Welcome to the project page of my genesis NFT collection, ENCOUNTER.

<Before starting>

As far as I remember, the strongest feeling I've ever had, was the joy of meeting people who are different than me, from their physical traits to their cultural background. This collection aims to bring together 50 portraits of people I've met and become friends with while traveling around the world. If you visit my website you might notice that I used to classify my work by places. But as I entered this new space, I decided to enter a new creative logic. After wandering around NFT collections, I noticed so many ways of organizing content. It opened my eyes on my own work and I decided to gather the essence of why I photograph and travel: ENCOUNTERS.

<The context and vision of the project>

I traveled on my own from 2017 to 2020, and I visited many countries, I moved with many types of vehicles and I met a lot of people. What I remember the most is them, the people with their stories and lives. My trip was what I wanted to make as a photographer, using local transportation being close to the "ordinary" people and go randomly with the flow. I've seen so many incredible images of Masaai, Amazonians tribes and other very exotic communities. I love them and cherish them! But as a photographer, I wish to make my contribution to building and sharing something different. I decided that I want to show the people only a few look at through the randomness of meeting them while traveling. They were probably not exciting enough by their pain or too attractive by their beauty, I don't really know. This is what I want, these humans in between. In this collection, you wont see dark images (some are actually) neither enlightening portraits (some are too). You will just see people stopping a moment for my camera. Alongside the portraitures, as I give great importance to the stories, you will have the opportunity to own a part of the event behind the shot or the person's life itself. If you are curious about others and their lives do not hesitate to check on these people. Their ordinary lives are, in my opinion, worth being noticed.

<My technical position>

My creation process is very "simple" and straight forward. I have one camera, one zoom lens, no lighting, and I don't display or direct people. It's just me meeting others and shooting either when they ask or when I see the reality sparking up. I follow the same kind of rules for my editing process that I do without Photoshop. However, I do some color correction to give the image a more vibrant tone and make the colors pop a bit more. That's it.

<How will the NFT mint work technically?>

A maximum of 50 encounters will be minted. The collection will be available on Foundation.app/@sai-pe . All the images will be minted with a reserve price of 0.2 ETH. At start, I will mint only the first image, "ENCOUNTER #1". Once an image gets sold, two new images will be minted. The aim of this page is to provide you with the 50 images in advance that will be minted. But, to give you the same pleasure of randomness I had while traveling, the order of the mint and the stories will be kept secret.

<What happens after it's sold out?>

If this genesis collection is limited to 50, the global project of ENCOUNTER is as humankind: infinite. In other words, I wish to dedicate my entire life to this project (and I mean it). I wish to wander the world to meet people and share their lives again and again. Because I still have a lot of images of my three year trip, I already work on the second collection which will be named "ORDINARY", it will display life scenes I saw around the world. Many of them will show the people present in "ENCOUNTER", some others will be some kind of street photography.

<What happens with the money?>

I'm still in contact with most of the people you see (thanks to technology). As you will notice many of them are quite poor and live in harsh conditions. I will contact them and see if there is anything they need for their community. Knowing from them what could be built or improved, I would try to fund some of their projects. I'm saving a minimum of 20% of everything I earn in a second wallet. These funds would be allocated to help these people who offered me their identity and intimacy.

I think that's it. Thank you for reading. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them. I hope I can answer all...

Stay kind, stay curious.

Enjoy the trip :)

- Leo Deru