this is a story about a girl. her dream. the journey. that photo.
enter miss jennifer sando. an adelaide-based photographer who had an idea to run an online campaign to shoot a portrait of eddie vedder – the lead singer from pearl jam. the idea was for jennifer to shoot a photo each day leading up to the day when eddie vedder would land in adelaide, for his 2 scheduled shows, as part of his 2011 australian tour.
the online campaign was called ‘i want to take a portrait of eddie vedder‘ and featured daily black and white photos of people, places and things. some of which contained references to pearl jam and eddie vedder. many people threw their support behind this campaign. i guess people were intrigued as to whether jennifer would achieve her objective.
i do believe i’m not spoiling the ending when i say that 85 photos later jennifer got to meet her idol and take that much wanted portrait. unbelievable! who would have thought?
the next step in this amazing journey was to collate the photos, document the story and put it into print. and with that a kickstarter campaign was launched to raise funds for the printing costs. once again the online community bandied together and made it happen. see, some good can come from social media. (i did my bit and pledged. hey, i wanted a first edition of that book!)
the book, called ‘picture in a frame’, is now in stock and available to purchase.
i received my signed copy last week. the pictures are beautifully presented, with some amazing shots, and there are sections of narrative text which give you an insight into what was happening behind the scenes. as you read, you are riding the waves with jennifer.
i was pleasantly surprised to learn that the photo from day 25 ‘you’re a crazy breed’ was eddie’s favourite (yes, i’m now on a first name basis with him – ha!) why surprised? because that’s my favourite photo too. wow, i have something in common with eddie.
towards the end of the book i got a bit emotional – books can do that to you.
if you’re a pearl jam fan or an eddie vedder fan or a music aficionado or a lover of black and white photos this book is for you. if you’re into stories that have a happy ending, this book is for you. if you like to read stories about people’s determination and perseverance to make things happen, this book is for you.
to get a copy of the book, head to ‘picture in a frame‘ and follow the links/instructions.
that was a story about a girl. her dream. the journey. that photo. my cousin.
i guess that makes 2 things i have in common with eddie – we both know jennifer sando, photographer extraordinaire and now a published author :)
“devote yourself to an idea. go make it happen. struggle on it. overcome your fears. smile. don’t you forget: this is your dream.”