I recently started my first Kickstarter project - this project aims to raise $5,500 towards a photobook project titled "Walking Within A Dream". One benefit of this project is I am donating 10% of all funding to Parkinson's Disease research. The question is...why? What does photography and Parkinson's Disease have to do with each other?
The Need for A Photobook
The first question I need to answer is - why a photobook? And why of Europe? This photobook is a personal project of my own for my documentation of traveling 36 days across Europe. This trip was a once in a lifetime trip that took two years of planning. In the beginning I was taking this trip because I had never traveled through Europe - the culture, the people, the landscapes all drew me in. After a year of planning I was diagnosed with a disorder that changed my life forever. After leaving the doctor's office I took a step back and really looked at my life - how would RBD change everything? After some time connections were made clear - RBD was impacting my memory. The desire to travel to Europe became something I had to do. More importantly, I had to document this trip for my own future. For me, knowing my own memory loss was already apparent - I knew I had to document this trip. A photobook was a perfect medium for me to design, produce and reflect on.
What is RBD, and Why Parkinson's Disease?
RBD is the common name for REM Sleep Behavior Disorder. This disorder is a form of a neurological disease - essentially my brain lacks the control to paralyze my body during deep. At first, this is an entertaining disorder as it causes sleepwalking and quite entertaining dreams. The problem is the symptoms that associate with RBD. The primary symptom (besides the sleepwalking) is the direct connection of RBD to neurological disease. One of the largest symptoms you notice is because of this disorder is memory loss. The more concerning aspect of RBD is recent studies that showed 55% of patients with RBD developed Parkinson's Disease. While my primary goal is to raise funding to create my photobook and distribute it across populations, my secondary goal is to raise funding for Parkinson's Disease research. I want to help others with RBD, Parkinson's Disease and any other neurological diseases -- hopefully my project is funded to help this important cause.