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The White Desert is a photo project, documenting the fragility and beauty of the planet, from the Arctic to Antarctic regions!
Boarding Today for Antarctica is a photo project in the Fragility of Ecosystems, documenting the fragility and beauty of the planet, from the Arctic to Antarctic regions!
Boarding Today for Antarctica is a photo project in the Fragility of Ecosystems, documenting the fragility and beauty of the planet, from the Arctic to Antarctic regions!
167 backers pledged $9,121 to help bring this project to life.

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The White Desert: Wildlife & Antarctica photobook

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After traveling to some great places in the world and witnessing the fragility of ecosystems first-hand, I'm finding ways to share my experiences with the rest of the world, aka: YOU! 

The feedback on my blog and Facebook page has been encouraging me to take my work to the next step: A book will be the first tangible deliverable.

Harp Seal on the Canadian Ice
Harp Seal on the Canadian Ice

The book will group the images I shot when traveling to so many beautiful places on this planet, discovering so many beautiful creatures. This book will focus on the animals and some landscapes. The stories I picked up through traveling give an extra dimension to it. 

And, as my next expedition will bring me to the Antarctic region in February 2016, I plan to take more images there. Combined with the images I made earlier in Alaska, Canada, Peru, and New Zealand, they will create the first set of images, showing the reader "The Fragility of Ecosystems". 

This Kickstarter project is to get the book printed, edited and launched, and hopefully to step up some of the images (like adding some aerial shots) I'll make in the Antarctic region, if we make the stretch goals. 

Mock-up - first idea of how the book will look - work in progress.
Mock-up - first idea of how the book will look - work in progress.

Supporting the book also shows your support for my future endeavors in the "Fragility of Ecosystems" project. Upcoming expeditions include documenting the search for water in Burkina Faso, for example. A published photographer will have more chances to get sponsors and funding. I’ll be able to get more expositions, in addition to the ones planned already in New York, Brazil and Ukraine in 2016. Join my newsletter to know where and when.

New Zealand
New Zealand

The Perks 

Thank you & hugs 

You know you are awesome. But by sponsoring this campaign, we both make sure that the whole world is aware as well. All donations over $5 will entitle you to your name on the thank-you-page of my blog. 

Ever got a postcard from Antarctica? 

I will create some postcards from the images. For $20, I’ll send you one of my images as a postcard from here in NYC. If you can spare $25, I’ll send it to you from the only postal station on Antarctica: the Vernadsky Research Base. For $35, I’ll make and print a picture while traveling there, and send it from the same base. 

The Book

Size: 9" x 7" (that's 22.8cm x 17.8cm) in landscape format on 60-lb paper, with soft cover/paperback. If we get to the stretch goal of $6000, I'll be able to create the book in 11" x 8.5" (27.9cm x 21.6cm) and upgrade the paper quality. 

Initially, the book will have 50 pages. If we reach the stretch goal of $6000, I can add 10 pages, and we'll have a larger, thicker book. If we reach $9000, your book will have 70 pages.

The images will be combined with stories of where and how they were made. The look and feel is still pretty much a work in progress, and some of the images that will be part of the book still have to be made in February on Antarctica. 

First draft of the cover - will probably change in the next weeks.
First draft of the cover - will probably change in the next weeks.

A critique session or interview

I'll make myself available for a 30-minute video chat with you and your friends. We can discuss your and my photo work, views and motivations. If you like, we can make this an interview you can publish on your blog or use in your podcast (and I'll be happy to mention it on my blog). I count on having the chat after I'm back, but we can be flexible if you like to publish before I leave for Antarctica. 

Combinations

  • For $200: I will send 5 postcards from the Vernadsky base, each to a different address anywhere in the world, and you'll get the book. If you choose to allow me, I'll be happy to include your name in the book and on the webpage.
  • For $250: I will send 2 postcards from the Vernadsky base, each to a different address anywhere in the world. You will get a print of "Curious Seal" ( 2-9/10 ex. in Aluminum 8"x12"). Of course I'll send you the book. If you choose to allow me, I'll be happy to include your name in the book and on the webpage. 

