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Documenting Ocean Wilderness will be a book of photographs and essays that capture the essence of the marine environment.
Tyler Hoecker
Rochester, Minnesota
United States
1 Team Member

Here's the Plan:

I aim to take a naturalist and literary approach to documenting the enormous and fragile environment that is the world’s ocean. Throughout a six-month voyage aboard a small sailboat, I will capture the animals and habitats, as well as people and communities, that call the ocean wilderness home. The resulting images and reflections will be released as an e-book and a limited run hardcover. The book is part of an effort to provide a tangible narrative of marine life and culture for a broad public audience. 

My book will feature photographs, accompanied by short essays, that attempt to bring you along on a sail-powered journey from French Polynesia to New Zealand. Or at least bring back what feels important, and maybe provide some permanence to it.

Changing ocean temperatures, rising sea levels and accumulating trash are compromising not just the south Pacific but open water and coastlines everywhere. Still, for most of the public it's barely on the radar. I hope this book can help people that can’t explore the ocean develop an appreciation and sense of stewardship for it. 

The goal of this project is to make marine environments a little more real, to tell a story about the people and animals that have called them home for millenia. 

The beauty of supporting this project is that the cost of the trip is already covered. The boat is ready. The project will provide only as many books or prints as supporters order, so the funding threshold is low.  

What your support will be used for:

The main expense of the project is the printing and shipping costs of the hardcover editions, prints and postcards. When you buy a perk you are advance ordering your hardcover copy, digital edition or print. A note on the perk decriptions: 'Tradewinds' is a working title for the book that I used in the descriptions.

How your funds will not be used:

The cost of the voyage itself will be completely self-funded. Your support will not be used to feed the crew, pay for moorage or fuel costs, immigration fees or flights. The trip is a unique opportunity for this project to happen, the perfect vehicle really, but will be made whether the project is funded or not.

About the Author:

Tyler Hoecker is a graduate of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon as well as an alumnus of the Sea Education Association. After earning his bachelors in Environmental Science he worked for the U.S. Forest Service and a private consulting firm monitoring habitat of endangered salmon and trout in the Pacific Northwest. He has published articles and photographs in Dirt Rag magazine and online for TrailGroove and Backpacking Light


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  • $5USD
    Mini Photo Print

    Get a postcard-sized print of an original photo and an update on the trip.

    7 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $20USD
    Digital Edition

    Get a complete digital version of Tradewinds to view on your preferred device. PDF format for unrestricted enjoyment.

    10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $40USD
    Photo Print + Digital Edition

    Get the digital copy of Tradewinds PLUS choose any photo from the book to receive as an 8x10 limited edition print.

    1 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $60USD
    Hardcover Book

    Get a signed hardcover coffee table edition of Tradewinds PLUS the digital version. Feel the pages, read the words on paper and share in the genuine article.

    12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $80USD
    Hardcover + Photo Print

    Get the real-deal signed hardcover, PLUS choose any photo from the book to receive as an 8x10 limited edition print.

    7 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
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