The Varieties of the Balloon Hat Experience documents a collaboration between artist and balloon twister Addi Somekh and photographer Charlie Eckert. From 1996 to 2000, Addi and Charlie traveled through 34 countries and 20 U.S. states, twisting over 100,000 balloons and capturing over 12,000 images on film.

At the heart of the project is an investigation into laugher as a universal human experience—an attempt to show that all of us are born with a sense of humor, and that our laughter sounds the same in every language.

This site is a compilation of their photos, stories, and videos of the people they met on the road. 

They are currently working on a book of their photos, with a tentative release date of July 2015. Sign up on the bottom of this page to subscribe to the Balloon Hat mailing list and get updates on the book.

Also, on the bottom right of the site, you can see other projects by Addi and Charlie (ranging from music, television, and photojournalism) as well as learning how to make your own balloon hats.