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A book composed of medium format film photography & writing about inner change through travel.

Several photos from previous trips

There's something magical about travel. It's alluring. It's something so many people do, or want to do every year.

There is a particular part of travel that I am interested in, which is its ability to change people. Almost every year for the past decade and a half, I have gone on trips west from Nebraska. On those trips I've learned a lot about myself, and as a result of events that happened during them, I've changed. For example, last year I drove to Oregon alone, and all I could think about the entire time was what would happen if the car broke down. Even when I was safe and sound at a friend's house in Oregon, I still thought about how things could go wrong. I learned from that trip that at heart I'm kind of a worrier.

On these trips I've taken, I've had an impulse to document the happenings with writing and photos. However, those documentations have ended up in a binder of negatives or on a hard drive, never really seeing the light of day. This summer, on the one month trip I plan to take, I am planning to do something different. I want to take the photos and writing I do and publish them in a book. This book will be called "Eyes Out West." It should be done by this fall. I want this book to inspire people to take a trip of their own, to risk it, to see what's out there. Give it a shot!

Thanks for your interest, thanks for reading. See you on the road.

Who are you?

My name is Hudson Gardner. I am a self-taught photographer, writer, programmer/designer, and cook. 

A few great places to see more of my work are:

Portfolio • Flickr • Instagram

And here is a previous photo book I completed a few summers ago —

http://www.blurb.com/b/2659647-holy-dream-trip

Photographic Style

I do not edit my photos beyond scanning them, and basic color correction. They are not "enhanced" or cropped, like other pictures you see today. I emphasize skill in capturing over skill in editing.

My photographs deal with finding beauty in things that are seen as mundane. My images call attention to the subtlety most people miss. This call to attention is an important reflection for life in general. What are you missing in your daily life? What could you pay more attention to? I intend for my photography and writing to raise such questions as these.

What the funding will be used for

I don't currently have a medium format film camera, or a scanner, or the funds for buying gobs of film and paying for processing. This is where you come in. Through your support, I can make it all happen.

Why This Camera?

Medium format film gives photos a serious, serene feel, that is almost as clear and real as if the viewer herself were standing there looking at the scene. It creates powerful images, with the emotional *kapow!* that are perfect for my idea behind this trip. A 645 camera gives only 16 shots a roll, so I will have to be very careful, thus creating more impactful images through sheer low numbers of exposures.

Over The Goal?

What happens if I go over my goal? That means I can buy more film and shoot more images.

The Route - June 28 - July 31

FOLLOW ALONG

On this trip I will be taking photos with my iPhone 5 and instagram. 

FOLLOW ALONG HERE

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Equipment failure - If my camera breaks, I will be bringing along a few backups, including a digital camera and a couple iPhones.

Film - There is always a risk in shooting with film: it is a sensitive medium that is destroyed by light and damaged by the elements. I am planning on taking a dry bag where I will keep all my film rolls in case something dreadful happens (leaky tent, car crash, etc).

Usual "Life" risks - Driving this distance carries a lot of risk. However, I will do my utmost to see the project to its completion

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