Chuck Heath Jr. Kickstarts “Wild Alaska”

December 29th, 2014 • iizthatiiz

Chuck Heath Jr. has announced the launch of an exciting new project.  “Wild Alaska” will be high quality coffee table book featuring photographs of Alaska’s endless beauty.


About this project

As a fifty year Alaska resident, I’ve spent most of my life enjoying everything this great state has to offer. In the past few years, I’ve started seriously photographing some of Alaska’s splendor and sharing it with others.

I come from a family of photographers… my grandfather was a Hollywood photographer (he was Shirley Temple’s personal photographer) and my father took cover shots for Alaska Magazine and other Alaska publications.

I am currently writing feature articles for The Last Frontier Magazine ( and I’ve recently completed a book on the history of Alaska gold mining. You can see a sample of my work by clicking on “photos” on my Facebook page: chuck heath jr.

I’ve come to Kickstarter for three reasons: number one, I thoroughly enjoy sharing Alaska’s beauty with others; number two: I’ve been asked numerous times to put out a coffee table book with my Alaska photos; number three: funds raised will allow me to publish the quality product I envision, and let the donors be a part of it. (Source: Wild Alaska Kickstarter page)


What is Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you!

Since our launch on April 28, 2009, over $1 billion has been pledged by more than 5 million people, funding more than 60,000 creative projects.  (source:

How does Kickstarter work?

Thousands of projects are funding on Kickstarter at any given moment. Each project is independently created and crafted by the person behind it. The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control and responsibility over their projects.

Every project creator sets their project’s funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers’ credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. (source:


Backers can fund Wild Alaska at any level they choose, from $1.00 on up.  Pledges at different levels will come with certain perks and rewards.

Pledge $10 or more: These donors will be credited in a section titled: “Arctic Foxes”

Pledge $25 or more: “Moose” will have their names listed in the secondary credits, and will be given priority when ordering the limited supplies of books printed.

Pledge $100 or more: Receive an autographed copy of the book with your name prominently displayed in the opening credits and listed as a “Grizzly.”

Pledge $250 or more: Receive a copy of the book personally autographed by the author/photographer and an extra special Alaskan gift. Your name will be listed first as a “Polar Bear” donor.

Pledge $1,000 or more: Receive an two autographed copies of the book, a signed canvas print, and a 1/4 ounce vial of Alaskan gold (mined by me and my father). Your name will be listed as a “Gold Rush” donor.

Pledge $2,500 or more: Receive four autographed books, a signed canvas print, a 1/4 ounce vial of Alaskan gold mined by my father and me, your name listed at the top of the credits as a “Denali Donor”, and a guided photography/gold panning trip in south-central Alaska (airfare not/hotel not included).

All pledges will not be charged until the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign on February 17th, 2015, and funding will only be collected if the project reaches it’s funding goal of $30,000.

Learn more about Kickstarter by visiting the sites FAQ page.


Here are some examples of photographs Chuck has shared on his Facebook page taken with what he describes as “a simple point-and-shoot camera.”  We can only imagine the vivid imagery his keen eye will capture with professional grade equipment.


Rugged Matanuska Valley peaks with fall foliage in the foreground. (photo courtesy of Chuck Heath Jr.)
In the moments before dark… Anchorage, Alaska. 11/26/14 (photo courtesy Chuck Heath Jr.)
Flat top Mountain tonight. 10/14/14 (photo courtesy Chuck Heath Jr.)
Ice spires on on the Matunuska Glacier. 10/13/13 (photo courtesy of Chuck Heath Jr.
Here’s a sunset picture taken last spring over Cook Inlet. (photo courtesy Chuck Heath Jr.)
Hole in Heaven’s floor. Cook Inlet, Alaska 9/3/13 (photo courtesy Chuck Heath Jr.)
Fly Fishermen on Summit Lake. 9/19/14 (photo courtesy Chuck Heath Jr.)
From the north end of the Anchorage Int. Airport this evening at Point Wornzoff (photo courtesy Chuck Heath Jr.)
The Anchorage hillside. 10/6/14 (photo courtesy Chuck Heath Jr.)


Sunset over Fire Island, Alaska, tonight. 9/11/13 (photo courtesy Chuck Heath Jr.)


Visit this prior post, “Alaska Through The Lens of Chuck Heath Jr.” to see more fine images

See all of Chucks photo’s on his Facebook page

Make a pledge to help fund “Wild Alaska” on Kickstarter


**poster’s note: This author has made a pledge to fund this project and hopes that you can too!


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