Two girls. Add coffee, film, camera, car, and the open road. Think Robert Frank meets Jack Kerouac.
The KodakKerouacs are two recent college grads with an unquenchable thirst for life and passion for art (and coffee too). The names pull from two of our heroes: George Eastman, the genius behind Kodak and fellow adventurer; and Jack Kerouac, author of On The Road and inventor of the iconic, American, road trip.
We intend to revive the American road trip with the only thing we have: our art. We will take to the road and document the people, places, and life we find along the way. We are not merely striving to be artists, we are cultural conservationists. We will come out of this project with a body of work and a photography book.
Our plan is to take 6 weeks to travel the continental United States, in our car, using back roads and lesser-known U.S routes to photograph and document the part of America that we seem to have swept under the rug. We will be using film photography including, but not limited to, 35mm, 120, 110, Polaroid, Kodak, Ilford, toy cameras, pinhole cameras, anything we can get out hands on. There is an essence to film that cannot be duplicated with digital, and it is fitting to photograph Americana, and all her dying glory, with a medium that is slowly being phased out for the newer, faster product. We will be blogging along the way, and lugging a film scanner so that we can include our images on the blog.
Why We Need YOU!
We are asking for a $5,000 donation.
This money will be used for:
- Purchasing film (which can run up to $8 for a single roll)
- Chemistry to process our film.
- Printing and presentation for the body of work
- Publishing a book of our photographs when we finish our trek.
We will be offering rewards for different donation levels. With more money we can drive further, and photograph more, so for every $1,000 we get beyond our goal, backers will be able to suggest and vote on an additional stop on our route. Your name will also appear in a special thank you section of our book.
Please check out our blog for more information!
Please help us achieve this mission by being part of our team and supporting us anyway you can. This is the opportunity of a lifetime to be part of a legacy that will last for generations and generations. The book we publish will be something that your children's children will be proud of and remember you by.
This is your chance to help preserve history.
Please help our "mission impossible"
Thank you for your contributions and for being part of our team
Immediately following the trip we will be working our butts off to get film developed and images printed and frantically (in the most zen-like way possible) creating a body of work that does justice to what we've seen and experienced. We will be making our book and publishing it. The body of work will travel through galleries across the country. Everything that the universe passes to us, on the road, we will pass on to you.
This is, to us, a legacy project. Upon completion we plan to have another road trip lined up, with more destinations and goals. We plan to travel and blog and photograph and make art for as long as God and the universe has something for us to say. Our next book might have us tracking down witches, or ghost towns. We might make books that focus on a region. We could fill a book with abandoned earthworks across the globe. We may spend months tracking down America's best cup of coffee. Honestly, we probably won't know where we need to be for our next project until we get knee-deep in this one.
This project is our launching point into a full career of traveling, photographing, and bringing to light that which is slowly being forgotten. Our mission is so much larger than this one project. We are capturing life, which is ever moving and ever changing. Life isn't going to end when this project ends.
In a nutshell, this is kickstarting a travel/art/life business more than it is funding a standalone project.
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