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By Jack Gescheidt
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About this project

THIS CAMPAIGN funds the creation of a LARGE, hard-cover COFFEE TABLE BOOK of photographs of “The TreeSpirit Project.” Over 120 high-resolution, Fine Art photos, on 175 pages, made over 12 years by environmental artist and activist, Jack Gescheidt. 

"Tea Tree Tangle"
"Tea Tree Tangle"

I'M JACK, and “TreeSpirit” is my environmental Fine Art project featuring photographs of humans, nude and vulnerable, in harmony with trees. A photographer for 25 years, I began TreeSpirit in 2005, inspired by one giant live oak tree in Marin County, CA, that moved me to tears at a painful turning point in my life. The people in the ongoing collection of photographs come to the trees from all walks of life; none are paid models.

THE BOOK: Over 120 photographs, made over 12 years, filling over 175 pages, with many 2-page spreads. The goal is a lush, image-driven celebration of the inspiring beauty of trees and forests, with ordinary, extraordinary people who care about them. The book's emphasis is imagery, to stir the senses and touch the hearts of tree and nature lovers, to remind us all that we used to play in and around trees as children, before we became busy adults.

SEE DOZENS MORE TreeSpirit PHOTOGRAPHS in the website gallery: http://www.TreeSpiritProject.com/gallery

TreeSpirit HAS AN ENVIRONMENTAL MISSION.  TreeSpirit's fans and participants feel, as I do, that trees are precious, inspiring, and deserve more protection and care.  They are undervalued in modern societies yet critically important in our era of anthropogenic climate change.  World forests must be preserved — and expanded.  We desperately need more trees and forests to keep doing all that they constantly do for us, ecologically and spiritually.  It is in their evolutionary design to sustain and nourish us humans and the plant and animal kingdoms.

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(low-resolution cover mockup)

THE TEXT will include TreeSpirit’s environmentalist mission.  And stories behind the making of many of the activist photos like those featured in the reality TV SHOW TRAILER VIDEO above.  Also included: testimonials of participants; the powerful, unexpected experiences people had making the photos.  Many men and women in TreeSpirit photos braved being naked in a public setting for the first time, for a cause or for the thrill of it.

YOUR SUPPORT for this campaign with a pledge, and sharing on Facebook, Twitter, etc., helps make the book possible.  This is just as it should be, because the TreeSpirit images themselves are created with daring and fun-loving volunteers in what I call a collaborative community effort.  Just like this book.  All to spread tree appreciation and the wonder of trees in our lives.

IF YOU LOVE TREES AND THE NATURAL WORLD, please share this campaign.  Tens of thousands of tree and nature lovers, environmentalists, nudists, naturists, naturalists, photography, body and art admirers around the world can enjoy this book and align with TreeSpirit's mission — but will only learn about them with your help.  If TreeSpirit's photographs or its mission touches you, join this growing community of people who care deeply for the natural world.  Help create this celebratory book starring our dearest, oldest friends, the trees.  And the $75 book pledge is lower than the $95 retail cover price upon publication and includes U.S. shipping.

"Evolution"
"Evolution"

100% PCW* RECYCLED PAPER will be used, of course.  Read the story, below, of how this necessity was partly responsible for this crowd-sourced self-publishing campaign.  (*Post-Consumer Waste)

"The Call of The Wild"
"The Call of The Wild"

IF THIS CAMPAIGN EXCEEDS THE FUNDING GOAL, additional funds will expand the print run, and pay for additional pages, and then promotion, publicity, and a speaking engagements book tour.  Future TreeSpirit plans include an expanded website, and of course more photographs for an eventual second book, "The World of TreeSpirit," with new images from Canada, Europe, even Australia and Africa.  These are all actions TreeSpirit takes to fulfill its mission.

TreeSpirit BEGAN SIMPLY, with a dramatic turn of events in my own life, including a heart break and subsequent breakdown.  This re-awakened my own childhood love for seeking comfort, happiness, and meaning in nature and especially around trees. From this feeling came the first tree photographs with just a few people.  People loved the photos and wanted to be in them.  And so it grew. 

I LEARNED THE PHOTOGRAPHS COULD SAVE TREES & FORESTS by becoming events to draw attention to threatened trees or forests.  The first, "Last Stand," was in Berkeley, CA, Memorial Oak Grove, where treesitters lived for two years.

SEE MORE TreeSpirit PHOTOS: http://www.TreeSpiritProject.com/gallery

"In The Land of the Ancients 2" to protect a forest.
"In The Land of the Ancients 2" to protect a forest.

