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 knew I must 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 + print + give away, each family, a printed copy of their ONE photo.
I’m planning to visit a new country every year, starting with Argentina where:.
During my journey I’ll be using the latest in satellite technology to keep my supporters and followers abreast of my progress online. You’ll be able to track my daily progress and see some of the latest work through Facebook & Twitter.
With the help of this powerful community, I’m hopeful to create priceless photographic memories for the local families I meet along the road.