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.
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:
The locations that I plan on shooting for spiritual/ inspirational experiences to share are endless:
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.
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.
Vol. 1: Europe Travel Diary ZINE,
Vol. 1: Europe Travel Diary DVD,
Vol. 2: South America ZINE,
Vol. 2: South America DVD,
1 11x14 print from Europe signed and numbered,
1 11x14 print from South America signed and numbered
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.