photographs by Chris Burkhard
Last week I attended the book signing for “The California Surf Project”, at Mollusk (btw: the cutest and most welcoming surf shop in San Francisco), where I had the pleasure of meeting the book authors, Chris and Eric.
Projects like theirs, always fill me with ideas and an incredible sense of possibility.
These two surfer boys met and became friends, while surfing and making Art (Chris is a photographer and Eric a pro surfer and painter) in their sleepy town of Arroyo Grande, Central Coast. With a passion for nature, surf and beautiful images, they had the idea of creating a tribute to California and their favorite things in life, by documenting a trip along Highway 1, from the Oregon border to the Tijuana Sloughs, on a 1978 VW bus.
At first, they did not have funds to invest on the project, but a few months later, Eric entered and won(!) a photography contest. Soon enough they had the money and a chance to move forward with their dreams without excuses. The book is the story of their adventures and, in their words, “surfing perfect waves, sharing campfires with total strangers, and keeping the bus running with duct tape and prayers in more than 200 gorgeous photographs, soulful text, and a professionally produced thirty-minute DVD.”
I am in love with the book! It’s pure yumminess and wanderlust! To me and my surfer husband (who also grew up in the Central Coast), these guys created a fantastic collection of images and stories, that definitely encapsulate the heart & soul of our unique Californian coast.
It made me wonder…
What is so close to my heart that could turn into a project like this?
And what would that be for you? :)
I think the world needs more and more personal dream projects like this, to keep us inspired and living to the fullest!
Have a great week, everyone! Keep on dreaming and creating!
April 27, 2009