On November 1, 2012, I am leaving for a ridiculous adventure… but an amazingadventure at that. I will be leaving the United States and traveling to London, England, Copenhagen, Denmark, Rome, Italy, Athens, Greece, and Amman, Jordan, and embarking on a month long journey around to world to ask as many people as I can one simple question:
“What does hope mean to you?”
My plan is to photograph anything that my heart sees as hope; whether it’s a group of kids playing on the playground, someone dancing in the street, a person giving someone else their seat on the bus, whatever catches my eye. Then I plan to talk to these people and ask them, “What does hope mean to you?” and see each person’s perspective of hope.
When I return I will be taking all the photographs, interviews, personal journal entries, experiences and anything else I come across and put it all together to create a book. With this book I not only plan to share my story and my definition of hope with the world, but to also the stories and definitions of everyone I meet.
The ultimate goal is to do what I’ve wanted to do for so long; to bring hope to the world through photography.
In order to rause the funds needed for Project HOPE, I have created a Kickstarter page.
What is Kickstarter?
Every project is independently crafted, put to all-or-nothing funding, and supported by friends, fans, and the public in return for rewards.”
Kickstarter is how I will be raising the funds needed for project HOPE.
I have to be completely honest- this is the hardest part about project HOPE.for me.
I don’t like asking people for money. I don’t like asking people for help. It makes me feel weird, uncomfortable, needy, and kind of lame.
But project HOPE. is about being pushed out of my comfort zone, about finding hope, about learning, about growing… the first step then for me to do any of this… is to ask for help.
This project will not happen without your help.
There are different ways you can help.
1. The biggest way you can help is through prayer. This isn’t for everyone, I totally understand that. But I truly believe int the power of prayer. So if you could keep project HOPE. in your prayers, it would mean so much to me.
2. Spread the word about project HOPE. You can reblog this tumblr page, you can share the project HOPE. facebook page, you can tweet about it, share project HOPE.’s Kickstarter page, email friends and family about it, blog about it, give someone a call, send someone a letter through snail mail (whaaaat, people still do that?!), whatever form of communication is your favorite, give project HOPE. a share.
3. Pledge to project HOPE. on Kickstarter. Even if it is just $5, every single dollar helps.
Starting today I have 30 days to fundraise $3,000 through Kickstarter.
September 16 at 12:22am, the Kickstarter page closes.
If I do not raise all $3,000 by September 16, I do not receive any of the money raised.
…So here goes nothing… it’s time to start!
Thank you so much… for everything.
And one last thing…
What does HOPE mean to you?