THE INVISIBLE WONDER OF THE WORLD
My project is a book titled, "The Panama Canal, The Invisible Wonder of the World." It is a photographic history of the construction of the Canal and is dedicated to those who died to make it happen. The money will go to the overhead involved with Kickstarter, rewards (with shipping), printing, and marketing the book. The amount requested will be sufficient to kick start this project.
The Panama Canal cost the lives of over 27,000 men: 22,000 died during the French effort, mostly to disease, and over 5,000 men lost their lives during the American effort, mostly to accidents. In total, one man died for every 10 feet of the 50 miles. There were up to 50,000 men working on the Canal at any given time.
A friend who made the transit through the Canal told me that there wasn't much to see. WOW! It’s a canal and therefore mostly under water!
Because the Herculean effort is now covered by water, the best way to understand these workings is through 100-year-old, construction-era photographs.
I felt it wasn’t right that people did not comprehend the effort and the sacrifice of those men. To that end, through a lot of time and expense, I amassed what is arguably the largest collection of digital photographs in the world regarding the construction of the Canal. These photographs are not from the internet. Every digital photo is from an original print. They are high resolution photographs, digitally enhanced to bring out detail. More about that process is covered in the book.
The book is not about the politics, international intrigue, possible canal routes, diseases, the society, and other such aspects that have been aptly described in countless other books. Words just cannot explain all the effort that went into the Canal construction. In my view, only pictures can begin to do justice to the labor involved.
Every year, there are over a half-million visitors to the Canal. Each one is a potential purchaser of the book. With the Centennial of the opening of the Canal coming in 2014, and the new larger locks being finished about that time, Canal information could be in demand.
The book divides the Canal into sections including diagrams so that as one travels from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the appropriate photographs follow along.
After nearly one year of gathering, preparing, sorting, and choosing what I consider the best photos to give an understanding of the effort, the book is done and ready to print. The copyright application is filed. The Library of Congress Number is assigned. Now I must print and market the book. That is why I have set this project in motion.
Any pledge you can make through Kickstarter would be greatly appreciated. By making a pledge, you will make the trip through the Canal a much more fantastic journey for anyone who has the book.
I hope you find the rewards and the project worthy of your support.
Thank you for your consideration.
- (30 days)