Photography and travel is a gateway to learning about the world around you. “New Mexico Gods” (NMG) is a geocaching, photo-safari adventure exploring New Mexico 's spiritual places – from ancient Native American Indian sites, to old Christian Churches , to outdoor ceremonies that connect past and present.
The materials collected and developed from our travels throughout New Mexico will culminate in a limited edition, high quality, hardcover photo book with digital supplementary materials containing even more photos, videos, and historical information.
For the adventurous, and curious . . . along the way, we will leave a geocaching trail ; to better share the journey with those that may wish to follow and explore the wide open spaces, the ancient ruins, the buildings, the churches, the cities and towns, and last but not least connect with the past and the people of the present to better share in the wonder of all that is.
About the Team:
As you can see from the names below, with the exception of the pilot (though he is a close friend too), this is a family endeavor, with the associated personal devotion to excellence that such projects entail; with graphic design assistance (book design and layout) by my wife, and pottery assistance (production of handmade ceramic geocaching tokens) by my mother. For more information on the team members, see below:
Parker Bradley (Photographer and Project Director): A Physicist & Engineer with over 25 years experience in photography ranging from clinical project documentation, to stock, to artistic and aerial work.
A small, but growing sample of my work can be found at:
For more info on me see: http://www.linkedin.com/in/parkerbradley
Joanna Bradley (Graphic Designer): A graphic designer for over 20 years, serving various companies and organizations ranging from the Syracuse Papers in New York , to the New Mexico Museum of Space History. She currently is the Graphic Designer for the New Mexico School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, as well as also having a freelance graphic design business on the side. http://www.FishFoot.com
Renné Bradley (Potter): Over 35 years in banking, she retired a few years ago to follow what has been her passion & hobby for about as long – pottery. She now has a studio and workshop (Gazebo Potters) in Ruidoso , NM and teaches pottery classes for the local community college.
Kevin Dunshee (Pilot): Retired Fighter Pilot for the U.S. Air Force, and is currently a GPS Test Manager for the U.S. Air Force, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, and a Designated Pilot Examiner for the FAA. He's just about flown it all – in short, he'd rather be flying!
What We Need & What You Get
Impact of Your Support
By purchasing a copy of the book through this campaign, or otherwise supporting this project, you will help in the book's creation (and in the creation of the Geocaching Trail) for yourself and for others to enjoy too.
Funds will primarily cover:
- the cost of printing the book
- the cost of aerial and ground photo missions
- the costs of conducting historical research
- as well as covering the expense associated with setting up the geocaching trail for others to follow.
About the Limited Edition Signed Books
The photo books will be 200 to 300 full color pages, large format 12”H x 14”W, hardcover (with full-color dust jackets) with foil-stamped covers and spine. As of this writing, we plan to have the books produced by “EditionOneBooks.com”. They not only produce a high quality product, but were the only book publishers we could find that would let us produce a limited run book this large at a cost that allows us to provide a reasonably priced product to sponsors, and to keep both of our arms and legs. ;-)
If we get 1 to 749 orders for physical books, they will be printed on digital presses. If we get over 749 orders for physical books, they will be printed on a traditional offset press – which further enhances the quality.
About the Signed Photo Prints
You will get to choose your favorite museum quality image for printing from a selected set of project images. The photo print will be about 20”x14” (exact size will vary a little bit in either or both dimensions, depending on image).
All of our prints are produced on state-of-the-art, professional-grade printers. Current print company, as of this writing, is Fine Art America (subject to change without notice). Acid-free papers and archival inks are used to guarantee that your prints last a lifetime without fading or loss of color. Paper prints include a 1" white border around the image to allow for future framing and matting and will be shipped in durable cardboard tubes.
About the T-shirts
T-shirts will be white, short sleeves, made of 100% cotton pre-shrunk with the image on the front. Size of your choice.
See below for image example:
Campaign Sponsors, at all levels, will be recognized by a "sponsor listing" (with the exception of those that wish to remain anonymous) in the digital book and on the project website. "Arts Patrons Sponsors", will receive additional recognition in the printed book as well.
About the Geocaching Trail
As we explore New Mexico 's sacred sites, churches, ceremonies, and the like we will leave a geocaching trail (all appropriate etiquette for establishing geocaches will be followed) with coordinates and hints provided in the digital materials. Geocaching coordinates will also be provided in the hard copy book too. Aside from being contained in the digital materials, coordinates and hints will be part of the regular email updates for paid-up customers, so you can start your adventures right away if you wish.
The caches will contain hand-made, glazed, clay tokens, and other things, and will be of varying levels of difficulty to get to, and to find – some will be very easy, some a little challenging, and some very hard.
Just as gold was a motivating factor for the Spaniards in their travels, so too will it be for our geocaching trail. Hidden amongst the geocaches will be 5 viles of placer gold dust . Each vile will contain about 1/10 of a gram of placer gold dust (worth about $5 each, as of this writing). Some of the caches will also contain physical Bitcoin cards of varying denominations as well.
There will also be an online database & blog that paid-up participants can log into to log their discoveries and share their stories – even if you aren't on the trail, you can log in an see what adventures are being had by other participants.
For those not familiar with geocaching, check out www.geocaching.com to learn more about this fabulous sport/hobby.
Project Time Line
Collecting Information, Imagery, & Laying the Geocaches
Though some work has already been done, there is still much to do. We estimate 7 to 11 months will be needed (depending on weather, and in some cases getting permissions) to complete our travels, finish the photography, and lay the geocaches.
After the photo-expeditions are finished, and the geocaches are laid, it should take about 6 to 9 weeks to finish up the book and get a proof copy back from the printer. If all goes well with the proof, then it should take about 3 to 9 weeks after the proof is approved (depending on # of copies) to get delivery of the print run. After which I will sign and mail out books as quickly as possible for those that purchased the hard cover photo book.
After the travels are finished, participants that paid for the Signed prints will receive an email with a link to a selection of photos to choose from. Orders for prints will be placed as responses are received. Photo Print orders are generally received from the printer within 5 to 10 business days. We will sign the backs of print orders as they come in and mail them back out as quickly as possible, generally in a “first in first out” basis.
You will Receive Stuff throughout the Duration of the Project!
There will be regular online updates throughout the life project, ranging from geocaching coordinates and hints, to photos & videos, as well as the option to purchase neat little project related products like mugs, T-shirts, cards, stamps, etc…
What if the Desired Funding Goal is not Reached? Every bit helps!
If the desired funding goal is not met, it will simply limit the scope and coverage of the project. So, there will still be an adventure to be had, a geocaching trail laid, digital materials produced, as well as a book, it will simply be at a different scale of coverage if the desired funding level goal is not reached. We also have a "Plan-B" -- i.e. we will also be seeking some commercial advertising sponsors along the way, so that should also help move the project along as well if the desired funding goal is not reached.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you want to help, but you just can't contribute at the moment, spread the word! Tell you friends about us via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc… Use the Indiegogo share tools.
You can also support the project by purchasing cool products like posters, stamps, cards, mugs, and more from our store on Zazzle (which will be updated on a regular basis during the project) or by donating bitcoin. See the links below.
If you would like to use BitCoin to purchase one of the above mentioned support tiers, use one of the links below.
We have also added the option of utilizing an installment plan for those that would prefer to spread their sponsorship payments over a few months. For more information, click the link below: