Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A photo series capturing the people we meet when we ride our bicycles really, really far.
A photo series capturing the people we meet when we ride our bicycles really, really far.
116 backers pledged $7,426 to help bring this project to life.

About

Miles of Portraits: A Magazine and Film project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$7,426

116

If you ever doubt such thing as kindness in strangers, hop on a bike. 
(Jim Quinlan, The Green Saddle)


A message from Annalisa
Last summer, Erik and I biked across America on the TransAmerica Trail. I took pictures of the people I met along the way in a series called Miles of Portraits. The collection’s founding was inspired by my favorite part of bike travel – the people. Especially after the divisive U.S. presidential election of 2016, it was refreshing to experience firsthand the generosity and warmth that fills this country.

Erik and I realized that this series is the perfect vehicle to get to know a place and celebrate the ways the bicycle brings people together. We’ve biked across the contiguous United States – so we’re continuing on to Alaska! This July, we’ll be cycling 1,000 miles there and snapping more portraits; putting a face to this faraway state. I’ll focus on taking the pictures while Erik will focus on shooting a short film of these spontaneous interviews. This will be the second installment of a series we hope to take around the world.

Stretch goal added!
If we reach $8000, we're buying a drone to further document our Alaska journey. We're excited to give our short film another dimension and share footage throughout the trip!


The Magazine

Following the trip, we'll be producing two magazines. The first, 4,000 Miles of Portraits – America, will showcase portrait highlights from the bike trip that started it all. The second, 1,000 Miles of Portraits – Alaska, will contain photographs of the people (and creatures!) we will meet on our Alaska ride. In the grand scheme of things, these two will be the start of a series of portrait booklets from around the globe.

The following are sample magazine spreads.
8" x 8" | 32 – 60 pages


Highlights from
4,000 Miles of Portraits – America

Rob Demetriou | Henrico, VA
We met Rob at Willis United Methodist Church — our home for the night. He’s another TransAmer from London who is a lot of things; a nurse, a triathlete, an ironman, and an amateur bike mechanic. He’s got 10 bikes in his apartment and his girlfriend is not happy about it. He flew in from England yesterday and has already got about 130 miles down.

The Wolthuis Family | Bendavis, MO
The Wolthuis family, owners of the Ben Davis Store, has nearly blue eyes all-around. Alannah, the one in the Minnie Mouse dress was a true kid and asked me every possible question about my bike trip. James, in yellow, frequently rings up customers and has taken charge of the cyclist guest book. 

Kitty Barks | Jackson, MT
Kitty Barks has come a long way. She's gone from living in her car to finding an apartment and landing a job at the post office. She married into her last name and kept it when she got divorced — because how could you not?

The Armenta Family | Roosevelt, WA
Brenda, Adriana, Brian, and Herado live just across the street from the massive Columbia River — and what a backyard it is! On this 104° day, the family was splashing around and hunting for water worms.

Jeff Link | Roosevelt, WA
It's 4 p.m. but Jeff's eating breakfast. He works 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at a methane plant where he helps convert garbage into electricity.



The Team 

Six years after my type 1 diabetes diagnosis, I finally started to seek out others with the condition. I joined a Meetup group and met Erik at a potluck on my father's roof. Right off the bat, it was clear the boy had a thirst for adventure. Two years later, we had coffee and he told me that a layoff had prompted him to let go of his apartment lease. He was planning to rent a van, drive around the country, and talk to as many diabetics as he could (an idea that later came into fruition in the form of The Diabadass Tour). Having been recently laid off myself, it got me thinking – why can't I do something like that? Like, I don't know, bike across the country again? Five months later, we grabbed our bikes and did exactly that.

Erik Douds
I'm an endurance athlete and global traveler with type 1 diabetes striving to show that we can go anywhere and do anything. I've traveled to the border of South Sudan and Ethiopia, hiked parts of the Te Araroa trail in New Zealand, and biked 6,000 miles across and down America. My stories, tips, and adventures can be found online at diabadass.com.
Instagram | YouTube

Annalisa van den Bergh
I was born and raised in NYC by a Dutch father and a Venezuelan mother. Last year, PTSD from my mom’s passing prompted me to take advantage of my own health and cycle across America. It was the best decision I've ever made and the most cathartic way I could have honored her. The trip reignited my love for bike travel and an aversion to desk jobs. So I founded Work From Bike (WFB), a visual storytelling studio on wheels. Learn more at workfrombike.com.
Instagram | Medium 

Follow @milesofportraits on Instagram!

The Alaska Route


Press

180º of Impact (x2)
Adventure Cycling
Beyond Type 1 (x2)
Far Ride Magazine
Mic
NowThis
Our RISD
Pearl Izumi
Society of Sound
Teen Treks
The Bravest Life (x2)
The Daily Beast
The Pedalshift Project (x2)
The Sprocket Podcast (x2)
The Washington Post

Risks and challenges

If we don't reach our funding goal, your credit card won't be charged. If we do, the process of printing the magazines and editing the film is pretty straightforward. I'm a graphic designer and have experience printing books. Erik is a videographer and YouTuber so we feel confident about the two major parts of this project.

Biking and documenting can be a handful. We've learned that from our cross-country trip. That's why we are giving ourselves five weeks in Alaska. We'll have enough time to bike, chat with locals, basecamp in Anchorage, and document our journey.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Our Gratitude

    Don't have the money but want to chip in? Every bit helps in making this happen!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    8 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Digital Diary

    Receive behind-the-scenes footage, a sneak peek of the film, and an early digital download of the magazine.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    1,000 Miles of Portraits – Alaska

    Receive the Alaska magazine plus early film access.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    22 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    4,000 Miles of Portraits – America

    Receive the America magazine plus early film access.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    14 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    Two-Pack of Magazines

    Receive both of the magazines and early film access.

    Signed upon request.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    27 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $90 or more About $90

    Printed Photo Series

    A high quality 10" x 10" three print series perfect for decorating interiors like bike shops.

    Signed upon request.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    NYC Dinner

    Attend a private dinner with us in NYC following the trip and hear about our stories in person.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Sponsor

    Be an official sponsor of this project and a business who made this Alaska trip possible.

    You will get exposure on our social media channels, an Instagram takeover, and photography to use in future media content.

    Your logo will appear in the magazine and film.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $700 or more About $700

    Wholesale

    20 two-packs (40 total) magazines.

    Perfect for bookstores, outdoor stores, company gifts, etc.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Gold Sponsor

    1,000 dollars for 1,000 miles!

    Your logo will be front and center.

    Be a title sponsor of the magazine and short film. Get your brand noticed in the cycling community.

    You will get a mention on Erik's YouTube channel or an additional piece of custom content for your company's blog.

    Receive shout-outs across our social media channels.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (31 days)