Kauai "Prints for Ryan"

November 26, 2014  •  8 Comments

Aloha and thank you for your interest in the Kauai series!  I'll try to turn a long story into a short one.  (UPDATES below)

Objective:  To sell prints.
Why:  To help send a friend's family to Kauai once their kid's leukemia treatment is complete, and donate an equal sum to the Phoenix Children's Hospital, Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders.
How:  Proceeds will be split 3 ways.  Ryan's family, the hospital and myself.
 

A Symphony in GreenA Symphony in GreenLimited prints are being sold for the "Prints for Ryan" project. Find out more here.
A Symphony in Green: Photographs from Kauai is now available! More here.

 

For months my wife and I were planning a trip to Kauai.  We prepared meticulously before we left, plotting locations to see and trails to hike.  Our goal was to have a wonderful honeymoon, while my other goal was to shoot some great photos and offer prints.  We were so excited and everything was going great, then right before we left we got a phone call.

My good friend's 2 1/2 year old son had been diagnosed with Leukemia.  Things are as good as they can be but they have a long road ahead and some tough treatment.  This friend of mine is the most honorable man I know and my dear friend since we were 4 years old.  He's been a fighting hero for the country, written about in books for his bravery, featured on TV for his sacrifices and he made it back home in one piece (albeit with a few donor bones) only to have this happen.

My wife and I flew to Kauai and were instantly transported to paradise.  Nothing could have prepared us for such a visual feast.  When we stepped out of the airport, we felt like everything was an arboretum.  When we flew around in a helicopter, we felt like we saw the Garden of Eden.  When we shared tea and nuts every afternoon with a wild, one-legged dove, I was David Attenborough.  The island healed our weary souls and nourished our smoggy eyes, and we were feeling better than we had in years.

 

Wainiha River ValleyWainiha River ValleyLimited prints are being sold for the "Prints for Ryan" project. Find out more here.
A Symphony in Green: Photographs from Kauai is now available! More here.

One evening we were gawking at how beautiful everything is, how nice all the people are and how everyone should experience a place like this.  Then we mentioned how my friend and his family should come out here and that the island magic would do them good.  We joked that if we could, we would fly them out in a heartbeat.  Then it hit me... 

I'll sell prints just the same only with proceeds going to them and the hospital!
 

The Kalalau Trail 2The Kalalau Trail 2"One of the most famous hikes in all Hawaii - 11 Miles of switchbacks, hills and beautiful scenery. Much of the trail is narrow and not without hazards… The first two miles of the trail leads to Hanakapi'ai Beach... There are plenty of slippery and muddy sections, and the second mile is steep downhill (and tough coming back up). It's tricky in spots if you're a beginner hiker, but it's worth it. The views along the coast are exceptional."
- From the good people at The Ultimate Kauai Book.

Limited prints are being sold for the "Prints for Ryan" project. Find out more here.
A Symphony in Green: Photographs from Kauai is now available! More here.

Therefore, all my best Kauai images are for sale as fine art prints and I'll split all proceeds with Ryan's family and the hospital.

My goal is this:

 

Na Pali Coast 1Na Pali Coast 1"The magnificent cliffs of Na Pali beckon you with their sheer majesty… This is an area where razor-thin, almost two-dimensional mountains rise parallel to each other, leaving impossibly tall and narrow valleys between them."
- From the good people at The Ultimate Kauai Book.

Limited prints are being sold for the "Prints for Ryan" project. Find out more here.
A Symphony in Green: Photographs from Kauai is now available! More here.

From Ryan's parents, Matt & Noemia.

"Ryan was born on January 3, 2012, by all measures a healthy kid.  After his second birthday we began to notice some changes that at first seemed like no big deal but drastically changed for the worse.  Ryan initially began complaining of leg pain that progressed to difficulties with walking to the point of crawling again.  He went from being a very active kid who loved being outside to wanting to do nothing more than watch TV.  By the time enough red flags were raised for the doctors to draw blood, he was severely anemic, and had very little immune system and clotting ability left.  Ryan was quickly rushed to Phoenix Children's Hospital in Arizona where he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Leukemia is a type of blood cancer that affects the white blood cells, specifically lymphocytes.  Just like any other cancer, the effected cells rapidly grow and are unchecked by normal regulatory processes.  In the case of leukemia, the leukemia cells that are produced are not functional white blood cells and therefore unable to play any role in fighting infections.  These leukemia cells, as well as all other white blood cells, are produced in the same areas of the body as red blood cells and platelets.  Due to the leukemia cells rapid growth rate, all other cells being produced are prematurely released into the body where they are broken down, resulting in a decreased number of red blood cells (anemia), decreased platelets (clotting problems resulting in increased bleeding), and a decrease in functional white blood cells resulting in the bodies inability to mount an immune response to fight off infections.

No time was wasted.  Ryan was admitted to the children’s oncology floor at Phoenix Children’s Hospital where a port was placed for long-term IV access and transfusions of red blood cells and platelets were initiated as well as chemotherapy.  Ryan's initial hospital stay was seven days.  Treatment at this time entails weekly clinic visits for chemo administration, lab testing, and transfusions if necessary.  Ryan is currently six months into his three and a half year treatment, and thankfully, responding well."

RyanWhen I last saw him, when he was diagnosed, and now (Nov. 2014).

 

I'm only one man and what I can do is limited.  Is it a bit odd to sell photos of an island to benefit a family and hospital thousands of miles away in the desert?  Maybe, but something tells me to give it a go.

