Dissapearing America. Photographing the failing edifice of man against the splendor of nature as seen from the loneliest road, US-50.
The Loneliest Road snakes through the continental US across 3200 miles of some of the most desolate and beautiful landscapes of America, trailing the westward expansion of the early pioneers and settlers. Flowing through the land peppered with tiny towns struggling to keep modernity at bay, open vistas untouched by human hand, and vast stretches of serene nothingness, The Loneliest Road also known as US-50, or Backbone of America, provides you with the cross section of the american landscape.
I will be traveling by myself along the US-50 from Ocean City, Maryland, to San Francisco in California in order to capture and document the America that often-times goes by unnoticed, and is slowly disappearing from our consciousness as modernity and suburban sprawl march forward. Horizon devouring cornfields, abandoned farmsteads, burning deserts, time-worn towns and majestic mountains. Juxtaposition of failing edifices of man against the splendor and grandeur of nature along the crooked vein of America.
I will be documenting the voyage, the land and the people with photography using a wide assortment of digital and analogue equipment, from old film warhorses such as Argus "The Lunchbox" C3, and medium format cameras like Yashica-Mat 124 TLR to modern DSLR systems such as Nikon D50. Not every photo needs fidelity, and not every camera can capture the spirit of a place.
Main goal of this this endavor is publishing of a photo book detailing this historic highway, and my trek through the continental US. To expand the narrative I am also planning on providing daily updates and diary entries to all the people who contribute to this project, through the it's blog.
Anything and everything will be photographed, and I hope that those choosing to pledge money towards this venture, will be able to experience the splendor of the loneliest road and the beautiful scenery of the country it bisects.
While such projects are usually a big financial drain, I have made arrangements to cover most of the costs of this endeavor. Your pledges would help me cover the most crucial expense of the trip, namely the transportation costs. The whole journey will span over 6400 miles, which translates to many gallons of gasoline. I feel that 700 of american dollars would cover most of those expenses, and help me out find some cheap motels for the nights when sleeping in a car is not an option. Any amount over the specified fundraising goal would just go towards making my journey a less spartan affair.
Big thanks are in order to anyone who took their time to read this, and learn about my humble project, and double big thanks to those that chose to support it. By helping me get this venture off the ground, you will hopefully be delighted with the accounts of my travels and the fabulous rewards I will be sending you.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on June 26, 2010.
Jun 1, 2010 - Jun 26, 2010
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Pledge $5 or more
You will gain access to the blog documenting my journey, and a custom made postcard from the trip delivered to your mailbox.
Pledge $10 or more
You will be mailed a set of fifteen small prints from the trip. Everyone likes to get mail that isn't bills! You will also gain access to the travel blog.
Pledge $25 or more
This is the knick-knack special! In addition to the blog access, you will receive fifteen small prints from the trip, as well as a unique instant photo made specially for you! But wait, there is more! You will also receive a custom magnet to attach that photo to your fridge! You will be the talk of the town!
Pledge $50 or more
This is the meat of the reward ladder. You will receive a copy of the Loneliest Road photo book, which is the basis for this project. Your name will be immortalized in the special thank you section of the book. Blog access goes without saying.
Pledge $75 or more
This is for those who like a bit extra. You will receive a signed copy of the book, a thank you, and three 8x10 or 10x10 prints from the trip. And don't forget the blog access.
Pledge $100 or more
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This one is for the collectors and people with room on their walls. You will receive a large (10x20 or 20x20) signed print from my perilous journey. Print will be of a photo of your choosing, and will be made with love.
Pledge $150 or more
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Everything. You will get everything listed above.