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A photographic/multimedia documentary and book sharing the stories of pilgrims and the villages along the Camino de Santiago.
A photographic/multimedia documentary and book sharing the stories of pilgrims and the villages along the Camino de Santiago.
A photographic/multimedia documentary and book sharing the stories of pilgrims and the villages along the Camino de Santiago.
117 backers pledged $5,848 to help bring this project to life.

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My website: http://www.michaelgeorgephoto.com

My Instagram: @migeophoto

STRETCH GOAL: $6,600+!

Friends! Family! Wonderful people! With your incredible support I have officially reached the funding goal. BUT WAIT! I set the bar low. I should have aimed high! If you have a moment, review my budget by clicking here. As you can see – the actual project cost is $6,600 not including two months of at-home expenses. In the last three days I will be holding a special raffle on my Facebook page. I will also be sharing never-before-seen images from the Camino on my Tumblr, Instagram, and Facebook. Get ready!

THE PROJECT

In 2010 I cycled 4,000 miles across the United States to raise money for affordable housing. It was the first time in my life that I had completely disconnected from the routines of modern living. Since then I have been fascinated by the places where people travel to leave everything behind – the Appalachian Trail, the Shikoku Pilgrimage in Japan, and the Camino de Santiago in Europe. How do these journeys reconnect us with people, nature, and ourselves? What values are learned?

Last year I walked the 500 mile Camino de Santiago across northern Spain. The Camino began as a Roman trade route until it became a Christian pilgrimage to Santiago de Compestela. Today thousands of people from all over the world gather on the Camino for many reasons. I met pilgrims who had cancer and wanted to return to a life of simplicity. The first six people I met on the Camino had just lost their jobs and were looking for answers and inspiration. The Camino is an opportunity to challenge yourself physically, mentally, and to restart your life while traveling with strangers from every culture on this planet.

This summer (August 5th - September 23rd) I am going back to the Camino to document other routes and produce a multimedia documentary sharing the stories of pilgrims and villages throughout France and Spain. I will also be consolidating the stories into a small book. There are many pilgrimage routes that lead to Santiago. My journey in August will begin in Le Puy-en-Velay. The pilgrims I meet here will be walking for a total of four months. Afterward I will travel back to the Camino Frances to document the key places I was unable to spend significant time in during my walk. Finally I will walk the Camino from Santiago to Fisterra. This is a symbolic "Post-Pilgrimage" that brings pilgrims to what was once considered the end of the world. Many pilgrims will burn their clothes and other effects on the beach as a celebration and sacrifice of their successful journey.

In addition I will also be interviewing pilgrims who completed the journey with me last year. I will be traveling to their hometowns in Denmark, Germany, and France. My hope is to inspire others to live the principles of simplicity and humanity that pilgrims discover while walking on "The Way."

FOLLOW ALONG

During the project I will be posting a portrait and a personal story each day. The posts will be made to my Instagram, blog, and Facebook page. Last year I was featured by Instagram as a suggested user and soon had an audience of 38,000 followers. As you can see below, people were tremendously responsive to the personal stories I found along the way. I even had a few people tell me they were inspired by my images to walk the Camino themselves.

HOW YOUR FUNDING WILL BE USED

Last year I fully funded the project on my own. This year I have already purchased plane tickets, photography equipment, and plan to cover health insurance and student loan payments while I am abroad.

Kickstarter will cover a large percentage of other costs which include:

• Audio equipment & Webpage design
• Hostels & meals (for 50 days)
• Traveler's Insurance

My goal is to always travel as cheaply as possible. I will be blogging various tips and tricks for saving money during the project.

FAQ

• What have you done to prepare?

For the past few months I have been taking French lessons at the French Institute in New York, mapping and studying the Le Puy Camino, and putting together a network of bus locations for hopping around on the Camino Frances. (Note: The Camino is so international that language barriers are almost always overcome by fellow pilgrim translators)

• What will the final project look like?

