In 2010, Alexandra Huddleston walked 800 miles around the island of Shikoku, Japan, loosely tracing the life of Buddhist saint Kōbō Daishi. Part photo book, part travelogue, Huddleston documented her entire journey for East or West: Walking a Buddhist Pilgrimage, our Project of the Day.
If you’ve ever planned on sending postcards while on a trip, only to end up staring at the daunting blank space on the back of the card, agonizing over how, exactly, you’ll fill it, then A Memory Between Us postcard kit, our Project of the Day, is right up your alley. Here’s a set of postcards designed for you and your traveling companion to fill out to track your unique perspective on the same trip.
The Secret Guide to Alternative Beijing is a web-based hub for travel advice on Beijing’s thriving art and music underground. After successfully funding on Kickstarter this summer, the site just soft-launched today.
America from bottom to top.
Ameressence is a project documenting a year-long journey from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska, covering all 15,000 miles of the Americas.
The plan is to begin at the southern tip of Argentina and journey north, creating an illustrated story every week for a year. The project is the joint effort of a writer and a photographer, both based in Berlin, who plan to collaborate on each dispatch in words and images and publish the results in three languages.
Over the course of 2013, this adventurous duo hopes to explore the many cultures and environments of the Americas while bringing backers along for the ride. Sounds like all of the breathtaking vistas and poignant moments with none of the 17-hour bus rides!
3… 2… 1… Go.
Adrenaline junkie Josh Aldridge seems like the kind of guy who likes to do everything with his own two hands, which is why we’re not surprised that he’s tracking the progress of his Kickstarter campaign with paper and pen.
Aldridge is the creator of Go., an adventure travel series designed to spur inquisitive couch potatoes to get out and explore. As you can see from his chart, Go. has a ways to, er, go. But with 25 days left, a few adventurous backers each day can make the difference.
Sea to shining sea
In the last year, photographer Craig Semeko has put 40,000 miles on his car.
He’s criss-crossed the country countless times, spending his days in town squares, sprawling deserts, and even underwater — all in an effort to seek and capture the diversity of the United States in a particular historical moment.
Semetko’s sailed on an oyster boat in Galveston Bay, marched in the second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the country, and visited the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, while snapping hundreds of people, landscapes, and candid moments along the way.
The resulting images, some of which you can see above, are the jumping-off point for America: E Pluribus Unum, his current Kickstarter project. Semeko plans to stay on the road, camera in hand, until Inauguration Day this coming January 20th. We’ll be watching.
You are (on) an island is a a guerrilla public art project conceptualized by Alicia Eggert and Mark Fleming. It consists of a large blue neon sign that says “You are on an island,” but the word “on” blinks rhythmically on-and-off — reminding us, on occasion, that we are islands. Eerily effecting, isn’t it?
Everybody’s got a story to tell, and Souther and Monica are hitting the road to find ‘em! Their portable art installation, The Trading Tortoise will be a place where people can bring mementos — stories, objects, pictures — to trade for other found items. They can then follow the life span of their keepsake through an online gallery, seeing what city it goes to and who trades for it, ultimately creating a cross-continental network of shared treasures. We’ll do our best to help kick off the voyage by making it our Project of the Day!