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Once per week for a year we’ll publish 1 tale about the essence of America with artistic photographs and we'll print them in a book.

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT   

Ameressence combines words and images to narrate the everyday of people in different parts of America. It’s our reflexion on how the simple and ordinary moments of people’s lives are unusual and endearing to the eyes of others. It shows how the habits of each society go unnoticed making a culture unique.

We (Candice and Fede) will pack our stuff and be on the road for one year traveling by bus and train from Ushuaia to Alaska (25,000 km).We will stop in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, USA, Canada and Alaska. We will stay 2 to 4 weeks in each place. Our goal is to write 52 tales in English, French and Spanish, each of them illustrated with a series of photographs, published on a blog and in a book.

ABOUT US

Candice Schrapff - the writer - a French girl who studied journalism and creative writing in London and sounds Italian when speaking Spanish. Her dream: writing meaningful stories that will enrich the lives of others as well as hers.

Fede Graciano - the photographer - a young Argentinian who never stops talking and always leaves rooms mumbling some expressions in Spanish. He studied photography in Madrid and is obsessed with portraits. His dream: capturing beauty in each person he encounters.

HOW?

We’ll publish one tale per week about people and their lifestyle; their childhood, their professions, their personal experiences, their habits, their believes, what they do on a Sunday, the things they laugh about, the way they cook, their worries, if they’re in love, their passions and their dreams. They will be sketches of their everyday life seen through our eyes. 

The beauty of the project is also in the fact that the stories will be about every kind of people, of all ages and from all social classes. The landscapes will be very varied too, including big capital cities, villages lost in the mountains, the desert, the jungle, the countryside, the beach... Throughout these tales, we will then be able to observe to which extent the level and way of life can change on the continent.

To illustrate the stories, it won’t be simple snapshots. Each story will have one elaborated picture with an artistic composition, not like documentary photography. 

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They will also be illustrated with a series of 5 more showing the places and the people that inspired us that week.

Robert Montgomery - 2012
Robert Montgomery - 2012
Robert Montgomery - 2012
Robert Montgomery - 2012
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from ''Angels'' - 2011

On the side, Fede will also work on another photographic project using film with a medium format camera. He will shoot one B&W portrait per day of people all across the American continent.

Maru. 2010
Maru. 2010
Nico. 2010
Nico. 2010
Carla. 2010
Carla. 2010

THE BOOK

The book, the finality of this journey and our most precious reward, will be printed in January 2014 as soon as we will be back in Europe. It will be a beautiful hard-covered art book with the illustration (artistic photograph) on the left page and the short story on the right page. They will be the 52 short stories as well as some other exciting (secret) bonus...!

WITH YOUR SUPPORT...

We will have the opportunity to travel all over the continent from January to December to collect all these unique stories and photographs. The money will go to travel expenses, food, films, dark room supplies, printing and the production of the book. 

We’ll fly from Berlin, where we’re living now, to Ushuaia and then we’ll travel by bus and train till reaching Alaska, our final destination.We’ll stay at local people’s houses and low budget accommodation.

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Back in Europe, we’ll publish the book with the photographs and the short stories. This will be in January 2014. We’ll also have exhibitions in several cities, like Madrid and Berlin.

We hope that you’ll want to be part of this project and that you’ll enjoy the rewards. Thank you for making this adventure possible.

Important note:

Your credit card is only charged, if and when, we reach our goal of USD $20,000. Funding on Kickstarter is "all or nothing" and if we do not reach our fundraising goal by November 30th, you don't get charged a dime. At the end of the fundraising campaign, backers (YOU) will be contacted to obtain any additional information that may be needed (ie. shipping address, etc.).

Thank you so much for your generosity and your support, every dollar seriously makes a huge difference!!! 

DON'T FORGET THAT WE HAVE 35 DAYS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN TOGETHER! THANKS! 
 

If you'd like any more information about the project or if you have ANY questions to ask us please send us an email. We would love to hear from you!

info@ameressence.com

REWARDS: 

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notebook4
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notebook5

SELECTION OF THE LIMITED EDITION PRINTS:

LIMITED EDTION PRINTS
LIMITED EDTION PRINTS

+++ THESE ARE THE PERUVIAN HATS WITH OUR LOGO +++ 

(you can pick the color!) 

peruvian hats
peruvian hats

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The main challenge that we may have to deal with is the weekly post. Traveling through the entire continent, being constantly on the road and sometimes in remote places, may make it difficult to upload the stories and photographs on the blog. It could happen that for some reason we don’t have access to internet for 2 or 3 days.

To tackle this challenge, we will plan our itinerary carefully. We will ensure that we won’t be without internet access for more than 5 days. And if it happens that we don’t have access to internet we will be as quick as we can to upload the stories and pictures.

The second risk could be the sending. As you may know, sometimes the post can be late or goods can arrive damaged. But we will make sure of sending the parcels ahead of time and with the appropriate wrapping and protection. If it happens to be damaged, let us know and we’ll replace it.

Other than that nothing will stop us from our accomplishing our project.

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