Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 by Will Hagle
Local Eyes Project documents a couple’s journey through North and South America, as captured by local inhabitants.
The Local Eyes Project is one of the most unique travel blogs available on the web. The project was created by two French art directors, Charles Antoine de Sousa and Lucie Bascoul. The two sent disposable cameras to willing participants living along the route they were planning on traveling — from Alaska to Vancouver, through the West Coast of the U.S. and finally down to South America. The couple asked local people to take pictures of daily life in their respective cities, providing a document of the trip that goes outside the typical tourist path. They then interviewed each participant upon arriving in their city.
The Local Eyes Project journey begins in Anchorage, Alaska, and it’s truly amazing to get a sense of the city through Kendra, the 26-year-old woman who signed up to participate. Each interview showcases a particular city from a deeply personal perspective, which ultimately gives more insight than a travel guide or site like Lonely Planet could ever provide. The web design is also well-executed, and it’s fun to navigate all the intricacies of the site. There are interesting people profiled in every city. De Sousa and Bascoul must’ve had an amazing time on their journey through the Americas, and they’ve done an amazing job sharing the experience with the world on their site.