HOW MANY PHOTOS DO YOU HAVE OF YOUR FAMILY AND YOURSELF?
HUNDREDS? THOUSANDS? MORE THAN YOU CAN COUNT?
WHAT IF YOU HAD NONE???
Some time ago, I ran into Foster Huntington’s The Burning House Project. If you haven’t heard of it, he asked a bunch of people what they would take with them if their house was burning.
I became very interested in this project, having nearly lost my own house in a fire a few years ago. For me, photo albums & hard drives were the second most important things to save, right after my dog. It turns out, photos and hard drives were at the top of most people’s lists… and this got me thinking.
During my travels, I’s annoyed to see hundreds of Tourists taking photos of local people as if they’re in a Human Safari (without showing any respect to their subjects) but it was worst when I found out several of those local people didn’t even have 1 family portrait. As a photographer I thought I should make a difference (I always wanted to travel with a bigger purpose than self-discovery) and to that end I developed Their Only Portrait !
This project’s goal is to make family portraits of the local people I meet along the road, as I ride thousands of kilometers through in developing countries. Carrying a small portable photography studio will let me create and give each family a printed copy of their ONE photo.
In September 2015 I’ll start cycling Argentina and I’m planning to visit a new country every year.
In Argentina, I’ll cycle 4000 miles (6000+ km) along the Argentinean Andes from La Quiaca to Ushuaia, through the entire Ruta 40 and beyond. I’m also working with Fundación Ruta 40 (a local NGO contributing in the comprehensive development of rural schools), to visit the most remote rural schools they support and make/print/deliver their students’ portraits.
As 2015 begins, I’ll start riding shorter trips through remote locations in order to put myself and the gear I’ll carry to the test!
During my journey I’ll be using the latest in satellite technology to keep my supporters and followers abreast of my progress online!
With the help of this powerful community, I’m hopeful to create priceless photographic memories for the local families I meet along the road.