First of all, I would like to thank my sister, Kathleen Brien, for putting together this awesome image. I've worked a long time on my photographic eye, but that never seems to help when I am forced to choose fonts, or how to space words.
A portrait of Rome
It's a bit of a lofty goal, but I intend to do a photo essay on the spirit of the city.
What does that mean?
There are actually two answers to that.
One. I want to capture everything about this city. The history, The people. The culture. The past, present, and future. I want to see this place Morning, noon, night, every time in between, rain, or shine.
I will be paying special attention to the city at night. I hope to capture the Rome people love and expect in a new and exciting light.
Two: I have no earthly idea.
It is impossible to predict what will happen here. This is an adventure, and as long as there is light in this city, I will bring back something amazing.
I am envisioning a National Geographic style photo book about Rome. Amazing pictures, essays on history, but all with a hint of my terrible jokes and sarcasm.
Here is a brief summary of my current thoughts on the project.
I'm going to get to explore this amazingly rich and beautiful city. That's exciting!
I might get lost. That's scary.
I'm going to take awesome pictures. That's exciting!
I keep imagining getting mugged. That's scary.
This will be a life changing adventure. That's exciting!
It's going to cost an arm and a leg. That's scary.
I'm going to eat so much great food there. That's exciting!
I only know enough Italian to say "I would like some coffee please, and thank you." That's mildly inconvenient.
I will be in Rome for 5 weeks next summer, and then I plan to have the book ready for printing by December 2014.
Supporters can get a copy of the book, prints, and their name in the thank you page by pledging on Kickstarter!
I hope you are as excited about this as I am, although you probably aren't because I'm the person who is going.
Please help me make this happen!