In A Land Between Worlds: The Shifting Poetry of the Great American Landscape (2022), poet and photographer John Mack shares his vision on that part of the human condition which brings about our disconnection from nature, its further disconnection through smart devices, and provides clues that might lead us back to our natural unity with it. Covering nearly fifty of the most iconic U.S. National Parks, Mack uses poetry, landscape photography, and an interactive augmented reality app to invite us into a deep introspection about what it means to be human: What, if anything, can our national parks teach us about the nature within us? A Land Between Worlds is evidence of hope in a world where nature, freedom, love, democracy, and reality itself are under attack.
A Land Between Worlds is the official book of A Species Between Worlds: Our Nature, Our Screens. Available in signed, limited collector's editions and standard editions, the poetry book includes not only all of the exhibition's U.S. National Park images but also the project's entire collection of poems, many of which are not included in the NY exhibition.
Net proceeds of A Land Between Worlds are a charitable donation to the Life Calling Initiative.
This book works with an optional augmented reality (AR) app.
Minimum software requirements: iOS 14 or Android 8.0.
Poems and images: John Mack
Art direction: Inês Portugal
Book design: Filipa Oliveira
Cover illustration: David Leal
Graphic production: João Flecha
Digital media: Treeline Interactive - San Diego, CA
Digital image graphics: Richard P. Clark
Digital photo retouching: SugarHill Works - New York, NY / Stephen K. Mack
Printing and binding: Gráfica Maiadouro - Portugal
Standard Edition published in the U.S. by powerHouse Books
The author would like to thank all those who kindly contributed their recorded videos for the "making of" video of A Land Between Worlds.
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A pocket-sized book of thoughts, contemplations, and aphorisms, Notes to Selfie: Bits of Truth in a Phoney World addresses complex issues of human consciousness asking us to question:
Who are you in the Digital Age?
What might you become?
Are you still human, or are you already an avatar of your former Self?
Philosophical, witty, concerning, and eye-opening, the truths in Notes to Selfie serve as simple cues to deepen our understanding of our humanity vis-à-vis the relentlessly encroaching digital landscape. What introspection and awareness might such insights open for your own navigation within this unpredictable land of the near future?
Founder of the Life Calling Initiative, John Mack’s professional endeavors address the digital takeover of human consciousness, one of the most pressing issues of our times. On this topic, his creative passion has given life to multiple projects, including visual art, writing, and educational materials. Along the way he has generated a library of thoughts. In this book he shares a selection of these thoughts in the hopes to shed light on a subject where the darkness runs deeper than most assume.
Net proceeds of Notes to Selfie are a charitable donation to the Life Calling Initiative.
Copyright: John Mack
Developmental Editing: Alice Peck
Cover Design: Zana Moraes
Layout and Production: Duane Stapp
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