Months before I left New York and moved into my van, I spent idle time scouring the Internet and books stores for photos of vans and other campers. These day dreaming sessions gave way to contemplation and the eventual purchasing of an 1987 VW Vanagon. More so than any object in my life, with maybe the exception of a camera, this van changed my life. Once on the road, I became fixated with vans like my own, and other people's campers and started documenting them. This gave birth to the Vanlife tag on Instagram and a slew of posts here on A Restless Transplant.
A year and a half or so into my time on the road, I decided to turn these photos of vans and campers into a book. Unlike the The Burning House Book, I wanted to publish this myself and decided to use Kickstarter to fund it. Doing it all myself would be a lot more responsibility but also the freedom to make the book exactly to my specifications. To help with the design and logistics, I teamed up with some friends from New York that work at Doubleday & Cartwright. I envisioned an over sized photo book with a focus on producing a beautiful book, more so than a sale-able item. After six months of design, development and printing, four pallets of books showed up to a warehouse in Bingen Washington and I started signing books and sending them out with the help of my mom and friends.
Out of the 2000 first edition books, 250 are still around. I'm thrilled at people's responses to the book and all the support people have given the project, both during the Kickstarter and after. It's surpassed even my best hopes for how the project would work out. I've focused primarily on direct sales through my webstore, but a handful of stores will be carrying the book. I'll put a list together of stores and locations and post it on my Facebook in the next week or two.
I'm proud of this book and hope that looking at it will get people excited about getting out on the road and traveling. Order your signed first edition copy here before they are gonzo!
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