The National Park Poster Project
The National Park Poster Project combines a love of photography and the National Parks with the classic posters designs created during the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s and 40s.
My name is Rob Decker, and I'm creating iconic posters of America’s National Parks -- from original photographs I've made over the last 35 years -- by transforming them through a digital process into graphic art. The result is a collection of original artwork reminiscent of the stylistic posters from the WPA-era.
One of the inspirations behind this project was studying photography with Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park when I was just 19...an experience that solidified my love of photography and the National Parks.
This year we celebrate Yosemite’s 125th Anniversary, and I’ve created a Limited Edition poster available exclusively to Kickstarter Backers. If you've been to Yosemite, you’ll want this poster. If you've never been, you’ll want to put it on your short list!
These National Park Posters are 13" x 19", which is the approximate size the WPA posters were printed in the 1930s and 1940s, and are printed on "Conservation", a 100% recycled, domestically-produced paper stock. Our printer, D&K Printing, is environmentally-conscientious, using bio-based inks and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and Rainforest Alliance.
Our national parks tell the story of America, encompassing its amazing landscapes, vibrant cultures, and rich history. And the National Park Poster Project helps to tell our personal histories as well -- road trips, family vacations, weddings, reunions -- important memories that remind us of our own experiences enjoying the often fascinating and always awe-inspiring beauty of our National Parks.
So, my hope is that you will become a partner in this historic endeavor as we approach the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.
Here’s how you can make this project come to life.
- Back this campaign today by choosing one of the exclusive backer rewards and pledging.
- Spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr by clicking on the Share This Project button at the top of this page.
- Tell everyone you know: the weekend nature photographer, the outdoor enthusiast, the awesome RV communities, and of course, the national parks fan.
...and you can be one of the first to get these never before released national park posters!
Risks and challenges
The risks to this project are few; the challenges are inspiring.
The risk is that our National Parks, which are so important on so many levels, are threatened every day. Yosemite has suffered major fires! Glaciers are melting at a rapid pace. Acid rain continues its deadly impact. Budget cuts limit our ability to preserve and protect some of the most amazing places on earth. The risk is NOT capturing the amazing beauty and nature of these parks before they suffer even more.
Just today, someone commented on my blog: "As a fine artist (and primarily of landscape art), I derive untold inspiration from our National Park System. I make it a point to discover or re-discover one any time I travel, and can't wait for my next visit to a National Park!"
The challenge will be to personally visit each National Park...and moreover...to capture that single, iconic image that accurately represents each and every one of these National Treasures. As an experienced photographer...this is a challenge I can't wait to tackle!
I have been professionally involved in photography, graphic art and print projects for nearly 30 years. Since I will be responsible for creating all of the original images -- and then developing the photo-graphic images for each poster -- that aspect of the project is quite secure. And, I am already working with a printer in Boulder, Colorado, with outstanding sustainable practices and environmental certifications.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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