The everyday people we meet are the ones that teach us how to follow our hearts, inspire our dreams, and create hope for others.
This summer we will take a 35 day road trip from the southern borderlands of Arizona to the inner city of Detroit and stop in over 18 states and 29 cities to photograph and interview the individuals, couples and families that cover the land of this country. We figure that, in an election year, amid a tumultuous politics, a fearful media, and an urge to lock our doors, we want the world to know the ways in which all the people of this country continue to have hope and the reasons we all call this country home. We want to see the ways in which people look towards a brighter tomorrow and carve out their own space for today. This is a project that understands the importance of imagining different realities, and dares to ask what it is we all IMAGINE in order to give us hope. The IMAGES IN HOPE project will culminate in a book showcasing the photographs and words of the people we meet along the way. Through the efforts of this part documentary, part photography, part geographical biography project we aim to make available a modern human story of this land and country. This book will present an alternative visual story of people, their hope and imagination. It is our hope that this book will start a conversation, be used as a teaching tool, and inspire others to imagine.
When and Where
PROJECT DATES: June 29 - August 6, 2012
Phoenix, Arizona June 29
Tucson, Arizona July 2 – July 3
Las Cruces, New Mexico July 4
El Paso, Texas July 4
San Antonio, Texas July 6
Houston, Texas July 7
New Orleans, Louisiana July 8
Jackson, Mississippi July 9
Montgomery, Alabama July 10
Birmingham, Alabama July 11
Atlanta, Georgia July 12
Chattanooga, Tennessee July 13
Nashville, Tennessee July 14
Charlotte, North Carolina July 15
Richmond, Virginia July 16
Washington D.C. July 17
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania July 18
New York, New York July 19
Cleveland, Ohio July 20
Detroit, Michigan July 22
Chicago, Illinois July 26
Saint Louis, Missouri July 27
Kansas City, Missouri July 28
Denver, Colorado July 30
Trinidad, Colorado July 31
Albuquerque, New Mexico August 1
Flagstaff, Arizona August 2
Las Vegas, Nevada August 3
We are reaching out to local community networks, national networks, friends, family and new acquaintances to help us find people all over the country who are creating hope and bringing their communities closer together. We see this project as an opportunity to get to know this country more fully, and in that aim we are working to share this project as widely as possible. People will be able to follow us through our blog and share comments and ideas. People may suggest others to be photographed and we hope that many will see this project as an opportunity to tell a story. In addition we are seeking out new people and experiences through resources like Couch Surfing, so that we can make every effort to live this project with the imagination and hope we seek to find. We will be self-publishing the final book and writing teaching tools so that this book may be useful and accessible to a wide range of audiences and interests. This book will not be a comprehensive inventory of the people of this country. Instead we want to gather an expansive sampling of stories to show the depth of diversity, adventure, determination and imagination that we hold as a country; as people connected by the land we share.
This project, like so many of our ideas, started in a car. We were driving somewhere one day when Tina started talking about portraits and places. Now, we find ourselves taking a big leap to follow our dream. We have the abilities, the vision, and the passion but regardless of what we have or don’t have, following a dream is something noteworthy. It is something that takes courage and something that is talked about as unique, as crazy, as a gamble and a leap of faith. This project started with our own imagination and our hope for something more than what we have now, and we understand what it is to follow your heart and pour your passion into making this world a better place. The thing is, that we don’t see following one’s dream as something unique. For us, so many of the everyday people we meet are the ones who have taught us how to follow our hearts. It is these stories we seek to share. How we got from portraits and places to this big crazy project we can’t quite say but one thing is for sure- we are up for the challenge!
Why We Need You
In order to capture a wide and varied array of stories we need your help, your input, your sources of inspiration, and your financial support. Our personal expenses are covered but we need your help to fund the production costs to make this dream a reality. So please, follow us along the way, tell us who inspires you and why, talk about the project to friends, donate and come along for the ride.
If we don’t receive the full $9000 through pledges on Kickstarter, no donation will be charged to your account. This is done to ensure that you are funding a project that truly has the resources to succeed. If we do not receive the funding through Kickstarter we will continue the project to the best of our abilities locally and in near by states. Additionally we will continue to work with community and seek other funding sources and sponsorships for this worthwhile project.
In Kickstarter language, the donate button actually says BACK THIS PROJECT. It is a green button at the top right area of the main project page. Donating is an easy 3 step process!
Step 1: sign up for Kickstarter, all you need is an email and to create a password. They ask for your email address so that you can receive updates about the project and so that we can reach you when it is time to send you your reward.
Step 2: sign into Amazon (Kickstarter goes through Amazon so that your information stays secure and safe).
Step 3: choose your donation amount and let the anticipation build as we work towards reaching our $9000 goal. Your card will only be charged once, when we reach our $9000 goal.
Bonus: You have taken the time to help out a worthy project that will benefit your community, and ours! Congratulations on becoming a backer for the IMAGES IN HOPE project.
