After I compiled the Venice Boardwalk, I sold every valuable possession I had and took a bus to New York City to record the two most significant boardwalks on the east coast. After staying with a friend from Venice who then lived in the Eastside of Manhattan, I ventured to record "Coney Island" and "Atlantic City New Jersey" Boardwalks. Upon the completion of the "Coney Island New York" panorama I headed out on another bus to Atlantic City. Bewildered by the geographic conditions there I had to return back to New York due to my unable to film Atlantic City because their shore being too close to the boardwalk. It was suggested that I hire an airplane with a track camera. Not having the funds for that kind of apparatus, while in rash desperation, I wrote to the Donald Trump (his buildings were on that Boardwalk) for his assistance to underwrite this project. His office replied that my proposal lacked the sufficient amount of funds needed to approach him. I was short by many hundreds of thousands of dollars. His secretary screened my request and stated, that "The Donald" gets fifty submittals a day requesting a million dollars or more and that my measly $50,000 was too small in comparison to all the other requests. My passion for this art concept was foreshortened by a business protocol which I could not control or get to explain to Trump himself. I then returned with the unique panorama camera I rented in NY to the Atlantic City Boardwalk again. I Walked out on the end of the pier to re-examine the situation where I witnessed a European tourist record the Boardwalk with the identical camera in two opposite directions. After slapping my forehead, and mumbling to myself, Now Why Didn't I Think Of That
I repeated the same technique and solved that problem. Impoverished, with the processed film in my backpack, I hitchhiked back to Venice.