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I am photographing the beauty, heart and soul of the dogs who run the 1000+ miles of the Iditarod dog sled race through Alaska.

This books initial funding was reached on June 26th. After only 6 days!
Let's RAISE THE ROOF and fund the entire printing bill of $22,000. Then there's the travel expenses of $3500...

What does this mean? It means I can break even on expenses. It means a profit is possible. It means that the contribution to the Iditarod vet care unit can become a reality. I plan to give back. To help those who help the dogs. It's about the dogs, so lets get on board and help me help them. Your name will be included as a supporter to this contribution.This book will hopefully bring big time awareness to their greatness and beauty. Pledge Please! –––––––––––>

WHAT'S THIS PROJECT ALL ABOUT?
This is a book showcasing the beautiful, strong, willing and fascinating dogs who run the Iditarod sled dog race each year in Alaska.  I'm a professional photographer in Alaska and need funding help to turn this two-year project into a beautiful fine-art coffee table book. Any help you give would be an INCREDIBLE gesture and in return you can receive stunning gallery prints and a copy of the first edition book.

IDITAROD - why on earth??
Why not? I am so fascinated by these creatures and their ability to run, run a long, long way. I knew when I first witnessed the race this past year that I had to make a big deal of these dogs. In came photography, my love, my skill set and my means to share with others what I see in these animals.
This is rooted in my love for animals in general and also from my early fascination with dogs in particular, who without the help of us humans and our technologies, have a hard time expressing just what is going on in those furry little heads.


THE BUZZ!

The Redoubt Reporter   When it comes to books on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, there are volumes focusing on the adventure stories of mushers, but there are few publications with the canine athletes as the center of attention, and even fewer focusing on their unique and individual appearances.

GoMush.com    Born to Run, Athletes of the Iditarod captured my attention. A coffee table book that is in the works by Albert Lewis all about the Iditarod canine athletes. When I saw Albert's work, all I could say is WOW! He is not only collecting great photos but documenting our mushing history.

Fashionable Fido — Photographer takes artistic approach to new Iditarod book

Sled Dog Central
How many times have you looked at the fabulous canine athletes of the Iditarod and murmured to yourself these dogs are gorgeous! I must admit
I have, many, many times. Of course I tell my own huskies that all the time, too! With photos like this, Albert's book-in-progress will showcase their beauty in a coffee table format book for others to appreciate!

Northern Lights Media   When Albert Lewis moved to Alaska from Lake Tahoe, California, a couple of years ago, he brought with him the usual misperceptions and misunderstandings about sled dog racing. He was an avid fan of dogs, but like most opponents of the sport of racing sled dogs, he had no experience with the real deal. Then he went to the 2012 Ceremonial Start on Fourth Avenue – and it literally rocked his world!

Alaska Dispatch  Lewis traveled from Anchorage to Fairbanks, to Glennallen and down onto the Kenai Peninsula to visit kennels and photograph the dogs and some of their well-known mushers.

Mushing Radio   To date he has visited the who’s who of dog mushers including: Dee Dee Jonrowe, Martin Buser, Lance Mackey, Mary Shields, Jeff King and the Moore/Zirkle crew among others...

KICKSTARTER!
Kickstarter is all or nothing. I HAVE to raise my goal or no money gets transferred, ZERO.  It would be wonderful to see this project reach its final resting place as a book. I would be grateful to each and everyone one of you that contributes. THANK YOU!!

How did you make these images?
These images are shot on location at each dogs kennel or home. That's important to say. A lot of people ask if there were photographed in a studio. Not the case here... That would be sooo much easier for me, but not for the 300+ dogs that I photographed. So off I went, over 94 hours in my car, 4800 miles and counting. I have seen more of Alaska than I ever thought possible. These kennels are not located roadside, but far far away from a public road usually. This allowed me to learn about the kennels and the people who operate them. I was all ears and eyes. It is something I will never forget. Serine, peaceful, remote and wild. Just a few of the words that come to mind for me.

Did you photograph the mushers too?
You betcha, these are the men and women who raise the dogs, care for the dogs, train them and compete with them. They are kind spirited people who have a drive and a competitiveness about them. They put their dogs first, they always take the time to care for a dog first. I tried to capture their passion and bond for their dogs in these images. The love and care for the animals was there, I just needed to put the camera in front of them. Dedication, passion, commitment, without a doubt!


Why do you need all that money?

