My name is Laura Crawford Williams and I have been a professional wildlife photographer for 17 years. This campaign supports the printing and distribution of Wildlife in Wild Lands: Photography for Conservation in Southern South America. This 244-page, fine art photography book is the result of an 8-year, 275,000 km journey photographing wild species in some of the most dramatic landscapes on Earth!
For those of us who carry a love and appreciation of nature, it has never been more important to influence and change the minds of those who do not. The human race has achieved unbelievable things, but we claim and transform wild places too easily. As a result, species are disappearing at an unprecedented rate. Even if you do not believe that extreme weather and rising sea level are the result of human activities, the reality of a well-documented extinction crisis remains. In a world full of people searching for purpose and meaning, why would we ignore the continued elimination of its wonders?
It is unrealistic to believe that a government or a part of society alone can guarantee the protection of habitats and species. We must all participate as citizens, organizations, federal entities, and local governments. This project is my labor of love to that end. I hope to inspire in others, my own desperate desire to protect the natural world – every tiny, amazing piece of it!
What we created...
I first traveled to southern South America in November of 2007. My photo destination was the Pampas grasslands of Argentina, with German Ambrosetti as my guide. At the time, we had no idea this trip would lead to our 8-year partnership as photographer and videographer. We worked with dozens of individuals and organizations working to protect threatened species in countries like Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and Brazil.
Our book, Wildlife in Wild Lands is the first of its kind to assemble such a diverse collection of animals found within the Southern Cone, many unknown to the rest of the world. Six chapters, in English and Spanish, contain 150 photographs of 113 different species; each with thought provoking captions describing behavior, conservation challenges and status. An additional chapter, titled Between Frames, shares photos and stories of our adventures in the field.
Photographs were taken in a variety of ecosystems: Andean Plateau, Amazon Rainforest, Andean Patagonia, Atlantic Forest and Islands, Coastal Patagonia, Espinal, Gran Chaco, Iberá Wetlands, Iguazu Falls, Pampas Grasslands, Pantanal, Paraná Flooded Savanna, Patagonian Forest, Patagonian Steppe, Tropical Savanna, Valdivian Temperate Forest, and the Yungas.
My passion isn’t only for taking pictures. I am happiest when I am able to share the soul-filling, emotional experience I have in the field. I work to inspire emotional connection and intellectual curiosity. Success is achieved when I can infect others with the same excitement, amusement, and awe that I feel when working with wildlife. That is the most important part of what I love to do.
In 2015, Fundación Parques Nacionales de Argentina, directed by Claudio Hirsch, Daniel Hirsch, and Dylan Williams, approached us about creating a fine art book of wildlife photography. But, as I thought more about the project, it became clear that the photographs were merely the result of a much larger story.
With your help we are printing 2,750 copies of Wildlife in Wild Lands in 3 editions: hardcover with dust jacket, softcover with bookmark, and a special edition with protective case, red ribbon bookmark, and hand-stitched binding in the colors of the Argentinean flag. All proceeds of the campaign will be used for printing and distribution of the book. Should we be fortunate enough to receive more than the amount we are asking, additional funds will pay for an additional print run and the creation of a traveling photography exhibit to promote the book.
Companies, individuals, and organizations helping us...
There is often little financial compensation despite the extraordinary amount of time spent and effort made by those committed to preserving the beauty of our planet, especially in southern South America. For them, it is truly an altruistic and whole-hearted labor of love! This book celebrates these organizations and individuals as well as the amazing diversity of life they struggle to protect.
Tompkins Conservation, Aves Argentina, Guayaki Yerba Mate Company, Cielos Patagónicos, Sociedad Naturalista Andino Patagónica, and President Mauricio Macri of Argentina, who graciously wrote the foreword.
Publisher: My Wild Life Press, firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Crawford Williams Photography, email@example.com, www.lcwphoto.com
PR representation: Transmedia Group: 240 West Palmetto Park Road, Suite 300 Boca Raton, Florida 33432, Phone: 561-750-9800, Fax: 561-750-4660, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Risks and challenges
The book pages have been printed and are waiting for their scheduled time at the bindery. Since the book is being printed in Miami, I suppose we could have another hurricane. Hurricane Irma caused a 9-day delay. But, other than an act of God, our biggest risk right now is not paying the bill.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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