After I return I will be working with a web designer to put together a series of webpages that tell the story of the Camino in an interactive showcase featuring still images, writing, short video interviews, and other multimedia (Vine, Instagram, etc.)

I will also be consolidating all content into a small book. 

(In the future I plan to make this book a small chapter in a larger photography collection documenting other trails around the world.)

• Will your feet hurt?

Yes. Badly.

PRINTS

Sean from Tallahassee
Sean from Tallahassee
Saint Jean Pied de Port
Saint Jean Pied de Port
Oz
Oz
Célia's Window
Célia's Window
Galicia Horse (This print available for pledges above $100)
Galicia Horse (This print available for pledges above $100)
Poppies Outside Pamplona (This print available for pledges above $100)
Poppies Outside Pamplona (This print available for pledges above $100)
Morning on the Meseta (This print available for pledges above $100)
Morning on the Meseta (This print available for pledges above $100)
Instagram Mini-Prints
Instagram Mini-Prints

Risks and challenges

Once funds are raised I foresee few complications in designing and printing this completed project. Prior to my departure on August 5th I will be storyboarding the website and book. While abroad I will be backing up all images to my DropBox using an Eye-Fi wireless SD card and my iPad. Upon my return I will immediately begin editing down the images and stories for publication. Because I am abroad for 2 months there is a high chance I will be overwhelmed with work upon my return. Finding time to edit down the project will be a challenge but I hope to complete everything by early 2014.

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    A Thank You postcard featuring a collage of images from the Camino. Put it on your fridge! Tape it in your journal!

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    One 4x6 signed open edition print of "Sean from Tallahassee." | One set of three Instagram mini-prints | And my eternal gratitude! (see project description for exact print)

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    One 8x10 signed open edition print of "Oz." (see product description for exact print) | Three Instagram mini-prints | A digital copy of the book | AND a shout out in the Thank You section of the website and book. (see project description for exact prints)

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    One 8x10 signed open edition print of "Célia's window." (see product description for exact print) | Three Instagram mini-prints | A digital copy of the book | AND a shout out in the Thank You section of the website and book. (see project description for exact prints)

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    One 8x10 signed open edition print of your choice (see product description for exact print options) | One portfolio of three 5x7 signed open edition prints from the new project | Three Instagram mini-prints | A digital copy of the book | AND a shout out in the Thank You section of the website and book. (see project description for exact prints)

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    One small 35-page handmade color zine featuring spreads from the "Portrait of A Pilgrim" book | One 8x10 signed open edition print of your choice | One set of three mini-Instagram prints | A personalized thank you note! | AND a shout out in the Thank You section of the website and book. (See project description for print options)

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    One 11x14 signed open edition print of your choice | One 8x10 signed open edition print of your choice | One small 35-page handmade color zine featuring spreads from the "Portrait of A Pilgrim" book | One set of three mini-Instagram prints | A personalized thank you note! | AND a shout out in the Thank You section of the website and book. (See project description for print options)

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    A portrait of you! By me!

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    One signed hardcover copy of the "Portrait of A Pilgrim" book | A portfolio of three 8x10 signed open edition prints from the new project | One set of three mini-Instagram prints | A personalized thank you note! | AND a shout out in the Thank You section of the website and book. (See project description for print options)

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    *LIMITED OFFER* One signed hardcover copy of the "Portrait of A Pilgrim" book | A portfolio of five limited edition 11x14 signed prints from the new project inside a custom portfolio box | One set of three mini-Instagram prints | A personal thank you note | AND a shout out in the Thank You section of the website and book. (See project description for print options)

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    A portrait of you! By me! (See guidelines above) | One photography lesson and/or adventure around New York City. | One signed hardcover copy of the "Portrait of A Pilgrim" book | One portfolio of ten limited edition 11x14 signed prints from the new project inside a custom portfolio box | Five copies of the 35-page handmade color zine (Gifts!) | A long handwritten thank you expressing my eternal gratitude | AND of course a shout out in the Thank You section of the website and book.

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