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UNSETTLEMENT is a photographic journey of 3,500 miles, seeking out RV parks & campgrounds and photographing their migratory inhabitants

What is UNSETTLEMENT?

The UNSETTLEMENT project is a photographic journey of over 3,500 miles.

In 1963 Buckminster Fuller proposed an end to urbanism and predicted “an urban strategy termed ‘unsettlement’, consisting of a network of hyper-mobile nomadic bodies operating at the scale of the entire world connected through invisible radio links.” Fifty years later, that prediction has come to fruition in nearly unimaginable numbers. In the US this community of nomads consists largely of retirees (though they are joined by an increasing number of multi-generational families) and while it is difficult to secure hard numbers on a group this fluid it is not at all unreasonable to count them in the millions. Who are these people? I want to know. I want to know how they made the decision to pack up their lives and hit the road. And how do they make it work?

The UNSETTLEMENT project will document these modern gypsies and the homes they carry with them in a photographic journey of over 3,500 miles. During the summer of 2012 the UNSETTLEMENT project will travel from Florida to Maine and back again, seeking out RV parks, campgrounds, state and national parks, and photographing their migratory inhabitants. The resulting photographs and collected oral histories will be exhibited in college and university galleries and will be compiled into a companion book. The first exhibition is scheduled at Gadsden State College in Alabama for early 2013.

Follow along!

I will chronicle this epic adventure through the UNSETTLEMENT  blog  as well as on Facebook and Twitter, so you can follow along every step of the way!

Why do I need this money?

UNSETTLEMENT is being funded in part through a Savannah College of Art & Design, Inc. Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Development. However, this fellowship only covers a small portion of the expenses required for such an undertaking. I hope you will sign on as part of the UNSETTLEMENT team and help us see this project through to completion.

Funds raised through Kickstarter will be used to cover purchase of photography equipment required for the project as well as travel expenses not covered by the SCAD Fellowship. If we manage to exceed our goal (a girl can dream!) then the additional funds will be put towards the production of the UNSETTLEMENT book.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this project description! If you have any questions, please email me at awaldvog@scad.edu. And if you decide to pledge towards this project, please help me spread the word on Facebook and beyond. Remember, Kickstarter is all or nothing, so if we don't reach our $2,000 goal we all go home empty handed - and I really want the chance to share these great rewards with you!

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    Every $5 is another gallon of gas and a few more miles down the road! In exchange for your donation you will receive a postcard from the road as a personal thank you and a note of acknowledgement on the sponsors page of unsettlement.com

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    For your donation of $25 or more you will receive a postcard from the road as a personal thank you, a 5" x 7" photograph from the UNSETTLEMENT series, and a note of acknowledgement on the sponsors page unsettlement.com.

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    For your donation of $50 or more you will receive a postcard from the road as a personal thank you, a note of acknowledgement on the sponsors page of unsettlement.com, and an 8" x 10" photograph from the UNSETTLEMENT series.

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    SPECIAL FOR FTF MEMBERS! For your donation of $50 or more you can schedule a family mini photo session during the FTF Rally in Lancaster, PA this June! Have a family portrait made with your RV and pets. You will receive a CD with high resolution photographs to use for Christmas cards, email to friends and family, etc. (Value of photo session package = $250) PLUS receive a digital version of the UNSETTLEMENT book as an extra thank you!

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    SPECIAL FOR SOUTHERN MAMAS READERS! For your donation of $75 or more you will receive a 1 hour family photo session on location (in Savannah only) plus a CD of high resolution edited images to use as you wish. Sessions may be scheduled any time after we return to Savannah in late-August - perfect for back-to-school photos, Christmas cards, etc. ONLY 2 AVAILABLE AT THIS PRICE!

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    For your donation of $75 or more you will receive a postcard from the road as a personal thank you, a note of acknowledgement on the sponsors page of unsettlement.com, and a signed copy of the UNSETTLEMENT exhibition catalog.

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    SPECIAL FOR SOUTHERN MAMAS READERS! For your donation of $100 or more you will receive a 1 hour family photo session on location (in Savannah only) plus a CD of high resolution edited images to use as you wish. Sessions may be scheduled any time after we return to Savannah in late-August - perfect for back-to-school photos, Christmas cards, etc. ONLY 10 AVAILABLE AT THIS PRICE!

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    For your donation of $100 or more you will receive a postcard from the road as a personal thank you, a note of acknowledgement on the sponsors page of unsettlement.com, an 8" x10" photograph and a signed copy of the UNSETTLEMENT exhibition catalog including personal acknowledgment of your sponsorship printed in the back of the book.

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    SPECIAL FOR SOUTHERN MAMAS READERS! For your donation of $150 or more you will receive a 1 hour family photo session on location (in Savannah only) plus a CD of high resolution edited images to use as you wish. Sessions may be scheduled any time after we return to Savannah in late-August - perfect for back-to-school photos, Christmas cards, etc. ONLY 10 AVAILABLE AT THIS PRICE!

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    For your donation of $200 or more you will receive a postcard from the road as a personal thank you, a note of acknowledgement on the sponsors page of unsettlement.com, a signed copy of the UNSETTLEMENT exhibition catalog including personal acknowledgment of your sponsorship printed in the back of the book and an 11" x 14" photograph from the UNSETTLEMENT series.

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