Not much of the world is left untouched, unshared or unliked these days. And with so little left for us to discover, the notion of buying a ticket and setting out for an adventure has been obstructed by booking sites, how-to guides, reviews, tour organisers – an entire industry that takes something foreign and makes it at the same time feel oddly familiar. Even our sense of chance has been catered for.
Of course, travel is not the same for everyone. Some of us scour the globe to sample another culture's food, booze and way of life, while others leave their homes to escape famine, political persecution or economic disparity. The privilege of being a tourist cannot be understated, and after we thank our lucky stars it’s hard not to think about how we might choose to explore the world in a way that’s both respectful and considered.
Why make another magazine?
80 million images are uploaded to Instagram every day. With content being created and consumed at such breakneck speed, the challenges for social media are centered around server capacity and the creation of algorithms which surface what we want to see. As storytellers in a digital revolution it’s becoming increasingly difficult to cut through the noise – so we’re slowing things down and going analogue.
We need more time for romance, innocence and the accidental. The Adventure Handbook Issue 1 is an effort to prove that there are still discoveries to be had and stories to be told. It’s a testament to the fact that imagery and writing, in the hands of inspired people, can reveal things that are valued beyond the statistics.
It will be an extremely high-quality publication and within its pages you’ll find in-depth interviews, photo essays and stories by Håkan Ludwigson, Katrin Koenning, Chiara Goia, David Alan Harvey, Eric Valli, Ying Ang, Antoine Bruy, Kanghee Kim, Benjamin Rasmussen, George Voulgaropoulos, Ché Parker, Akasha Rabut, Ériver Hijano, Alexi Hobbs and more...
What to expect
Where is the work coming from?
Issue 1 will be a super high-quality publication, printed by a German indie publishing specialist who are committed to operating on a minimal environmental footprint. They are FSC-certified, powered by renewable energy and only use petroleum free inks.
– 152 pages
– Cover: Newlinen 280gsm
– Text: Munken Cream 115gsm
– Hot foil embossing on cover
Who are we?
Based in Australia but with a global gaze, The Adventure Handbook is a rough guide to the people, places and things which challenge us to see the world differently. For three years, we’ve operated as an online and social media platform, sharing the stories of over 500 creatives from more than 60 different countries. We've also hosted events in multiple cities, worked with countless photographers and launched our own photo competition.
The pledge tiers
Where does your money go?
Why a kickstarter?
Everything we’ve done over the last three years has been supported by a community of like-minded individuals, and the same thing applies to this project. Anyone who pledges will be named as a contributor, and any supporters hitting the $150 pledge mark will have their work featured in the mag, with a folio link and our enduring gratitude. Our AHB tees are also up for grabs, as well as skateboards and fine art prints from some of our 2016 photo comp winners.
Once printed, the magazine will be distributed internationally and will retail for around AU$35, however the early birds who fund this project will get it at a reduced price of AU$30 and also receive a special thanks between it's pages.
Risks and challenges
With a project of this scale, the main challenges and risks are managing print quality. Recognising this, we’ve partnered up with a world-class indie publisher and consultant in Berlin who produce magazines such as Offscreen, Hello Mr and Dumbo Feather.
Another hurdle with magazine publishing is shipping. To ail our shipping woes, we’ve found a specialist in media product fulfilment which guarantees fast, worldwide shipping. No fuss for you, no fuss for us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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