Unique prints on metal 

I selected two of my images that will be printed on aluminum. If you pledge $500 for the campaign, you'll get one of these. The two images are "Whale Tail Solitude" and "Mommy Bear". 

Note

For international orders, receiver is responsible for additional charges incurred by customs, duties and taxes.

Whale Tail Solitude - image printed in limited edition
Whale Tail Solitude - image printed in limited edition
Mommy Bear - Image printed in limited edition
Mommy Bear - Image printed in limited edition
Curious Seal
Curious Seal

Want to give it as a gift? 

The perks here are cool and very original gifts! As the book or the prints will reach you later, I'll provide you with a certificate so you're not empty handed at the party. Just drop me a note when the project is funded. 

Extended goals 

With $3500, I'll be able to publish the book. If your generous nature allows me to get further, I'll be able to take some extra equipment to Antarctica - and you'll benefit: At $6000, we can print the book in 11" x 8.5" (27.9cm x 21.6cm) and upgrade the paper quality. You'll have aerial shots from Antarctica in there as well. At $9000, the book will have at least 70 pages and will include Patagonia and/or Falklands images. If you lift me over that, we'll figure out how we can make you benefit from your generosity!

Thank you for checking out my project, thanks for donating, and thanks for supporting my dream to bring the "Fragility of Ecosystems" to life! 

Copyright: All pictures I've uploaded here are my work, except for the cover image of the penguin and the camera by Martha de Jong-Lantink, used with permission and gratitude because I haven't been on Antarctica yet! 

Risks and challenges

Travel to Antarctica is inherently risky, especially on a sailboat. Printing images while traveling might prove tricky, given the cold.

There is only one post office in Antarctica, and with the experienced skipper, we should be able to get there and send you the cards. If for whatever reason, we don't make it that far, I'll send you the cards from Ushuaia (the southernmost tip of South America, known as the “End of the World") instead from at the research base.

The book printing is a pretty straightforward process, so I don't expect issues there. I'll be making several copies of the images on portable hard drives while out on the ocean, and as soon as I'm back in Ushuaia, all images will be backed up remote.

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    Every dollar counts . . . show your patronage for as little as a dollar and know that your support has made this book and the journey a reality.

    Thank you! You're awesome. I owe you a hug: When you're in New York, make sure to pick it up! Travel to NY to pick up hug not included...

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    Traveling around the world and publishing a book isn't cheap. I appreciate your effort in helping me live my dream. Thank you for your support that made this book and the journey a reality.

    You are (of course) awesome, too! I owe you that hug: When you're in New York, make sure to pick it up! Travel to NY to pick up hug not included...

    If you complete the survey after the Kickstarter, your name will be on the "Thank You" page for my project at http://blog.blanquart.be/white-desert-project/.

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    Your help is appreciated. I'll be happy to send you one of my current nature photography, as a postcard, from New York.

    And that hug: yep, of course you can pick yours up the next time you're in the city. Your name will be on the "Thank you"-list of contributors.

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    Ever received a postcard from Antarctica? This is your opportunity! A postcard, with one of the images of my current work, sent to you (or someone you like) from the Vernadsky base on Antarctica.

    We'll collect the address where you like it to be sent in January, so make sure you don't miss the survey. Cards will take several months to arrive. They will be sent in the second week of February.

    If you like, we'll include your name in the Thank You page!

    Postage is included in the pledge amount.

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    What's cooler than a postcard from Antarctica? A limited edition of a photo taken and printed in Antarctica, and sent to you!

    The numbered postcard (1-30), with one of my unique images from this Antarctica trip, will be sent from the Vernadsky base on Antarctica in the second week of February. Cards will take several months to arrive. Postage is included in the pledge amount.

    The hug in New York, and your name on the "Thank You" page, are of course part of the deal!

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    The Super fast early bird! As you are amongst the first to back this campaign, happy to give you this book as cheap as we can.

