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Long Beach, CA – Renowned photographer and adventurer, Danny Zapalac, will be hosting an evening in celebration of his first self-published book Mile Seventy Eight, on February 20, 2010 at 3215 E. Spring St., Long Beach from 7pm – 11pm.

Transforming a Long Beach airplane hangar into a three dimensional gallery for this special evening, the book release and art exhibit will feature prints from the series as well as very special guest, the “Dreamer” camper. The “Dreamer” camper – one of the highlights of Mile Seventy Eight – will be on hand serving warm beverages as guests tour this magnificent machine in all her glory.

When asked about his craft, Danny says that photography is, “about more than just the pictures, it’s a way to embrace life. It’s a journey from here to there, and it’s an appreciation of each and every opportunity that comes along the way.” Mile Seventy Eight embodies this mantra and documents a trip into one of Southern California’s hidden treasures: The Angeles National Forest.

Danny will be signing copies of Mile Seventy Eight from 8pm – 9 pm. The edition of 500 will be available for $30 each while supplies last.

Various raffle prizes and silent auction items will be available and proceeds go to benefit the non-profit organization Protect Our Winters. A live acoustic set by Wake Up Lucid will be followed by sets from DJ’s Casey Carver, Steve-O, and Micah Miller. To RSVP, click here

About Danny Zapalac: Danny’s pictures reflect a man who enjoys living simply and passionately, committed to achieving without sacrificing integrity, or forgetting to be present in the moment. From his fresh flicks of family and friends to the images he creates on demand, his photos capture a free-spirited eccentric reality and eclectic vibe that has become his trademark.

His portfolio of work includes campaigns for Vans, BOND Outerwear, DirecTV, Oakley, Snowboarder Magazine, CHOC, Deutsch LA, Jackson Hole Mountain, ESPN, Boost Mobile, North Face, Men’s Journal and Outside Magazine to name a few. Danny was one of the few distinguished photographers to be chosen for the famed RedBull Illume project which traveled the world in 2006, and his exhibit Body Language: A Celebration of Women, was showcased at the Wooster Arts Space in New York that same year.

Danny, a.k.a. “The Doctor” lives in Long Beach, California with his wife and project manager Lyndsey Marie, and their whoodle puppy, Geez. He recently built a prefabricated structure that is now home to his studio. For more information on Danny, visit his website at dannyzapalac.com

About Mile Seventy Eight: With Mile Seventy Eight, Danny Zapalac captures the verve of friendship. His words and images are a subtle and heartwarming suggestion of how to embrace the world, throw caution to the wind, and live life to its fullest.

Mile Seventy Eight takes you on a photographic odyssey; a story of freedom and spontaneity. Three friends leaving everyday life to travel into the Angeles National Forest on the heels of the biggest storm to hit Southern California in a decade. This forest, only an hour and twenty minutes from Danny’s studio, is a step into another world

Danny has ventured into another world himself by taking a stride outside the norm to self-publish his first book that, as of press time, has already been featured in the Japanese magazine Snowstyle, Spanish magazine Snowplanet, Austria’s Method Mag, UK’s Cooler Mag and in the domestic Snowboard Mag. Images from Mile Seventy Eight were recently previewed in Aspen, Colorado during the Winter X Games and highlighted on ESPN’s coverage of Travis Rice’s new company, Asymbol. Click here to view footage. For more information on Mile Seventy Eight, visit mileseventyeight.com

About Protect Our Winters: Protect Our Winters (POW) is a tax exempt, non-profit organization dedicated to reversing the global warming crisis by uniting the winter sports community and focusing efforts towards a common goal of winter preservation. POW was founded in 2007 by Jeremy Jones, a professional snowboarder who is passionate about preserving winter sport industry and culture for current and future generations. Built on the snowsports culture’s inspired dedication to reversing climate change, POW has become an innovative leader in sponsoring effective renewable power, progressive environmental education, and organizing and enabling unique grassroots action. www.protectourwinters.org