Visitors to Venice Beach are being asked to write their wishes on a posterboard that is being used by an artist and photographer who plans to create an online book and documentary on the wishes written down on the posterboards.

Santa Monica artist and photographer Philip Warbasse closed the first phase of his I-Wish Project Wednesday, February 15th.

The next phase of the project involves travels to other cities, where he also plans to ask for passersby to write down their wishes.

“I met so many incredible folks that left me to ponder the preconceived notions we have about one another,” Warbasse said.

“My hope is that we can learn from each other and begin to replace some of the illogical fears we have about one another with understanding.

Each participant photographed was asked to display his wish written on posterboard as part of a portrait.

They were also given an opportunity to talk about their wish, creating a multimedia presentation of the book on-line.

Warbasse’s goal was to break down the stereotypes that people have of one another as well as document and preserve the social climate of Venice.

“After the Venice shoot, my goal is to tour this project in select cities from the United States to Europe,” Warbasse said.

“From the feedback I have received so far, I think it is really going to resonate with people from all walks of life.”

The I-Wish Project is an all-volunteer effort and proceeds from the sale of the books will benefit local nonprofit organizations.

Information, visit the Web site at www.i-wish.org

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