John Guider presentation of: The River Inside

  • February 27, 2009 · 6:30 PM
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Hey fellow backpackers!

This is truly an amazing story, and i was so happy when John agreed to come and share his experience with us. Please read the following paragraphs to get an idea of this true adventure that John went on, and please come by to hang out, and enjoy this presentation. Due to the number of people attending this event SNACKS WILL NOT be provided, and we ask that if you can, please consider carpooling or park at Bruegger's next door to the nearby Shell station. This will greatly help with space in our parking lot so thank you! John will be signing books afterwards, so bring your copy or buy one when you get there! see you then- Frank

Tennessee photographer John Guider stepped into his 16-foot canoe on Spencer Creek in Williamson County five years ago and began his incredible journey. He paddled down the Harpeth, Cumberland, Tennessee, and Ohio rivers, paddling the mighty Mississippi and arriving at his final destination of New Orleans. The River Inside tells the story of Guider’s solo journey through the camera’s eye. Guider, who completed the upper portions of the Mississippi in three subsequent solo canoe trips taken from 2005 to 2007, captured more than 10,000 scenes of America’s waterways on film during his trips. He then selected and processed 75 platinum prints representative of the people and places he encountered along the way. The images offer a revealing perspective on the natural and controlled inland waterways that bisect the nation. Guider experienced powerful storms, multitudes of mosquitoes, serene sunrises and a variety of wildlife along the way. He often paddled 8 to 10 hours a day and was sometimes alone for 5 to 6 days at a time; the quiet, almost haunting solitude of Guider’s journeys are vividly evident in the resulting photographs.


In a journal chronicling his daily routine, Guider recorded the life he observed along the riverbanks and the details of what he felt were narrow escapes from lifethreatening situations. The River Inside title was drawn from the importance of rivers as prime conduits of vital commodities, and as overlooked by-ways. It speaks to the resonance between life-sustaining water sources and human beings.

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  • Cynthia O'Toole

    John Guider is such an interesting person. What an adventurer! I really enjoyed hearing about his experiences.

    February 28, 2009

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