Lucas Stoffel (Artist/Photographer) will be putting together a book and a gallery show to launch in New York City – Summer 2020, entitled The Noble Path.
An opportunity to sublet my apartment for 3 months arose and now I am leaving my home, my job, my friends, my family, my life in New York City to work on a series of photographs for this exhibition.
I will be spending the next 90 days in dedicated meditation, reflecting on each of our places in this world, and reminding myself that I am not alone, that our common joys and struggles are shared experiences.
The first 30 days I will be traveling in Malaysia and Indonesia collecting imagery of Buddhist ruins in the region. The next 30 days I will teach a photography class to students in northern Laos with L.E.O.T. foundation. I will also participate in an after-school conversational English program for children and novice monks in Luang Prabang. A portion of the money raised with help the students with tuition and supplies.
During this time I will take up evening meditation with the monks in the temples. From my Kickstarter backers, I will gather words of devotion that I can meditate on, sending love and light to you, your intentions, or your loved ones. Each day I will choose a temple and a letter to devote my time to that day. A form will be sent to you to fill out, and over the summer I will send each of you a dedication letter with a photograph of the temple where I was that day.
During the last 30 days, I will travel to Nepal in search of the birth place of the Buddha while compiling the book of photography and a translation of my travels through the spirituality of South East Asia, before returning home.
Once back in New York City I will prepare for my next show. I have a gallery in Chelsea that is interested in the exhibition, and I will work with them and a local printer to enlarge my work on glossy metal prints to line the gallery walls combined with text selected from this project.
This is where I need your help. Through this Kickstarter I am trying to gather enough money to print the books and the art pieces. I am looking to raise $5000 which is the minimum I need for a group of 20 medium sized prints. If I collect more money then that I will scale up the printing to larger sizes. A portion of this money raised will be allocated as a donation to the community I will be teaching at in Luang Parbang, Laos, Helping children & novice monks afford after-school English classes.
Part of my project in Laos will be working with the local novice monks to complete a piece on the 1000 reincarnations of Buddha.
I look forward to hearing from you as I follow this path, and hope to have you along on my journey. You can follow the trip starting January 10th on Instagram @lucasstoffel
*Reward details: For prints a photo selection of 10 different prints (possibly more) will be available during the fulfillment period. Options for framing will also be available during this period.