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Melrakki, the icelandic arctic fox

A photography book about the arctic fox of Iceland.

Sobre el proyecto

Breaking news! 10 hours before the end of the countdown, our project just passed the 130% ! It means we will be able to pay the post to get the books to your home ! And add a little extra in the box with every book :) But let's be a bit more crazy now. If we get to 150%, we promise you to add an extra 16 pages in the book, so that even more arctic foxes can fit in ! So keep on sharing and following the project!

« Melrakki » … what is it ?

Melrakki is the Icelandic word for arctic fox, and can be roughly translated to "little dog of the rocks". An Icelandic title because all the pictures of the book have been taken in Iceland, where we have spent lots of time during the last years to study and photograph this amazing animal. The arctic fox is the only native mammal of Iceland, and a very important link of the country's ecosystem. A fragile link, threatened by global warming and hunted by men in most of his territories. This book is a tribute to the animal and a claim for his protection.

It took Philippe 4 years to take all the pictures that were necessary to print this book. Lots of hours of organization for every week spent on a harsh field, looking for foxes territories, watching them in a distance in the cold, rain and snow, in the hope of some elusive meetings with the animal. The book shows all those moments, and the meeting with some other species who share the arctic fox life, in the special atmosphere of the Icelandic Westfjords.  

In addition to this, the books introduction will be written by Ester Rut Unnsteinsdottir, an eminent specialist of the arctic fox at the Icelandic Institute of Natural History.

A high-end manufacturing.

To show all the beauty of the animal and his land, we needed a special book. The manufacturing will be very qualitative: 30x24 cm size, printed hard cover and 80 pages of thick paper. The Polar Rough paper from Arctic paper is a reference for the printing of art books, and comes from responsible forestry (FSC label). The book will be printed and assembled in France, in one of the country's best printshop.

Each photo will be printed on a single page and in a large format. The introduction text will be displayed in French, English and Icelandic languages, as the book will be distributed in Iceland, at the Arctic Fox Centre boutique. A special reward is proposed from book sales to help the centre in financing its studies on the animal.

What's your interest in funding this project ?

First of all, you're not just giving money. You buy a beautiful book, made in small quantity, with a top quality. You buy the book for cheaper than its normal price after the official launch (about 20% off). You can also choose special packages, like limited edition of the book or of a high quality print of a picture from the book. Whatever way you decide to go, you'll be part of a great project !

By the way, it is very important that you fill out properly all the info when you participate (name, adress, etc), so that we can contact you and send your books or other rewards !

When will you get your reward ?

Postcards will be send before the summer. The books are supposed to be delivered in September or October, as a lot of work is still needed for layout, ordering paper, printing and shipping ! 

Para qué es la financiación

All the funds will go into the printing of the books. We run this crowdfunding as a presale, that will ensure the minimal number of books necessary for the printshop to be able to start the production. The amount matches the minimal order amount of the printshop. Any extra will allow us to print more books, or add some extra features.

Sobre el creador de proyecto

Madeleine is a lover of books and Iceland. That's why she decided to start this adventure and the "Editions Explographe" (Explographer Publications). For this first book, she decided to introduce the photographic work of Philippe on the arctic fox. Philippe has already published various reports about the Icelandic fauna and nature in several french magazines, and some of his pictures has been rewarded and exhibited in major photography festivals such as Montier-en-Der (FR) or Namur (BEL).

We hope this book project will make you feel like you're travelling with us ! 

Link to Philippe's nature photography website

Link to our blog of Icelandic adventures (in french)