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Jake 5 of 100

Posted by
Ralph Jones (Detroit, United States) on 22 July 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Mission Statement:
To document the city in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people.

The One Hundred Strangers project is a photographic exercise in which the participants are challenged to approach 100 people they don’t know, take a photograph, start a conversation, and write about the encounter.

Meet Jake Stachovak

Jake is not a Detroiter, he is from Portage Wisconsin and was just passing through the area on his way home when we met. There is nothing out of the ordinary or remarkable about that. Because of Detroit’s proximity to Canada and two of the Great Lakes, lots of folks pass through in route to other destinations. The thing that compelled me to photograph and interview Jake was his mode of transportation. Jake was traveling by kayak.
As it turns out Jake was on day 223 of a journey that began in Portage Wisconsin, paddling down the Mississippi River to the Gulf Coast, Florida and then up the east coast, though New York and the Great Lakes back to Portage Wisconsin. That’s 5000 miles by paddle power. No motor, no sail, paddle power. Jake is supported along the way by his sponsors, local kayaking organizations and the kindness of strangers that might provide a warm meal or a firm mattress, but mostly Jake is on his own with the water, sun, stars and element as his companions. I asked Jake how long it would take for him to get home and he estimates another two months. Best of luck to you Jake on your adventures home.
To learn more about Jake and his Portage to Portage journey visit:
http://www.portagetoportage.com/index.html

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

Mission Statement:
To document the city in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people.

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

http://www.ralphjones313.com/

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

5 stars for this portrait. The light in his eyes is beautiful

22 Jul 2010 5:24am

STEED from Somewhere, France

People in the street are (sometimes)happy to met with us.......Sometimes....

22 Jul 2010 6:18am

David from Detroit, United States

Another great shot! I read about Jake in the paper the other day. Odd how you happened to meet another kayaker....

22 Jul 2010 1:48pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

I am amazed and stunned by this story. What an adventure!! Incredible share, Ralph.

22 Jul 2010 2:11pm

Donald from Detroit, United States

Fine image and portrait, Ralph.

22 Jul 2010 2:44pm

Lori from Michigan, United States

Wow! What a story!! Great portrait too :) You are inspiring me Ralph!

22 Jul 2010 9:10pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Great key light in the eyes on your subject here, Ralph - loving this series...

22 Jul 2010 9:33pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wow. That's fantastic. Every day I am more and more in love with this. I can't believe there will be one hundred more joys to come. You know, as a writer, I am a sucker for people and their stories. I just love this and find it very moving. Bravo.

23 Jul 2010 12:57am

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Well now I just feel lazy. :) Every kayak I see on the Hudson river in the next few weeks will make me think of Jake.

23 Jul 2010 2:30am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great capture of a beautiful smile. Another two months to get home from Detroit? Sounds like he'll make it back before the water freezes "up there." :-) What a passion he must have for such a journey. Here's to a safe return home.

23 Jul 2010 3:26am

Jane from SomeWhere, Canada

He look like "Ernest" only cuter :)
Great portrait! :)

24 Jul 2010 2:27am

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

He reminds me of the guy that hosts Dirty Jobs.

25 Jul 2010 8:59pm