In choosing to support the IMAGES IN HOPE project through a donation, you are making a statement about the way you spend your money and about how important you believe this project is. In supporting this project you are playing an important role in social change. But there is more. For us, your donation does not simply fund the project, it also helps this project stay true to its aim, philosophy and mission. So far, the majority of our funders and supporters have suggested participants for the book and helped us to connect with stories around the country. This means that your donation is helping to make your community’s stories visible.
We have envisioned this project as a community building effort and felt that Kickstarter offered the greatest opportunity for community involvement in the fundraising process. We are doing our best to be intentional and thoughtful about every step of the process as we build this project into a community tool and resource. There are other funding options that are less public, less transparent, and require that we impress less people but we didn’t want to put our energy and efforts into a funding process that did not engage our friends, family and community. Therefore we have chosen Kickstarter. No funding process is perfect and we are aware that in order to participate through Kickstarter one must be computer literate, have an amazon account and a bank account with a bank card. All of these requirements can certainly be barriers to access. If you are having questions about how to use Kickstarter, please see the Kickstarter FAQ or email us directly. Also please see below for a detailed budget of the trip.
Kickstarter recommends a 30 day limit for funding projects and states that statistically, 30 day funding efforts on Kickstarter are most likely to succeed. We decided it might be a good idea to have these numbers on our side.
Printing $4000 (this amount includes the first photographer’s edition of the book and a small run (500 copies or under) of an affordable version of the book for the public, plus the e-book conversion fees)
Production $3200 (this includes every aspect of making a project like this work from domain hosting and website memory to donation processing fees, gas to reach those places outside of our personal budget, marketing, flyers, minor equipment and materials, etc)
Rental car $1800
You have until 7:36pm eastern standard time on Saturday June 23, 2012 to become a backer and join us on this incredible journey!
You can help by sharing the project with your networks, friends and family. You can suggest participants for the book. You can follow our blog and facebook page. You can start a street team to get your local community and/or city involved in the project. We have all the materials and are always available for questions. Please email us directly if you would like to be involved in making the project a success.
Generally, we are looking for individuals, couples and families that have incorporated “doing good” into their everyday lives, in interesting and creative ways. We are looking for people and stories that can help illustrate diversity, both visually from face to face and also imaginatively through varied examples of approaches to creating change, doing good and making a difference. We hope to show that making a difference in one’s community is a common thing we share and not an exceptional thing that requires special knowledge, skills, or privilege. Therefore, next to the youth organizer and the activist, we want to showcase the engineers who give their weekends, the mothers who take their children to volunteer, the foster parents, the artists who give back, the teachers that bring social justice into the classroom and the faith leaders that stand against discrimination. We need your suggestions to find these participants so please think about who inspires you, who you work with and who you see making a difference where you live.
We have chosen a route that fits with our budget and timeline and also hits as many parts of the country as possible. That being said, we aren’t going everywhere and are missing quite a few places. Our solution: feature stories and photos from individuals around the country on the project blog, imagesinhope.wordrpress.com The blog allows us to expand our capacity to capture important stories and add to the conversation- it also provides you a place to share your community, learn about others, and interact with the project as often as you like. Please consider submitting a suggestion for a blog feature by emailing us at email@example.com
Tina is a photographer with 5 years of experience and is currently pursuing an Associates of Arts degree in digital photography at Phoenix College. She formerly managed a local record label and toured nationally with the bands she managed. Angela is a writer and educator. She has finished her first year of graduate school at Arizona State University and is a trained facilitator for GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) and the Anti-Defamation League) ADL). Additionally she has a background in non-profit management, community organizing and marketing.
No we are not but we do share the creative work fairly equally. Tina handles the photos, with frequent input from Ang about backgrounds, angles, etc. Ang handles the interviews and writing, with frequent input and editorial help from Tina.
Become a funder and help make this wonderful project happen, of course! Currently, only the photographer's edition of the e-book and hard cover print versions are available on Kickstarter. Once we find a local publisher who can work with our reasonable budget, we will be printing a small run (under 1000 copies) of a soft-cover edition of the book that will be available and affordable to everyone. However, we will only be able to do this if we reach our funding goal of $9000.
We are self-publishing the book and will be using My Publisher for the first photographer’s edition.
Couchsurfing refers to moving from place to place, or couch to couch. It can be the means by which someone lives and in some instances reflects a lack of any stationary location, like a house or apartment of one’s own. Regardless of the particular necessity of traveling by couchsurfing it also reflects understandings of kindness and humanity that lie behind the act of opening one’s home, sharing one’s food and being kind. It also refers to an international community of travelers, started in 1999. Additionally it is an economical option that leaves a smaller carbon footprint. We choose to join the couchsurfing community and use couchsurfing as our primary source for accommodations because we see it as an opportunity to view many of the communities we are photographing from a first-hand perspective. If the project is about bringing communities together and incorporating doing good into every day life through imagination and hope then we see couchsurfing as a way for us to incorporate these goals as a part of the methodology behind the trip.
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