Wednesday, August 26, 2009

7 Views - Bringing together travelers, photography and philanthrophy



Photograph courtesy of Rishi Oswal.

Photograph courtesy of Rishi Oswal.

Photograph courtesy of Rishi Oswal.

Photograph courtesy of Rishi Oswal.

Photograph courtesy of Aaron Zukoski.

Photograph courtesy of Aaron Zukoski.

Photograph courtesy of Aaron Zukoski.

Photograph courtesy of Aaron Zukoski.

Photograph courtesy of Lisa Howard.

Photograph courtesy of Lisa Howard.

Photograph courtesy of Lisa Howard.

Photograph courtesy of Lisa Howard.

Photograph courtesy of Joshua Rapp.

Photograph courtesy of Joshua Rapp.

Photograph courtesy of Joshua Rapp.

Photograph courtesy of Joshua Rapp.

Photograph courtesy of Brian Kelleher.

Photograph courtesy of Brian Kelleher

Photograph courtesy of Brian Kelleher

Photograph courtesy of Brian Kelleher

Photograph courtesy of Wei Hu

Photograph courtesy of Wei Hu

Photograph courtesy of Wei Hu

Photograph courtesy of Wei Hu

Photograph courtesy of Tom Robinson

Photograph courtesy of Tom Robinson

Photograph courtesy of Tom Robinson

Photograph courtesy of Tom Robinson
Amigos...

The movement of prayer flags at Thorung la Pass, Nepal to the deep blue lake at Atitlan, Guatemala to wandering monks in Angkor Wat, Cambodia to punk concerts in New York, New York...this exhibit has the unique spirit of photography and adventure. Moody, inspiring, thought provoking, breath taking, energetic, vibrant and chilling are some of the words that I've heard when showing the samples for the "7 Views, 7 Travelers: Photos from Around The World" exhibit. The idea of this exhibit is to bring together 7 photographers and showcase their unique way in viewing the world that we live in today. I met each of these passionate characters on my 17 month around the world trip. None of them have met but each of them share 3 things in common: a special way of viewing the world through the camera lens, a love of travel and the desire to use their talent to give back to a greater cause.
I hope you can all make it out to the "7 Views" Photo exhibit benefit and auction on Saturday, September 19th from noon-6pm at 111 Minna Art Gallery in San Francisco, CA. The event is going to feature 7 amateur photographers and their photos from around the world. On hand will also be two live bands, a poetry reading, a special talk from the beneficiary, Plan USA, and a few stories from yours truly. The event is FREE with a suggested donations at the door, 21 and up and open to the public. At the end of the day all the photographs will be auctioned off with all proceeds going towards Plan USA and a school construction project for children living in poverty in Jalapa, Guatemala. Come on out to check out some inspiring photos or hear some cool beats on 111 Minna's awesome sound system or come out to simply show your support for the kids of Guatemala.
Above I have included 28 samples of the 49 photos that will be available for auction at the event. I finally received the last of the photos and this is the first time that I have put the samples together in one post. Over the past 2 months I have been collecting the photos from the photographers. Our photographers are scattered around the world and are in places like New Zealand, China, Australia and the UK. This truly international exhibit is a showcase of their amazing work. A special thanks goes out to all the photographers that have been kind enough to donate their amazing photography.
The Last Hill Before Home is an all volunteer project whose mission is to bring a solution to the problems that children face who live in poverty in Central America. The goal of the project is to raise $15,000 for a school construction project for a small community near the town of Jalapa, Guatemala. The school will provide the 400+ children of the community a safe and clean place to learn. The school will also provide a place for the children of the community to attend high school for the first time. With this safe learning environment the children of Jalapa will be able to open up doors of self-growth, optimism and opportunity.

This event will mark an end to this grassroots project that started back in November of 2008. Initially, I wanted to do an inspirational event that would bring attention and awareness to this cause. So, on January 19th, 2009 I decided to ride a bike from Panama City, Panama to San Francisco, CA. The entire ride crossed 8 countries, spaned over 3,500 miles and took 3 months and 7 days to complete. The ride finished on April 25th, 2009 when I crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and rolled back into San Francisco. The ride is over and this "7 Views" event is the finally of this truly amazing project. I hope you can all make it out!
For more information on the photographers you can check them out here...
Rishi Oswal
Wei Hu
Lisa Howard
Tom Robinson
Joshua Rapp
Brian Kelleher
For more information about the event and to R.S.V.P.
Peace, Power and Pedal
Aaron

1 comment:

Liz said...

Ooo... beautiful photography. can't wait to see the entire collection.