Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Back To The Wild: The Photographs And Writings Of Christopher McCandless

"The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun." ~Christopher McCandless

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce new information about the forthcoming DVD and book, "Back To The Wild: The Photographs And Writings Of Christopher McCandless". There will be over 300 photographs that Chris took on his odyssey of self-discovery and exploration from 1990-1992.

The official release date for the book and DVD is June 15th, 2011!!

There will be writings from Chris and those who knew and were close to him. All of these materials cohere together to form a portrait of a unique and gifted young man, a man who has touched countless people with his story and life. This book will allow readers to follow in Chris's footsteps as he chronicled his adventures with camera and pen, living life on the cusp of the unknown. You will meet the friends that he met and made, seeing them as he saw them along the open road that he followed so faithfully. 

From the moment I saw Chris's photographs when I visited Walt and Billie in Virginia I was deeply moved...something had to be done with these beautiful images. The world needed to see Chris's vision through is own eyes. I have created and am still working on a body of work surrounding Chris's story and have created paintings based on some of his photographs.

I have an upcoming exhibition of paintings inspired by the life and travels of Christopher McCandless. The exhibition will have its opening reception on June 3rd from 7-10pm. I will also be at the gallery on Saturday, June 4th from 2-4pm for guests who were not able to make the opening reception the night before. I hope to see you there! To see the full selection of available paintings related to Chris's story please visit my website here!

Chris's Pack, Stampede Trail, oil on panel, 24"x36"

An Aesthetic Voyage:
Painting Inspired By The Life And Travels
 Of Christopher McCandless

June 3-18th, 2011

Opening Reception June 3rd, 7-10pm
June 4th, Artist in attendance from 2-4pm 

If you are interested in any of these paintings you can contact the gallery toll-free at 
1-866-844-4481 or at mail@abbozzogallery.com 

"Diary Of A Supertramp (study)", oil on panel, 8"x10"

"To The Sea", oil on canvas, 24"x36"

"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth."~Henry David Thoreau

I recently visited Bus 142 on the Stampede Trail where Chris spent his final four months in the summer of 1992. I had last visited this special place 2 years previously. Here are a few photographs that I shot while there. 

Most of the windows are smashed now but efforts have been made to 
place cardboard over them, keeping the elements at bay a bit.

The suitcase left in the bus by Chris's parents is still there, 
along with his bible from when he was a child.

I gathered a small bunch of wildflowers and placed them by
the plaque that Walt and Billie had installed years ago.

           Eventually it was time to leave, but it had been wonderful to return for awhile...

Have a beautiful day and I will post more updates soon!!



leslie said...

your devotion to his memory is inspirational! lovely!!

Melody said...

This is sooooo exciting Heather. As a huge fan of Chris and his vision I can't wait to see the book. An inspiration that will keep his journey alive for all of us.

Anonymous said...

i just read into the wild this summer. I´ll watch the film tomorrow, and look fordward to read the book you talk about.
I´m facinated.
Do you know the date the book will be on sale?
thank and I apologise because of my english.

Anonymous said...

i just read into the wild this summer. I´ll watch the film tomorrow, and look fordward to read the book you talk about.
I´m facinated.
Do you know the date the book will be al the shops?
thank and I apologise because of my english.

Unknown said...

Thank-you all for your thoughtful comments...It is a very exciting and meaningful project. We cannot wait to bring his own photographs and words out into the world for all to see!

Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions if you have them. We do not have a solid date for the release of the DVD/book yet but I will DEFINITELY post it here when we do!

Be well and share some happiness,


Anonymous said...

Wow. I just discovered this! I can't believe there will soon be a book about him that is even more personal!
I know there is no solid date, but will it at least be this year? I cannot wait to see his writings and photographts!!


Unknown said...

Hello Megs,

Thanks for your comment! Yes! The book/dvd will be amazing...including his writings/doodles/photographs, narration (on the dvd) and other wonderful things! Look for the DVD first and then the book. Please feel free to follow this blog, our twitter or the Facebook group, or just email me if you wish. Thanks again and we are looking forward to bringing this project out into the world!



Denise said...

Wow! I just added you on facebook Heather, I absolutely love your work and I thought I'd pick a link of yours to see some other stuff by you! How are you affiliated with Christopher McCandless? Love your pictures, I can't even express in words how I feel when I think of what he did, and why he did it! It's everything! Thanks for all the great posts! And the amazing art work!

Denise :)

Unknown said...

Good morning Denise,

Many thanks for your great comments! I appreciate you taking the time and interest in my work and Chris's story! I came to be involved in the project through my art and a wonderful friendship evolved with Chris's folks and myself. The rest is history! :)

Thank-you for the Facebook add and keep in touch!


Anonymous said...

I just saw the film "In To The Wild" this weekend and have been so moved by this story. When will the book be published?and will it be available in England? Your artwork is beautiful.

Unknown said...

Good day Kim,

Yes! The book will definitely be available in the U.K. We are anticipating for a global availability.

The DVD will be out first, and we are projecting a release time of within the next four months I think? I don't have an exact time for you but around then. The book has started production but that will be out after the DVD. We like the fact that they will be very different experiences but also similar. The DVD will have narration yet the book will perhaps invite more contemplation as something to pick up and sit with.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for your interest/support in the project :) Feel free to click the link in my latest blog post to read about the hike into Bus 142. ~Heather

Natalie Lucier said...

I am so very excited about your project and looking forward to seeing the new DVD and book come out... I am such a big fan of Into the Wild... I have been meaning to shoot you an e-mail...I love your work it is very inspirational.

All the best,

Unknown said...

Fantastic Heather, simple fantastic.
I'm very much looking forward to seeing the photos taken by Crhis, and reading through his personal thoughts.
Thankyou so much!

Anonymous said...


A said...

I stumbled upon your entry while doing a search for Christpher McCandless. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to hoepfully soon getting the new book.