It’s funny how a project can sneak up on you. Theron Humphrey, whom we’ve featured previously, was on a cross-country roadtrip photographing a different person each day for This Wild Idea when he started posing his dog Maddie, a coonhound, on and in a variety of ridiculous places. Maddie poses on anything: a basketball hoop, the Statue of Liberty, under a semi truck, on a bike, or as a ghost. This is just the sort of thing that hits the internet’s collective funny/cute bones and the project blew up on blogs and the news media (Slate, Today Show, SwissMiss), tumblr (hundreds of reblogs/likes for each photo), and instagram (~100,000 followers). Eventually it turned into a book deal, and it’s available for pre-order. The book, published by Chronicle Books and which initially cracked the top 1000 on Amazon, will be out in April.
“On New Years Eve, $6000 in gear (and damage) was taken from my truck. Most heart breaking is that these folks found both of my external drives. Every single image created for the past 5+ months was lost. After spending 3 days hitting in the streets – passing out flyers, talking to the Police, knocking on doors, going to every pawn shop, scouring Craigslist…we have to move on!” –This Wild Idea help page
We last spoke with Theron Humphrey when This Wild Idea was a 30-day lark of a project. He drove around for 30 days and met and photographed a new person each day. It was a great idea, and after a very successful kickstarter campaign, This Wild Idea turned into a year-long project. Humphrey had been on the road for 5 months when tragedy struck on New Year’s Eve. Thieves broke into his pickup in Jackson, Mississippi, and stole his gear and drives. Cameras, lenses, computers, and (most saddening) his last 5 months of work on the project were gone. As Humphrey told a local news report, word on the street is that everything was sold for “40 bucks and some crack.” He’s borrowed some equipment, but he still needs your help to keep the ship afloat.