Park Foundation Junior Ranger essay,
“National Parks, the Icing on the Cake
National Parks are important because they help us remember who we were, who we are, and who we will be. These beautiful places help us remember what we’ve already done, and what we need to accomplish to make life better for our future generations. These wonderful historic places help us to understand the diversity of our country and how it came to be...National Parks are like pages of a scrapbook that give us good and bad memories of our land, our culture, our diversity and our being...National Parks are the icing on the cake, the chocolate chips in the cookies, the pepperoni on the pizza. We must fight for what we are most truly devoted to and show what being a country truly is. National Parks are important and we must show that they are. We are a Nation and we must show it through our National Parks. Only then can we really know who we were, are, and will become.”
Preservation of biodiversity rings true within everyone and is connected to the spirit of this diverse land, as and this big, fabulously diverse project. I've been wanting to incorporate my art, photography, love of people, studies in anthropology and sense of adventure into a valuable and righteous and sacred project for years. Our book is about creating awareness and compassion. And we finally have the opportunity.
Some Great quotes for you to love:
“The national parks...should be looked upon as open books of nature, repositories of knowledge, on which every plant, herb, tree, animal, bird, insect and reptile forms a page....Life histories, habits and behavior of animals and birds should be completed in these parks, and not solely within the four walls of the schools and colleges.” —M. A. Badshah Wildlife Officer, India First World Conference on National Parks, 1962
"There is nothing so American as our national parks.... The fundamental idea behind the parks...is that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us."—President Franklin D. Roosevelt
“The National Park idea, born...in Yellowstone 90-odd years ago, is a unique American contribution to world culture. It has inspired some 80 nations all around the world to establish national parks and similar preserves.”—George B. Hartzog, Jr. Director of the National Park Service
“The wrongs done to trees, wrongs of every sort, are done in the darkness of ignorance and unbelief, for when the light comes, the heart of the people is always right.” —John Muir
Examples of Diptychs from our travels:
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