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an original photobook—sequential vignettes of industrial & rural decay alongside America's busiest passenger railway
an original photobook—sequential vignettes of industrial & rural decay alongside America's busiest passenger railway
56 backers pledged $3,463 to help bring this project to life.

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"We do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us." – Henry David Thoreau

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Hello & thanks so much for visiting my kickstarter page.  With your help, I'd like to design & publish an original photobook that documents rural & urban decay alongisde Amtrak's Northeast Corridor rail line between Washington, DC, & New York City.

Here are some sample pages from the initial set of photos I shot:

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If I reach my funding goal ($1776) & move forward with production, the book will be no less than 200 pages—with some minimal accompanying graphic art & text, including at least one original essay.  Most photos will be in the form shown above—taken out the train's window with continuous exposures—however, I will be getting off the train a few times for a closer look at certain locations.

If I reach my funding goal, I hope this book will increase awareness about the struggling communities alongside the NEC railway, & about the neglect & desperation that's often hidden in plain sight.

As I mentioned in the video, this project was partially inspired by Stephan Kaluza's Thames Project, in which he photographed the entire length of the river on both sides to produce an amazing book.

All funds received from this project will be used to deliver the described rewards (and to pay for one roundtrip Amtrak ticket from DC to NYC).

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You can find more of my work here & here

If you have any questions at all (or you just want to confirm that I'm a real person) you can email me at ross dot goodwin at gmail dot com, or call me by using the google voice widget on this page.

Thanks again for your time & consideration.  

- Ross

P.S. Even if you decide not to help me, I hope you'll check out some of the other great projects on Kickstarter—this site supports some incredible creativity and innovation. 

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  • Please add $50 to any reward at the $100 level and above.

    If you plan to give $45, please add $15 ($60 total).

    There's no need to add any amount at the $15 level and below, since those rewards don't involve any shipping.

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  • I can't yet provide an accurate estimate of what proportions of the book will be in color vs. b&w, because ideally I'd like to do both.

    The overall flow of the book will most likely be longer b&w sections of the landscape, punctuated by short color sections taken at select locations; or it will be longer color sections, punctuated by short b&w off-the-train sections.

    The reason why the current set of sample pages are all in b&w is because they are all from the initial, limited set of photographs I took when I had the idea for this project on the train. In those photos, I felt that the colors detracted from their composition. However, I'm planning to borrow a much higher-end dSLR than the compact, travel model I used for that first set, so I'm willing to leave that door open in case the next set of landscapes do look better in color.

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    ALL ABOVE + 1 signed, numbered 10"x8" print of your choice

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    the photobook (self-published 10"x8" landscape hardcover, 200+ pages) + both PDF editions

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    $100 rewards + 1 signed, numbered 14"x11" print of your choice + your name on a special page in the book

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    1 signed, numbered copy of the XL limited-run coffee table book (self-published 13"x11" landscape hardcover, 200+ pages) + both PDF editions + 1 signed, numbered, 14"x11" print of your choice + your name on a special page in the book

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    $300 rewards + 1 signed, numbered 40"x30" print of your choice

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    $1000 rewards + 2 additional signed, numbered XL edition books + 10 signed copies of the original edition (10"x8") coffee table book + 5 signed, numbered 40"x30" prints of your choice + USB drive with high-resolution ebooks + publisher credit listed on all versions

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