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A video and zine travel mission to photograph girls, spread street art, explore freedom, and research international artists. Read more

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A video and zine travel mission to photograph girls, spread street art, explore freedom, and research international artists.

SAWA
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About this project

The Sawa Travel Diaries is my video and zine project that started last year in Europe. I'm traveling through foreign countries to spread art, find graffiti, shoot girls, and document all of it for your viewing pleasure.

I have relaunched this campaign at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sawa-travel-diary/x/4088420 

It's a video chronicle about going off of the grid, exploring freedom and purpose, finding adventures, and connecting with other creative people.

The next destination is South America. Here I have an amazing roster of girls waiting to shoot with me. This is about half of them:

Atomic
Atomic
Casiopea
Casiopea
Fernanda
Fernanda
Kieve
Kieve
Lawita
Lawita
Liu
Liu
Mendacia
Mendacia
Violet Rose
Violet Rose

The locations that I plan on shooting for spiritual/ inspirational experiences to share are endless:

Macchu Picchu
Macchu Picchu
Marble caves in Chile
Marble caves in Chile
Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls
Bolivia salt flats
Bolivia salt flats
Snowboarding in Chile
Snowboarding in Chile

The Sawa Travel Diary is the chronicle of an artist and photographer, going off of the grid by traveling through foreign countries to photograph alternative models and do street art, collaborate with other artists, and document the entire experience on video, through a point of view unique to only me, never one of a traditional tourist.

I plan on researching world class street artists that have a style unique to South American culture.

Os Gemeos
Os Gemeos
Zezao
Zezao
Minhau
Minhau
Digital Organico
Digital Organico

I will go where I'm not supposed to, into unchartered territory. Never satisfied by the norm, I will take this travel video to a place that has not been visited before, and with a vulnerable honesty.

The funds raised for this project will go towards air fare, camera equipment, and the edit of the film. I tested this mission in Europe on my own dime, and it is almost to a complete edit now. With South America Volume 2, I want to go bigger with the art, and better with the video production of the shoots. I want to reach a broader audience and spread the inspiration that effects everyone when art is generated on a personal level. It is something that is surprisingly natural to all of us.

We need to share the message to get out there and create, and live your life the way you want to, instead of waiting for one day to be able to buy the freedom to do so. 

Risks and challenges

To travel from the bottom of South America to the top and link up with everyone I want to along the way is challenging. Scheduling conflicts could arise, to make sure I am in the right cities in the right time. And also the logistics of such a broad span of travel is not only potentially dangerous, but hard to plan. It is not as easy and affordable to bounce from spot to spot in South America as it is in Europe. Some of the locations I want to shoot are a 2 day trek out of civilization to reach.

But, I have done this before. I travelled through 6 countries to shoot my first Travel Diary in Europe. I made all of my planes and all of my trains and shot everyone I intended to. In South America, the models that I am working with are already awaiting the dates of my arrival so that they can make sure they take the time off to show me the best sites. They are truly excited to be a part of this project! I have extensive experience in production and travel and I'm street smart so I'm confident that I will be able to navigate my way through this mission. The key is planning the trip thoroughly ahead of time, and luckily I have hosts to greet me at every stop.

With my last Travel Diary I had the challenge of having to go through 3 editors before I finally got the ball rolling on the project. I had no budget for that film so it was harder to find somebody to devote time to it. But even still, it is now completely finished and ready to screen this July 2013. It is essential to have a good editor, and that's why I'm building a budget for this next episode. With the right funding I will be able to hire a devoted editor, instead of hoping for a friend to do it for free. We will go into post production as soon as I return home in October.

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    Signed copy of the finished DVD. Sawa Travel Diary Vol. 2: South America. Signed editions #1-10. Only 100 copies will be signed.

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    Limited edition archival photo print from the series I will be shooting in South America. Limited edition of 10, 11"x14" signed and numbered.

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    Personalized video shot just for you with Sawa and the girls of the South America trip. You can customize your greeting. Video will be sent directly to your email address.

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    COMBO of Vol. 1:Europe Travel Diary zine and Vol. 1: Europe Travel Diary DVD and 1 limited 5x5" print from Europe Travel Diary project, signed and numbered by Sawa

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    COMBO Vol. 1: Europe Travel Diary ZINE and one 11x14" print from Europe series, archival, numbered and signed, suitable for framing.

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    Limited edition archival photo print from the series I will be shooting in South America, 11"x14" signed and numbered but also hand embellished with paint marker designs, stencils, and spraypaint.

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    One of a kind Instax polaroid shot just for you on the journey through South America. Image will be of one of the South American alternative models I am shooting for the video.

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    Set of 3 limited edition archival photo prints from the series of girls I'm shooting in South America. Signed and numbered.

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    Set of 3 limited edition archival photo prints from the series of girls I shot in Europe. Signed and numbered.

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    Limited edition archival photo print from the series I will be shooting in South America. Limited edition of 10, 16"x20" signed and numbered.

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    COMBO of Vol.1: Europe Travel Diary zine, Vol.1 Travel Diary DVD, and 2 archival 11x14" prints from Europe Travel Diary project, suitable for framing, signed and numbered.

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    COMBO of Vol.2: South America Travel Diary zine, Vol.2 Travel Diary DVD, and 2 archival 11x14" prints from South America Travel Diary project, suitable for framing, signed and numbered.

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    *ULTIMO COMBO*:
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    VIP invite to private Los Angeles screening of Sawa Travel Diary Vol. 1: Europe

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    I will tag your name into one of my South America murals with a personalized thank you. You will receive a print and a polaroid of the piece with your name in it.

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    VIP invite to private Los Angeles screening of Sawa Travel Diary Vol. 1: Europe PLUS meet and greet with Sawa and special friends over drinks at an exclusive location before the event.

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    VIP invite to private Los Angeles screening of Sawa Travel Diary Vol. 2: South America PLUS meet and greet with Sawa and special friends over drinks at an exclusive location before the event.

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    Set of 10 one of a kind Instax polaroids shot just for you on the journey through South America. Images will be of the South American alternative models I am shooting for the Travel Diary video. The set will come in a collectors box.

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    Producer opening credit in Sawa Travel Diary Vol.2: South America and a signed special box edition of the DVD.

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