    Happy to include your name in the Thank You page in the book AND the page on the web story. Don't forget to look for the survey, so we got it spelled correctly ;-)

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    The Book - still very much discounted! Because you are so fast to join the campaign, happy to help you save a few bucks.

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    I will send you the book. Still cheaper than the sales price.

    The book will have your name in the credits/thank you, as will the web-story. And of course, your hug, when you're in NYC ;-)

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    The Combo: a copy of the book, and a postcard with my current work, sent from Antarctica...
    Two items:

    1) Ever received a postcard from Antarctica? This is your opportunity! A postcard, with one of the images of my current work, sent to you (or someone you like) from the Vernadsky base on Antarctica.

    We'll collect the address where you like it to be sent in January, so make sure you don't miss the survey. Cards will take several months to arrive. They will be sent in the second week of February.

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    2) The book

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    A hug (collect it in NY), and, if you like, we'll include your name in the Thank You page on the website, and in the book...

    The shipping of the book: select your country. Postage for the postcard is included in the pledge amount. And yes: we can send the card to a different place than the book, if you like!

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    I'll make myself available for a 30-minute video chat with you and your friends. We can discuss your and my photo work, views and motivations. If you like, we can make this an interview you can publish on your blog or use in your podcast (and I'll be happy to mention it on my blog).

    The chat will be 30 minutes and happen in May, June or July 2016.

    Chat can be in English, French or Dutch, or a mix thereof.

    Happy to include your name in the book AND on the web story. Don't forget to look for the survey, so we can make sure we spell it correctly.

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    Share the love!

    You'll get 5 postcards from my current work that I'll send to 5 different addresses you will indicate anywhere in the world. I will ship them from that same unique postal office on Antarctica. The shipping costs of these cards are included in the perk.

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    A copy of my book, sent to an address you like.
    (that's the address you choose in the location for shipping)

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    If you like, I'll include you on the "Thank You" page for my project on the website and/or in the "Thank You" section in the book.

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    1 Aluminum wall print of "Curious Seal". Limited edition (1/10 ex). Numbered, signed, 8" x 12" (20cm x 30cm)

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    You'll get 2 postcards from my current work that I'll send to 2 different addresses you indicate anywhere in the world. The shipping of these cards is included in the perk. I'll send them from the postal station on Antarctica.

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    A copy of the book.

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    If you like, I'll include you on the "Thank You" page for my project on the website and/or in the "Thank You" section in the book.

    (The book and the print can be shipped separately. If one of them must go to a location is outside of the US, please select "Rest of the World" for the shipping location.)

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    Aluminum wall print of "Mommy Bear"

    Limited edition (10 ex). Numbered, signed, 20" x 30" (50cm x 76cm)

    And I'll send you, of course, a signed copy of the book. It will have your name on the thank you page!

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    Aluminum wall print of "Whale Tail"

    Limited edition (10 ex). Numbered, signed, 20" x 30" (50cm x 76cm)

    And I'll send you, of course, a signed copy of the book. It will have your name on the thank you page!

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    Looking for an original motivational speaker for your organization? A Belgian-American photographer talking about the Fragility of Ecosystems, or about the experience of pursuing your dreams, might be exactly what you need.

    1/2- to 1-hour speaking engagement, followed by Q&A in the USA. (Or anywhere in the world, if you pay for my flight from NYC to there and back.)

    + 2 copies of the book

    + 1 aluminum wall print of a picture made in Antarctica (numbered 1/2) - Size: 16" x 20"

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    The total supporter!

    5 postcards sent from Antarctica to your friends (or all to you at home :-))

    5 copies of the book, with individual messages and signed.

    1 half hour video-call.

    A special mention in the book and on the website.

    1 Aluminum wall print of "Whale Tail". Limited edition (1/10 ex). Numbered, signed, 20" x 30" (50cm x 76cm)

    1 Aluminum wall print of "Mommy Bear". Limited edition (1/10 ex). Numbered, signed, 20" x 30" (50cm x 76cm)

    1 Unique Aluminum wall print of one of the pictures made on Antarctica. Very Limited edition (1/2 ex). Signed, 20" x 30" (50cm x 76cm)

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