 

Tree TunnelTree Tunnel"When Walter Duncan McBryde was landscaping his home in the early 1900s, he found that he had over 500 eucalyptus trees left over. He donated these trees, called swamp mahogany, to the county. Many residents showed up to help plant the trees. The result is the Tree Tunnel."
- From the good people at The Ultimate Kauai Book.

Limited prints are being sold for the "Prints for Ryan" project. Find out more here.
A Symphony in Green: Photographs from Kauai is now available! More here.

If you have been to Kauai, I hope my work takes you back.  If you haven't been there, it really looks like that.  It's a true memory-burn, once-in-a-lifetime experience and will make you want to give it all up for a juice stand on the side of the highway.

 

Mt. Wai'ale'aleMt. Wai'ale'ale"The reality of Kaua'i is that it gets more rain than the other Hawaiian Islands. In fact, the rainiest spot on earth is smack dab in the middle of the island. Mount Wai'ale'ale is the undisputed year-round rain magnet, receiving and average of 432 inches per year over the past 70 years, which is a staggering 36 feet annually…. The mountain is shaped like a funnel pointing directly into the moisture-laden trade winds, which are forced to drop their precious cargo during their march up the slopes."
- From the good people at The Ultimate Kauai Book.

Limited prints are being sold for the "Prints for Ryan" project. Find out more here.
A Symphony in Green: Photographs from Kauai is now available! More here.


If anyone loves Kauai, the islands or helping good people please consider buying a print.
Read on for details.  To buy, please contact me.  For any questions don't hesitate to contact me or leave a comment below.

Thank you & Mahalo

 

* In case you're wondering, Matt was in Col. Oliver North's book "American Heroes in Special Operations", the 60 Minutes piece "Green Berets Recount Deadly Taliban Ambush", and countless newspaper articles.
** Why the hospital?  Ryan is participating in a study that will not benefit himself but kids in the future, and his parents only agreed to this because they feel the doctors are wonderful people doing everything they can to help kids.  So I figured if they are doing everything they can to help the ones I love, I'll do what I can to help them, too.

 

The Prints

There are 12 images in the Kauai series and once they are sold out they will never be printed the same again.

  •  Images are prepared individually in a lab on a large format Epson 9900 printer.
  •  Prints are made on Epson Cold Press Natural Matte 340gsm Fine Art photo paper (an acid-free, 100% cotton rag media with a bright textured finish).
  •  Prints are offered in 2 sizes:

    Small, 9x13" -  $150.  Edition of 25.   (The paper is 9x13", the image is 8x12" with a 1/2" border)

    Medium, 13x19" -  $250.  Edition of 25.   (The paper is 13x19", the image is 12x18" with a 1/2" border)

  •  Each print is signed and numbered.
  •  Shipping included for delivery anywhere in the US (no international delivery at this time).
  •  Framing:  I recommend www.framedestination.com, Aaron's Brothers or your local art framer.

 

Kauai Fine Art Prints. 9x13" and 13x19" available.

A 13x19" print of Na Pali Coast 1. One of my favorites.

 

Guarantee

-  Satisfaction
I'm sure you will love your new print.  However, since most people only see the computer image, if the print is not what you expected for some reason I offer a 30 day guarantee.  Just let me know, send it back in the same condition and I'll refund 100% of the print cost minus shipping.
-  No fading or color shifts
These are museum-grade, gallery-level prints made with archival paper and inks and meant to last at least 100 years under normal conditions.  I will replace any print displayed under normal conditions that has faded during the lifetime of the original owner.
-  Delivery Excellence
I've never had a problem with shipping but if the print arrives damaged in any way, let me know and send it back for a replacement.

 

An 9x13" of The Kalalau Trail. I love the small size and get mesmerized staring into them.

Print quality & detail? Check! *Jared Schoenemann shall not be held liable in the event of any damages resulting from becoming stunned, stupefied, anesthetized or lobotomized by the beauty of the prints. *That includes hypnotized, mesmerized or tranquilized.

 

Summary

I'm just a photographer who got a bad call one day and thought of a way to help some good friends.  I think, at some point, most of us that create things ultimately feel it's pointless to create those things if they don't do any good.  If I can sell enough prints to send the family on vacation, help out the hospital and do some good, that would really be something. 

For any questions, don't hesitate to contact me or leave a comment below.


Thank you & Mahalo

 

Update: 

January 16th, 2015

1.  A sincere thank you.
I just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone for the support shown so far.  The project is going great and the response has been better than I had hoped.

2.  A visit with Ryan & Co.
My wife and I just got back from a visit to the family and had a wonderful time.  Ryan looks good and is definitely a kick in the pants.  Here's a recent one of the little guy (who's starting to look no-so-little), shot on his 3rd birthday.

RyanOn his 3rd birthday.

Thanks for reading!


Comments

8.Jared Schoenemann
Thanks Theodore. I hope so too.
7.Theodore K. Mullins(non-registered)
"I think, at some point, most of us that create things ultimately feel it's pointless to create those things if they don't do any good."
So true. Keep up the good work. I hope you can make it happen.
6.Jared Schoenemann
Thanks Shasta! Thanks for your support.
5.Shasta P(non-registered)
Just saw your Tree Tunnel print from a friend and it's absolutely beautiful. Would love to get one of my own.
4.Jared Schoenemann
Hi Nancy - I think I do remember you but it has been a long time. Thank you for your kinds words and support!

Hi Faby - Gracias por sus amables palabras. He oído hablar mucho de ti y esperamos contar con su presencia. Gracias!

Hi Ma - Thank you so much! A beautiful 12x18" of The Kalalau Trail, #1/25, will be in your hands in about a week. Please come back and let me know what you think about it.
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