This interview is a part of a new series that highlights the story of the Traveling Umbrella. Each project participant is mailed the Traveling Umbrella and asked to keep it for about a week. They use it as a photography prop before they mail it on to the next person on the waiting list. Learn more at:
Participant: Matt Treiber
Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA
Find Him on Instagram: matt_trieber
Interviewed by: Rachel Fergus
Almost every person I have spoken to about the ‘brella has been in agreement on one thing: The umbrella helps build community. To Matt, the Traveling Umbrella is “a delightfully whimsical connection to disparate people across the globe. The world needs to be more connected and less isolated”. The first picture Matt took with the ‘brella is a perfect example of how the Traveling Umbrella builds community and friendship.
My first picture I posted with the umbrella, which happened to be the first time I met Jill[Emmer] in person. Have you heard of the hashtag #anythingforthegram? Jill had no problems getting soaked under a waterfall for my shot and we had only met each other online up until this point and it was wonderful to see others go to the same length for a shot as I have for others and this was well before there was even the #shineonyoucrayumbrella tag.