Project Proposal – Book
How does a student get their car from San Diego, California to Denver, Colorado over
spring break? They enlist their friend to take an adventurous road trip and then fly
home. This is not only an opportunity to see new places, it is an opportunity to see these
places and document this trip through the eye of a camera lens. With this said, the
journey will have much more meaning than a simple trip. The route will depend on the
weather conditions and will be geared toward getting some amazing pictures of
landscapes and events.
I will take my camera and other photographic equipment by car, hiking and any other
means. I will put this information and these pictures in a book and will add some writing
to tell about locations and events. This trip will serve two purposes, one as a great
vacation and the other as a class project where a book will be made to document the
great photos I will capture.
Plan of Action:
To carry out this plan, I will do some research on the best places to visit where I can get
some great shots. I will use multiple lenses to make the book and shots more interesting.
I will document start to finish. I am going to document the trip, the adventures, and
surprises of the trip that might occur. I will be ready for what comes along the way that
is or isn’t in our travel plans. It will be an artistic journey for me, as I will plan the trip to
find locations where I can express and show my photography abilities. I am pretty good
at planning the best ways to get shots and in moments where I am caught off guard, I
naturally and quickly think of the angles, lighting and images I want to capture. I’m
guessing there can be problems due to weather, but that’s what will make this adventure
more fun, interesting and probably more artistic.
This project will work because I have done a lot of travel photography. It will be different
this time because we are driving a Mini Cooper and I won’t be able to off road like I
usually do, but that will make this more of an adventure for me, one that I can document
in a new and different way. It will force me to take a different perspective and get photos
in different ways than I’m used to.
My goals are to show an actual journey of two students getting a car from one state with
nice weather to another state with much different weather. My goal is to show how
different each location we stop at is. There will be different weather, terrain and
architecture. My book will show my journey, but reflect who I am as a
photographer/artist at the same time. It will show how I see things and what I
For this trip and this book, I will need my camera, lenses, a backpack to hike around and
hold it all and maybe a tripod. I will use natural light for the photos. You can’t fit that
much in a Mini Cooper or on a plane home. My main preparation is to plan a trip with
good ideas and locations for photos. I have to be spontaneous though to document this
trip and make it real. If something unplanned happens, the better it will be.
For this project, I am going to accomplish two main things, getting a car to Colorado and
showing my journey as a way to express myself as an artist. By taking photos of
landscapes and my experiences, I will be able to tell a story of my travels and what can
be seen on a road trip. Doing this project will also make it so I notice everything and take
nothing about the trip for granted. I will make a book that shows the adventures, the
views, and that shows what role photography has in seeing new places. Mostly, I will take
a trip as an artist to show how I see the world.