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By Sarah Windels
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About this project

Is this election important?  Does the current political climate make a difference in the ultimate landscape of American history?

These questions are among the many that I explore with the images of The Middle Road.  Ultimately, the photographs capture this election in a way that is unique from how we normally see the political landscape. 

The Middle Road continues a 2008 photography project that captured political signs throughout the American landscape along Interstate 80 – a road that divides the country in half.  

It's time to do it again.

Images from the 2008 presidential election
Images from the 2008 presidential election

ONLY YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!

I cannot make The Middle Road project happen without your support. Funds raised here will cover film, processing, scanning, some travel costs, and one set of master prints. The goal here is to capture the images and get them up online for the world to see them. Any moneys raised above the KICKSTARTER goal will allow me to begin the process of turning The Middle Road into a book - the place that the project can remark on our time in history in perpetuity. But for now, the main piece of the project is simply capturing the images.

Let me send a postcard to you from the road! Donate a little or a lot and you'll get big rewards. 

Back in 2008 I headed east on Interstate 80 in search of evidence of political action throughout the nation.  Election fever gripped everyone.  From the looks of things, everyone everywhere was fixated on politics and getting involved in the campaigns in little and big ways.  I was excited to see so many people so motivated and inspired to get involved. 

The media displayed the craze throughout the nation, and so the assumption that I left the Bay Area with was that it would be a simple matter of following I-80 and I could easily capture the political fervor with my own camera.  Due to either a) the media's creative and exaggerated story-telling or b) my own naivité, I found something different.  Sure, I found evidence that an election was going on, but I also found it's significance amongst the big picture to be severely diminished by the landscape. 

You can check out the images from that trip here: http://www.sarahwindels.com/themiddleroad

Malcolm, Iowa (2008)
Malcolm, Iowa (2008)

Now, in 2012, another election is before us. 

The seeds have been planted;  it's time to photograph the political landscape once more.

This project is important.  The images here are unique and capture our time and place in a way that is different from how we normally see landscapes and politics. I hope you can support this unique insight into our culture and our time.

I welcome insights and inspirations that might further fuel the project's success.

All the best,

~ Sarah

Images from the 2008 presidential election
Images from the 2008 presidential election

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    EVERY contribution to this project will receive a print! Check out the 'UPDATES' tab to see what it looks like - New York, NY, Kid on a Scooter (2008).

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