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A photobook documenting a five month journey across Africa, highlighting the real Africa, as well as its wildlife and landscapes.
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Between November 2017 and March 2018, I spent five months traveling overland across Africa.  Three of the five months were spent with an overland truck tour company.  Starting in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, I followed the Nile down to the Sudan, then across to Ethiopia.  From there I ventured into Kenya, then Uganda and Rwanda, and back into Kenya.  I continued into Tanzania, with a stop in Zanzibar, then over to Malawi and Zimbabwe, before flying to Namibia for a self-drive tour.  My journey would then end in the South African coastal city of Cape Town.

I'd visited various parts of Africa before this trip, and became very fascinated with the African continent and had a strong desire to explore it more.  The idea of journeying across Africa, north to south, fuelled my passion for wanderlust.

My travel photography book project, Everyday Africa, documents this journey through beautiful photographs of the ever changing landscapes, glorious wildlife, and diverse peoples and cultures.  Traveling overland from country-to-country provides an opportunity to truly see the subtle and dramatic shifts in the demographics of each nation.  There were many long driving days, and with an open-air overland vehicle, I made the most of my time to capture the authentic comings-and-goings of urban and rural life, from the villages of sub-Saharan Africa to the towns of Swahili-speaking East Africa.

overland truck travel and bush camping in the Sudan
overland truck travel and bush camping in the Sudan

With this photo book, I want to show people how beautiful the real Africa is, and how Africans, north to south, east to west, live their lives everyday.  You get a real sense for local life by seeing the different markets, eateries and cafes, the assortment of roadside businesses catering to a variety of people's needs, and the domestic routines performed on a daily basis beside the road and along waterways.

rural Ethiopia
rural Ethiopia
Bahir Dar market, central Ethiopia
Bahir Dar market, central Ethiopia
roadside cafe in Cairo, Egypt
roadside cafe in Cairo, Egypt

While everyday life in Africa is a major focus of the book, I have also highlighted the remarkable historical and natural sights along my journey, as well as the many opportunities for game viewing in parks like the Serengeti and Maasai Mara, and around lakes such as Nakuru and Naivasha.

Church of St. George, Lalibela, Ethiopia
Church of St. George, Lalibela, Ethiopia
Giraffe in the Serengeti, Tanzania
Giraffe in the Serengeti, Tanzania

This book details what life is like in Everyday Africa, and for five months, everyday of my life was in Africa. 


The Book

By way of Kickstarter, I am 'crowdfunding' to generate support for the self-publication of my travel photography book project, entitled Everyday Africa.  Supporters of the project will 'pledge' for the project campaign, and will be rewarded with a copy of the book, and/or with prints and postcards.  The campaign is only successful if the campaign goal is reached and the project is fully funded.

The book is available in two hardcover sizes, a full 13x11" version, and an easier to handle, more compact and affordable 10x8" edition.  Each book has 230+ pages of beautiful vibrant colourful images, printed on 100# premium lustre paper.  The larger book weighs a hefty 5.2 lbs, and the smaller book weighs approx 3 lbs.  There are several informative mini anecdotes accompanying many of the photos.

An ebook version is also available.

13x11" version, front and back covers
13x11" version, front and back covers
The Great Pyramids of Giza near Cairo, Egypt
The Great Pyramids of Giza near Cairo, Egypt
local markets in the Sudan
local markets in the Sudan
wildlife in Kenya
wildlife in Kenya
Mursi tribe in southern Ethiopia
Mursi tribe in southern Ethiopia
Gorilla trekking in Uganda
Gorilla trekking in Uganda
local life in the streets of Stone Town, Zanzibar
local life in the streets of Stone Town, Zanzibar

Prints

Images in the book are available as prints in three sizes - 8x12", 12x18" and 16x24", on premium lustre paper with a matte finish - fingerprint and glare resistant.

Choose from any image in the book.  A gallery displaying all the images in the book will be available to view by backers, after the campaign is complete.

red dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia
red dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia
flamingos over Lake Nakuru, Kenya
flamingos over Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Hot Air Ballooning over the Nile at Luxor, Egypt
Hot Air Ballooning over the Nile at Luxor, Egypt
Zebra in the Serengeti, Tanzania
Zebra in the Serengeti, Tanzania
sunset over Stone Town, Zanzibar
sunset over Stone Town, Zanzibar

Postcards

A full set of 25, or a themed set of 5 4x6" postcards are available, printed on premium card stock with a beautiful gloss finish.  Themes include Egypt, Ethiopia, Namibia, wildlife and mixed landscapes. 

About the Photographer

Jeffrey Chan is a freelance photographer from Toronto, Canada traveling the world.  He has been shooting full-time since 2010, after quitting his 9-5 desk job to follow his passions.  After visiting Namibia and Botswana on a shorter two and a half week overland tour in October 2009, he was inspired to explore more of Africa.  Please visit his website to see photos from his previous adventures.

Everyday Africa is his first photobook project.

Risks and challenges

The book is mostly complete. All of the photos have been edited, the text has been written and a proof copy of the book has been received. I have made every effort to minimize risks and challenges for this project. From the end of the campaign, I've also allotted a reasonable amount of time to have the books printed and shipped out for delivery by summer 2019.

The biggest risk and challenge is having an insufficient number of backers for the project to meet the campaign's funding goals, but I've set a modest target which I think will be achievable, to allow me to have this book printed at a reasonable cost.

As a self-published book, it is very low volume and thus only available to a limited exclusive audience.

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