Those hot, steamy days of dragging an overloaded canoe through Amazonian swamps, the endless repetitive motion of paddling the canoe along mile after mile of slow flowing waters, seem a far cry from life in the UK. But as each photograph from the expedition has been shortlisted and each anecdote lifted from the journals we kept at the time, the search for Manchester, Bolivia comes to life again.
In line with our belief that anybody can do something like this, we have tried to create an exhibition that is inspiring and will help people believe that they could do something similar, if they want to. It is not an exhibition of expensive and beautifully framed prints, it’s not an exhibition about two people who are super-human adventurers. The visitor will, we hope, see something that makes him or her think “I could do that!” The five metre canoe, expedition equipment, journal entries, maps and over forty photographs from the expedition can all be seen on display from Saturday 4th September 2010 until February 2011.
The Finding Manchester Exhibition opens at the Manchester Museum and is free to enter. (That’s Manchester, England by the way.) Come and see what the reality of an Amazon adventure really is and be inspired.