I have interest from a publisher in New Zealand for this book, I might also self-publish — both methods require funds to be raised to contribute to the cost. This is standard practice in the art photography world. Since the book will be of an extremely high quality (heavy paper stock, full wrap hardbound photo cover, over 200 pages) and limited to around 1000 copies at a relatively large-format (approx. 11"x12"). Printing costs anywhere other than China are very high. The amount I am asking for with Kickstarter is only a share of the total amount I need. I am contributing myself as well.

What does this mean?
This book will be BEAUTIFUL!!! Woof!

Every cent of your donations will contribute directly to the book. The more that is funded, the bigger and more lavish the book will be (without any extra costs to you), If the funding exceeds the amount I have asked for, the book will be larger, more dogs, more love, more smiles for everyone! And the publisher expects the final book to cost more than it does on Kickstarter — so please get pledging! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! This type of honest, heart felt love and giving is what makes the art in this world a reality.

THE REWARDS FOR YOU:

POSTCARDS
These cards are frame ready and collectable. Series of 16 to choose from.


8" x 10" PRINT

Archival print, ready to frame. Great as a gift too. Framing is available.
You select the image you like from the finished book.

11" x 14" PRINT

Bigger and better! Archival print, ready to frame. Great as a gift too. Framing is available. You select the image you like from the finished book.

GALLERY PRINTS
Available in two limited edition sizes, 24"x36" and the ultimate gallery print: 40"x60". Each image in each size limited to 10 prints (+ 2 artists proofs) worldwide.

Some people find this project a showcase of the breeds talent pool, and I have no problem with that. But I hope it is also poignant and ultimately a display of beauty that these true athletes posses. Dogs are emotionally honest. They don't hide who they are. These images are about beauty within, they evoke a feeling, they are honest. These images are the voice. You are the audience. ENJOY!

A note on how to use Kickstarter to make a pledge:
To make a pledge to BORN TO RUN / Athletes of the Iditarod, click the green “Back This Project” button. You will be asked to enter your pledge amount and select a reward. Then, you will go through and must complete the Amazon checkout process. If / when the project is successfully funded, your card will be charged when the book reaches its funding deadline. The book is expected to be published around late November 2012 and will ship shortly afterwards, prints can come before.

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    32 DOG KENNEL PHOTOSHOOT / WORLDWIDE. I will come to your kennel (outside of AK) and photograph up to 32 dogs individually in the style of this book. You help with travel expenses. This would allow for you to have your dogs photographed in a professional style to use on your team website, marketing of your dogs and promotional calendars, prints, shirts and cards too. You could use the hi-res digital files that I supply you with to create promotions for your fans, your sponsors, friends and family gifts too. This is limited to TWO rewards so act fast! Travel costs can be worked out once you have selected the reward. I travel light and cheap!

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    32 DOG KENNEL PHOTOSHOOT. I will come to your kennel (AK only) and photograph up to 32 dogs individually in the style of this book. Travel is on me. This would allow for you to have your dogs photographed in a professional style to use on your team website, marketing of your dogs and promotional calendars, prints, shirts and cards too. You could use the hi-res digital files that I supply you with to create promotions for your fans, your sponsors, friends and family gifts too. This is limited to TWO rewards so act fast! There have been several kennels asking for this service and I had priced it much higher.

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    24x36" GALLERY PRINT + 5 BOOKS + POSTCARD SET: Five (5) 1st edition, signed copies of the book, plus the complete postcard set of 16 images as an added bonus, PLUS a signed 24x36” Archival C-type GALLERY PRINT of your choice from the book. Limited to 10 prints worldwide. These are the prints that will showl in top galleries and be seen in magazines around the world. 10% of gallery print sales will also go to the Iditarod Dog Care and Vet assistance units. Remember to add some postage if you can, we forgot to include, $5 US, $12 Europe, $15 worldwide, thank you!!!

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    40x60" GALLERY PRINT + 5 BOOKS + POSTCARD SET: Five (5) 1st edition, signed copies of the book and the complete postcard set of 16 images as an added bonus, PLUS a stunning and crowd gathering 40" x 60” Archival C-type signed GALLERY PRINT of your choice from the book. Limited to 5 prints worldwide. These are incredible imposing prints that look monumental on your wall. 10% of gallery print sales will also go to the Iditarod Dog Care and Vet assistance units. Remember to add some postage if you can, we forgot to include, $5 US, $12 Europe, $15 worldwide, thank you!!!

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