Our chance twitterized encounter with RE Casper, who was traveling through the Boonville area, led to a first feature weeks ago. We singled him out for four reasons. One, he had ties to the area. Two, the fact that we found him via social networking made for an interesting side-note. Three, unlike many who are incapable of wrapping their minds around the concept of a free plug, he was prompt in his responses. Four, his photography is beautiful to look at.
Weeks ago, the Daily News ran a story featuring an RE Casper. After pouring through Twitter feeds searching for a possibly famous passer-through, we happened upon Mr. Casper. The photographer-extraordinaire, guaranteed to acquire fame on some level in the months and years we've yet to see, had posted an image of our beloved and well-recognized bridge. He was contacted and we featured his story of travel and evolution. This Darwin of color-blind photography learned, over time, that his medium would see excellence in the form of hi-contrast monotones and black-and-whites. Simply put, the guy knows how to take a good picture. Casper not only declared war on a visual impairment, he kept his enemies closer. He became professional friends with his color-blindness and turned it into a working relationship.
Readers are already familiar with this continuing story. Casper sums up his cross-country bounding.
"We initially left from Chicago to Mounds, IL and then on the first of June we made way north to St. Louis, across through Columbia, MO, around Kansas City, over to Topeka and down through the corners of Oklahoma and into New Mexico. We then roamed directly west through Santa Fa, NM and into Flagstaff, AZ… ending with a final leg through Barstow enjoying a night in the Mojave desert, then up through San Jose and San Francisco and finally landed at our new home in Alameda, California," said Casper.
Casper's book, 2000 Miles in a Vandura, has already been featured to a degree. When we encountered the artist, however, it was only a work in progress. Now complete, readers can access its content and enjoy the creation of someone with ties to the area. Casper's book is done. The book of travel shots is not National Geographic-worthy. It's better.
"Through these endless miles of travel, I have put together a series of notable photos into this photobook. A work of passion it seems, as I have had a very difficult time in editing out what stays and what goes. That said and without further ado, I give to you the completed book from this 2000+ mile road trip to the sunny skies of the West Coast. I hope that you find this journey fascinating," he said.
Daily News readers would be fascinated to find a lesson within this story that, depending upon interpretation, may negate some of our inclined capitalistic tendencies. Get this – you can pay for it what you like. Radiohead started the trend in the music industry and saw even more resulting success. Casper has done it with a book of pictures.
"I hope that you find this journey fascinating enough to throw out a few bucks and support my passion – by picking up the ebook or some prints… or maybe even the upcoming hard-bound coffee table book, available soon. I've taken on a slightly unique sales model with the book, instead opting for a suggested personal donation at whatever price the customer wishes to spend rather than a static price. Any total will be acceptable, from nothing to a thousand and anything in between. So far its actually gone far better than I would have ever expected. I figure, as art is subjective – so should the price be," Casper said.
Readers can access and/or purchase Casper's material at http://www.recasper.com/downloads/