Thank you so much to old and new friends who have helped me achieve my goal in only 9 days! I am so excited to share this journey with you.
I am continuing to fundraise until August 18. I have reached my modest budget but I could really benefit from additional support. All funds that I raise beyond my goal will go to funding the second phase of the project: the exhibition in India. Those expenses will include a plane ticket ($1500), living expenses as I plan and execute the exhibition (about $500 per month), and funding for the exhibition itself, including production of the photographs, etc. With more funding, I can execute creative ideas with greater reach: like renting a bus filled with photos to travel from village to village; displaying all the photos on the interior of a cross-country train; or even more exciting ideas that I haven't thought of yet.
Please continue to share this project and, if you can, please continue to support me. I will be completely transparent with how the funds get spent, and I pledge that I will dedicate it all towards creating something unique and special. Thank you so much for your support.
In Short I use intimate photography to share the things I love. And what I love most are people. I'm fascinated by our differences, our achievements, our weaknesses, and our dreams, and by the common threads that link us all together. I have a dream of travelling through life as a pilgrim. To me, that means walking slowly, thinking about big ideas, and connecting with people in order to learn, share and grow. This August, I'm going to follow my dream by walking 1,800 miles down the Pacific Coast of the USA, from Vancouver, Canada to the Mexican border. The idea of pilgrimage exists across many cultures and religions as a form of exploring the self and one's connections to one's surroundings. I intend to travel simply, eating only vegetarian food, and asking daily for help: be it a spot to pitch my tent or a cup of tea, a story, and a portrait. For me, this daily experience of giving and receiving is the most important component of the journey. It's also the reason I'm here on Kickstarter: to offer my photography as a gift to you and to ask for your help in creating something significant that extends beyond each of us as individuals. My Project Plan I'm asking you to help me raise $5,000 to kickstart the funding for the walk: about $2,000 will be for camping gear, $2,000 for daily expenses, and the remainder to create some great gifts for you. Here is my project budget. What I'll Give to You As I walk, I'll share with you through an ongoing photoblog at walkingtomexico.com. Through my photos and writing, I'll do my best to include you in this extraordinary adventure. Hopefully, together, we can create some mutual inspiration and love.
When the walk is complete, I will travel to India, a place where I've previously travelled for more than a year and a half, and hold a public exhibition in a public space. The idea here is to explore the connection between East and West and to offer the lessons of my pilgrimage as widely as possible.
Recently, I presented the opposite experiment: in a May 2010 exhibition, I displayed 34 photos of India inside a regularly operating Toronto streetcar, replacing conventional advertisements. You can read about the exhibition on the project website or in some of the press coverage: BlogTO, Torontoist, and the Toronto Star. What I learned is that people are looking for opportunities to connect with one another, but often need something to break the ice. My goal as an artist is to be an icebreaker.
I'll also offer two special rewards. First, I'm offering the 16 prints that occupied the streetcar during my recent exhibition. Each is 11"x35", printed on translucent polystyrene; the prints are intended to be backlit and would look wonderful displayed in a window or on a lightbox. You can view the set on the project website. Second, for anyone within 25 miles of my coastal route, if you pledge, I'll walk to your home and cook you a delicious vegetarian meal as a way of expressing my sincere thanks for your support.
If I'm able to exceed my goal, I'll take all additional funds to support the next stage of the plan: holding an exhibition in India.
Thanks so much for your support. With your help, I'm sure I can turn this quest into something truly special.
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