Kayaking to the Ends of the Earth
On November 25th, 2008, Daniel Belanger, a New
York-based social entrepreneur, digital designer and accomplished outdoorsman, will set out on a
solo expedition to photograph the Earth’s most remote wildlife.
The two-year expedition will be primarily undertaken by kayak, including a challenging
350 mile open-ocean crossing from Argentina to the Falkland Islands. A second phase of the
project will cover a route starting in the Bonin Islands and continuing to Japan, the Kuril Islands
and finally the Aleutian Islands. A third phase will cover more southern hemisphere destinations
including: South Georgia, Tristan Da Cunha, Prince Edward, Crozet, Kerguelen, Heard,
Macquarie, and Auckland.
An expert outdoorsman with fifteen years of extreme weather camping and survival
experience, Belanger, age 34, has spent considerable time physically preparing to meet the
challenges of this unprecedented convergence of art, adventure and activism.
“The goal of the Wild Image Project is to educate the public on the existence of exotic
and endangered species that play an essential role in complex ecosystems that are outside the
general populations’ consciousness,” said Belanger.
“I’ve traveled around the world and seen some of the most amazing sights. My objective
is to motivate others and alter their perspective on global issues by aesthetically presenting
information and ideas that stimulate engagement, involvement and transformation.”
Belanger is not a newcomer to the world of social engagement. He is the founder of the
New York-based House of Jimmu, an organization that promotes awareness on the crucial
importance that good nutrition and nature play in the lives of children and their future as adults.
He is also the founder of Ibrido, an online magazine and blog that serves as an electronic
platform for positive social change.
Images from the Wild Image Project will be showcased in several multi-media photo
essays and books that are designed to inspire viewers to raise their consciousness about the
future. Images will predominately be of wildlife, with special focus on endangered species and
difficult-to-photograph subjects in their natural habitat.
The Wild Image Project has been made possible by generous contributions from socially
conscious individuals and corporations whose monetary, in-kind and product donations have
funded the first phase of the project. Early sponsors of the Wild Image Project include Tiderace Kayak, Kokatat, Brunton, Lendal, Suunto, SOG, North Water, Snap Dragon Design, Underwater Kinetics, FoxFury, Aquapac, and LaCie.
A video introduction by Daniel Belanger can be found at http://ibrido.tv/welcome.html under the
Contact: Daniel Belanger, 646.519.1704, firstname.lastname@example.org