WARM DOME is a photojournalism and interview project focusing on a rarely seen America and presented in a high-quality, hardcover book. Through photos, written essays and interviews I will be documenting the lives and environments of the rural landscapes and small towns that I will come across. This Kickstarter project is to help me fund the publishing of WARM DOME.
Starting in April of 2012, I will be going on a solo cross-country bike trip starting right here in New Orleans. Travelling across the deepest of the south and across Texas, through New Mexico and Arizona, then up to Utah. Though way beyond the physical half way point, Escalante, Utah will be my first major goal. If I make it there, and my body and mind allow me to continue, I will then follow "the loneliest road in America" through Nevada and end up in San Francisco.
The point of all this is...well there are many reasons.
1. I plan on fully documenting the entire thing. I want to see the people and environments that aren’t along America's highways and can't be found in major cities or towns. I will have photos, video/audio interviews as well as field recordings. Most importantly, this trip is so I can finally fully immerse myself and hone my writing skills. Combining all of this, I will be self-publishing a high-quality hardcover book of my writings, photos and interviews.
2. I was born with club feet. This means my feet...well here...http://www.clubfeet.net/about.php. Anyways. I have endured numerous intense surgeries. My last one being when I was 15 years old. In the last few years, my feet hurt. Really bad. Like, lying awake in bed unable to sleep type of bad. I, however, like many people, have no health insurance. I am unable to even get a simple checkup from my childhood podiatrist. Long walks hurt. Working while standing up hurts. But for some reason, riding my bike works all the right muscles in my feet and they feel great after a hard ride. I want to do something like this before I can't.
3. At 31 years old, I have spent almost a majority of my life living in cities. This is truly starting to wear on me. One of the biggest things that motivates me is the idea of travel somewhere on my horizon. Usually, I plan some huge trip only to have money/work/school/responsibilities/my children (two dogs) get in the way of fully realizing and finishing the entire idea. As I was already going on this trip I decided to do a little more. And that's where the idea of WARM DOME came from. With this project, I will finally be able to combine my love of travel with my future career in journalism. This isn't just something I want to do, it has turned into something I can't imagine not doing.
After many road trips across this country, I have decided to slow it down and leave the car at home. Instead, I will be riding my bike, allowing me to really engulf myself in the landscapes and people that I will come across.
Since I am focusing on the structural organization that comes with book preparation I will be keeping extensive notes and journal entries. I will speaking with people about their views on modern America and whatever joys and hardships rural living may bring.
If you want to check out my routes I'll be utilizing the wonderfully mapped bike routes from the Adventure Cycling Association.
I will follow the Southern Tier route to the Grand Canyon Connector and on to the Western Express.
I have already have the bike, a camera, an MP3 recorder and the basic supplies.
The financial assistance I am asking for will be going towards a couple of things:
- I will be able to purchase plenty of extra memory cards, replacement tires and tubes, and to take care of general unforeseeable emergencies.
- But most importantly, the money is to help me self publish WARM DOME, a high-quality hardcover book that collects my findings along the way.
A huge thank you to everyone and anyone that even looks at this Kickstarter project! That is already more that I could have asked for. Donate if you choose(check out those awesome rewards!), and please pass this site along to some friends and family that might find this interesting.
See you on the road.
- (33 days)