This led to TreeSpirit’s MISSION: to raise awareness of the crucial role trees play in all our lives. Whether or not you're especially drawn to them, trees, globally, are indispensable to the planet's health. They support life on Earth, creating oxygen, sequestering carbon in our era of human-caused climate change, filter fresh water, cool the planet and are home to 70% of Earth's land animals.  And so much more.  They are our precious ecological allies. 

THIS BOOK BEGAN when a New York City publisher called and generously offered to make it, complete with cash advance. But discussions revealed our vision for the book was not aligned, including its size, it's potential, and its purpose.  Crucially, we couldn’t agree that TreeSpirit images — of people adoring trees — should NOT, must not, be printed on anything but 100% recycled or tree-free paper.  Not one to hold my tongue on my strongest beliefs, I quoted one my favorite poems, by Kahlil Gibran: “Trees are poems Earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn into paper, That we may record our emptiness.” But that was in Gibran's day years ago; today we can make books, as this book will be made, without harming trees.

Trees are physiological and psychological soothers of our brains and nervous systems.  They are inspiration for our souls, and have been for as long as we humans have existed.  But humanity, as a collective, too often take trees for granted, and treats them as lifeless objects to be destroyed or exploited for profit. 

With your support, this book of heartfelt photographs will help reverse this self-destructive trend of deforestation, and instead celebrate sacred, living trees everywhere around us.  We can once again hold them in reverence, adding beauty, joy, and sacredness to our lives.   (You don't even have to take your clothes off.)

"Sequoia Adoration"
"Sequoia Adoration"

 

"Hearts of Palms"
"Hearts of Palms"

 

"4 Sprites"
"4 Sprites"

 

Magnolia Exploration
Magnolia Exploration

 

              
"Hilltop Worship"
"Hilltop Worship"

SEE DOZENS MORE TreeSpirit PHOTOGRAPHS in the website gallery: http://www.TreeSpiritProject.com/gallery

                   

Risks and challenges

THIS IS A LOW-RISK VENTURE. The greatest challenge was making twelve year's worth of original photographs. That's done.

UPON FUNDING, our rough designs go to final book/graphic design. Each page becomes a stand-alone work of art. We have budgeted extra time for Jack's photographer's perfectionist streak to make its mark on this first TreeSpirit book.

PRINTING is next, with 100% PCW (post-consumer waste) paper. We will use a specialty printer who has worked with our chosen paper before.

We've budgeted extra time for unforeseen real-world delays, mishaps, adjustments, etc.

Finally, comes FULFILLMENT — sending your book to you. We anticipate campaign contributors from outside the U.S., as many of them are IN the photographs, so we have again allowed extra time for international delivery.

All this is straight-forward but delays and hiccups occur, hence extra time and funds (after Kickstarter takes its well-earned fees) for our November delivery date. This allows time for you to send out your TreeSpirit books as end-of-year gifts.

Thanks, everyone, for making this vision of tree angradizement possible!

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    2 books SIGNED by Jack Gescheidt

    1) Receive TWO (2) SIGNED copies of the TreeSpirit photo book; one for you, one extra to give as a holiday gift, a $250 value.

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    20" TreeSpirit PRINT of your choice

    1) Choose your favorite TreeSpirit photograph as a 20” Limited Edition Fine Art Print — and also get the SIGNED book as a thank you for supporting this campaign to bring more tree love into the world. Printed on archival 100% cotton paper. Highest resolution. Unframed. Choose from TreeSpirit’s web gallery: http://www.TreeSpiritProject.com/fineartprints

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    2) SIGNED copy of the book;

    3) Your name printed inside the book as a Special Supporter.

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    40" TreeSpirit PRINT of your choice

    1) Choose any TreeSpirit image as a 40” long print on an aluminum sheet. (= 3.5-foot = 101.6 cm) READY TO HANG modern look, framing not required. High-resolution, dye-sublimation process bonds ink permanently to metal.

    Exclusive Supporter Edition for this campaign. A $3500 value.

    CHOOSE ANY TreeSpirit IMAGE, on this page or in the TreeSpirit website gallery: http://www.TreeSpiritProject.com/gallery

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    1) Photographer Jack Gescheidt comes to you, wherever you are, or meets you at a tree location in the world, to make a new, custom TreeSpirit photograph of you and/or your partner with the tree or forest of your dreams.

    An incredible, one-of-a-kind gift for you, or someone you love that loves trees! READ MORE: http://www.TreeSpiritProject.com/commissions

    2) FRAMED 40x50" exhibition quality Fine Art Print;

    3) 3 SIGNED copies of the book as gifts to share.

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