And Here We Are- Stories From the Sixth Extinction examines the current condition of our rapidly changing landscape, the punishing impact of non-native and invasive species, the accelerated rate of extinctions and the fragile places where man and nature collide.
The Making of-
For three years I traveled over 57,000 miles trekking with powerful studio strobes, photographing and writing about some of the massive planetary changes that have taken place largely within our lifetimes. These images were guided by endless research and interviews with dozens of conservationists and Wild-Land directors, many of whom walked me through their parks, water systems and forests pointing out the problems and voicing their concerns.
*Forward contribution by two time Pulitzer Prize winning author and biologist E. O. Wilson.
*Exquisitely printed by the non-profit Daylight Books, limited edition of 1000, 144 pages, hardcover, wetproofed by me to exactly match my master prints, heavy fine-art paper stock, Smyth sewn binding with a stamp debossed cover and spine, and large scale 12x18" inches open.
*Kickstarter edition will be hand numbered, signed and personalized if you wish.
*Twenty pages of captions in the back walk you through the issues topic by topic, complete with GPS locations in an easy to enter Google format.
*Preface essay explaining the overarching issues and hand drawn illustrations by artist Zoe Keller.
What We Can Accomplish Together-
100% of the profits of this Kickstarter and future print sales will be devoted to a travelling exhibition and speaking engagements at museums and schools as I've done already begun to do.
Together we can put this book and it’s ideas into libraries, schools, and museums, print a traveling exhibition, and enlighten people to better understand the direness of our situation. These images, together with the writings of why each topic matters and the hard facts behind them make an engaging and enjoyable learning experience.
I can’t thank you enough for your compassion and support.
I'm offering gorgeous prints at insanely low reward levels to help raise the $48,700 we need to print the book and exhibition.
Please consider a print for your home. Selecting print rewards is the only way we'll achieve our financial goal!
Fun fact: I traveled to the equator with this electric light powered by a small generator because I wanted the maximum insect diversity I could capture in one image. There's a theory called the latitudinal diversity gradient which says we have the most species diversity at the equator, trickling to the least diversity at the poles- So I traveled there.
Not so fun fact: I made this image so we could discuss observations that world insect populations might be declining at an extraordinary rate. It's difficult to calculate because no one thought to measure world insect populations until very recently. (Until we noticed that our car windshields don't splatter with bug goop as much as they once did).
With 40% of Earth's terrain converted to agriculture and much of that sprayed with pesticides it probably shouldn't surprise us.
Risks and challenges
Daylight Books is a superb publisher and the proofing and design are already at the book dummy stage.
Having published an award winning book with you on Kickstarter before I know that you can't underestimate how much work shipping fulfilment is.
The only foreseeable challenge I can think of is that certain rewards may not arrive until January but I anticipate late December as of now.