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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. 

The Book-

*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.

Wet proof of book with exact paper.

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.

Sharing work about anthropogenic (human caused) issues at the Museum of Photographic Arts. 100% of ticket sales were donated to charity.

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.



Prints- 

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!

Thank you!

Available images-

Mangroves, Since Destroyed, 2017
American Alligators, 2017
American Alligators (2) - 2017
Invasive Burmese Python, Parking Lot, Everglades 2017
El Nino Storm, West Coast, 2019
Non-Native Palm in Rare California La Niña Storm, 2017
Overcrowded Forest, San Bernardino Mountains, 2017
Oak Trees after Fire, 2017
Oak Killed by Invasive Gold Spotted Oak Borer, Leonid Meteorite Streak and International Space Station, 2018
Live Oak and Sugar Pine After Fire, 2018
Non-Native European Honey Bees in Western United States, 2017
Saguaro, Power Lines and Bat Trail, 2017
Saguaro, Forest, and, Vehicle, 2017
Satellite Crossing Dotted Path of Airplane Between an Ocotillo and Side View of the Milky Way, 2017
Only Existing Grove of Natural Native Palms in Arizona High in Mountain Ravine, 2018
Cleared Grazing Land, 2017
Insects Swarming Artificial Light Near Equator, Panama, 2019
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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.

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