On November 11, 2014, we launched our very first crowdfunding campaign. On #GivingTuesday, December 2, we went from 19% to 103% funded, in less than 12 hours. By the time the campaign ended, Indiegogo contacted us to invite us to keep the campaign open indefinitely as part of their new InDemand initiative. We are now working on our next set of goals—because this is a project that has no end. It will continue to evolve and produce ideas, partnerships, and physical works of art and thought, all in the name of strength and resilience.
Phase I: The hardcover book and eBook are done and available for purchase. The fine archival prints are now in production and will be available to the general public soon.
Phase II: We are working with several partners on various initiatives, which shall be announced as they mature.
On December 26, 2004, a shockwave reverberated around the world. The Indian Ocean tsunami took a quarter of a million lives and impacted hundreds of thousands more. Watching the news, we were struck by the incessant flood of images of death and destruction washing over the airwaves. So we decided to do something different.
We wanted to honor and celebrate the strength and resilience of the human spirit in the face of complete and total devastation. A photojournalistic living tribute to the survivors of the tsunami, so that the world would never forget how bright and fierce the will to survive burns deep inside the human soul.
We brought the idea to ICLEI, one of our clients, who immediately jumped onboard and helped to fund the project. We sent Dan Root, our top freelance photographer, to the region to photograph those surprising moments of inner strength, resilience, and yes, even laughter, of those who lived to rebuild their lives and their communities, and to tell their stories—stories too often ignored by mainstream media.
Of the 4500 images Dan brought back, we selected the most evocative and built a website. But our dream always was to publish a book.
TSUNAMI: IMAGES OF RESILIENCE is a gorgeous full-color hardcover book of the most striking and memorable images from Dan's trip to India and Thailand in March 2005. You can see some of the images from the book in the "IMAGES" section below.
We're also producing a digital version of the book—an eBook for your iPad, Kindle, Nook, or Kobo eReader.
The print book is 112 pages, 10x8 landscape format. The interior of the book will be printed in luscious four colors on 80lb matte paper.
The book layout is simple yet elegant:
The release date is December 26, 2014, the tenth anniversary of the big wave.
These are the individuals who have contributed to our Indiegogo campaign. Our deepest gratitude goes out to you all!
(in alphabetical order by last name)
Anonymous (multiple contributors)
Joe Bunting of The Write Practice
Claes Fredriksson of the Swedish Press
Tania & Cy Hannon
Har Rai Khalsa
Juan Carlos Lenz de los Ríos
Caren Selina Maitreya
Sol David Neelman
Kelsye Nelson, author and co-founder of Writer.ly
John Oldfield of WASH Advocates
George Semenec & Sherry Indyke
Michael Shore of MayanMajix.com
Don Thompson of nextpix
Fernando Treviño & family
We are blessed to have the support of numerous kindred spirits who are helping to spread the word about the TSUNAMI: IMAGES OF RESILIENCE project and campaign:
John Oldfield, WASH Advocates
Author & entrepreneur Kelsye Nelson
Singer/songwriter Nate Maingard
Stanford Club of Thailand
These are a few of the images from the book. Just a few.
A man makes Poori in his kitchen at the refugee camp set up by the Indian government
on the grounds of the Industrial Training Institute (ITI). Nagapattinam, India.
Three generations of water
A pregnant Muslim woman walks by a water tank donated by UNICEF
to the World Vision India Relief Project camp. Nagapattinam, India.
A horizon in fragments
A young woman shields her face from the sun as she looks out over a devastated landscape.
Did my homework, papa
A young girl is on her way home after spending some quiet time doing homework
on this flat cement block in the midst of rubble and destroyed homes.
Elementary schoolchildren from the World Vision refugee camp wait for a bus
to take them to school. Nagapattinam, India.
We put the big wave on our wall
A schoolboy at the Thap La Mu elementary school laughs heartily as his picture is taken.
Behind him, on the wall, is a drawing the students made of the great tsunami that engulfed and destroyed their school.
Everything in the school, including the desks, is brand new. Khao Lak, Thailand.
Fishermen without fish
Fishermen grounded by the tsunami sit in the sand in Cuddalore, India.
Three kilometers inland
A large fishing vessel has been moved 3km from the beach in Ban Nam Kem,
nearly taking down an electric pole. Ban Nam Kem, Phang-Nga Province, Thailand.
A thousand new fishing boats
A crew of boat builders works on a new fishing boat in the fading light of day.
Kamala Beach, Phuket, Thailand.
This poem was written by Adelaide Shaw in response to Birgitte's blog post at The Write Practice. Thank you Adelaide!
MAKING POORI AFTER THE TSUNAMI
Today there is sun;
there is warmth and quiet,
quiet as the dead lying where they fell,
where my wife, my eldest child,
my mother lie waiting for their bodies
to be buried as their souls fly free.
Today I am not free.
My two young children, my old father
are not free.
We are burdened with hunger,
with the need to go on.
Today there is calm in the waters
as they roll away with the debris
of lives left to wonder the fickleness
of chance, of fate
of the many gods in heaven
who chose which souls to free
and which to keep tied here
to cook the poori in this
Today I think only of poori,
of the flour and water
of the heat of the oil
and the fire.
Today I think of how many
needed to feed the village now,
not so many as before,
not so many as tomorrow
as sickness claims those which
the water spared.
Today, oh, fickle gods
I would ask to be set free
but for my young children
and old father who know
nothing except the sorrow
of their emptiness and longings.
Today I would curse you, gods
but my energy is spent and my voice
is hoarse from crying.
Today I will fry the poori because
I am in need of this food so that
I may curse you tomorrow.