Cats + traveling across Southeast Asia = this purrrfect Kickstarter photo book project
While backpacking through Asia, Michigan-based scientist, writer, and photographer David Wooster amassed over 3500 photos of his travels. A great number of these are of, temples, cats (mostly), and the monks who look after these furry creatures left to their care. His dream has been to share them with the world through a photo book, but now, he needs help on Kickstarter to make this project happen.
“It has taken me three long years to swallow my pride and accept the fact that I can’t do it by myself,” David said on his Kickstarter campaign for Cats, Monks, and Temples: A Photographic Journey. He originally planned to do everything himself, from traveling across Southeast Asia to distributing the finished book. But with this campaign, he now hopes to hand over these photos and the stories behind them to a professional publisher instead of going through the self-published route. It will be his first photo book, so it makes sense that he wants it to be as “close to perfect as possible.”
In the Kickstarter campaign, we get a generous preview of the stories David captured across Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Nepal using his Nikon D300 and 10mm fisheye lens or 50mm Nikkor lenses. A lot of them indeed show the fascinating and touching connection between the monks who act as the caretakers of the cats and other animals. It would be interesting at least to see how he would put together everything into a professionally-made photo book after sorting through all the photos. However, it would also be nice for prospective backers to learn more about his plans for the actual book, like the size, number of pages, format, and initial print run.
If this project is something you’d like to see published, David’s Kickstarter campaign ends soon and has a long way to go. Check it out now to find out more and show your support.
All images from the Kickstarter campaign by David Wooster