Old National Geographic journey inspires new photo book and movie ‘Tracks’

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Photojournalist Rick Smolan, whose work has been published by Time, Life and National Geographic, is asking for the crowd’s help to bring back to life a decades old journey being brought back to life with a movie, smartphones and a coffee table book.

While working for National Geographic in 1977, Smolan followed Robyn Davidson, four camels and her dog Diggity for part of a 1,700-mile trek across Australia.

Davidson would later write Tracks, a best-selling book about the trip.

To go along with the release of the movie Tracks (due out Oct. 10),Smolan wants help to print his coffee table book Inside Tracks, which is one-part original, never before released photos and one-part new images taken during the making of the movie Tracks. 

Using the smartphone app Aurasma, people can wave their phone over images in the book to bring up scenes in the movie inspired by Smolan’s original work.

Media Storm has a 15-minute video on the photo book and movie.


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Khari is founder and editor of Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism. He also writes about bots and artificial intelligence for VentureBeat. He has built news startups in the U.S. and Europe for the last decade.

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