We have officially made our goal and with 65 hours to spare! Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared! There is still time left though. Anything above the $5,000 goal just means I can can stay on the road longer and will go into publishing the resulting book.
Hi, I’m Lindsey Rickert and with your help, I am going to embark on a road trip around the country to photograph as many drive-in theaters as I possibly can. The resulting images will eventually be compiled into a coffee table book. But, first things first, I have to make it to all of the locations! Thank you so much for looking at my project, and if you are inspired by it, please share it with your friends!
Drive-In theaters symbolize a part of America’s past. As we move forward in a digital world, we are watching these theaters become ruins before our eyes. The number of drive-in theaters has declined from over 4,000 locations during its heyday in the 1950s, to less than 400 still operating today. Last year, the film industry converted to an all-digital format, creating an $80,000+ burden for already struggling drive-in theater owners.
Through all of this, there has been an amazing pushback from communities around the country to keep this piece of history alive. Numerous campaigns have been launched to save drive-in theaters, with support being wildly successful for some. Communities have come together to keep these relics as a part of our lives. I want to capture this dynamic while it's happening. I want to create images that intertwine our past, present, and future with this American icon, and I also want to keep you with me via my trip blog!
I will be embarking on this trip regardless of funds raised, but how far I can get and how long I can stay on the road relies upon you. I will need a few days at each drive-in location for scouting, finding models and gathering props in order to ensure that I capture the perfect photographs before moving to the next location. Kickstarter funds will help defray travel expenses, such as gas, food, and campsites. I will keep trip costs down by staying with as many friends and family members as I can along the way, as well as camping, and if I have to, even sleeping in my car.
My photographic style is not to document a moment in time as it is happening, but rather to create a moment in time for the sole purpose of capturing it. Since my work is often influenced by cinema, it seems only natural to use such a cinematic icon as my subject matter. Here are some examples of my past work to help you get a sense of my style.
To view more of my work, you can visit my website www.lindseyrickert.com.
I will be leaving in mid-July. The route for this trip will heavily depend upon the success of this Kickstarter. It's my goal to be on the road for 2-3 months so that I have ample time to circle the country. I have based my trip off of 27 abandoned drive-in theater locations that I have been inspired by. Next, I am working on filling in the route with theaters that are still operational.
Each stop will take time and planning. Some locations may take only one day to capture, while others take three days, so the schedule will be flexible. As the Kickstarter campaign progresses and I have a better understanding of the funds I will be working with, more locations will get added and the plan will become more solidified. I am always open to suggestions on theaters so if you know of one, please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
To keep up with this project, please visit www.drive-inamerica.com.
Huge thank you to Derek Willis for helping with the video!
Risks and challenges
As with any road trip, the biggest challenge will be keeping the car running safely for the entire journey. Before hitting the road I will be taking precautions and getting the car checked out and serviced where needed. I will keep up on regular maintenance throughout the trip. And most importantly I have AAA!
I will also be trying secure business sponsorships that will help cover the costs of maintenance.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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