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I will drive around the US and put together a book of photos and stories of my travels
I will drive around the US and put together a book of photos and stories of my travels
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UPDATE:  Thanks so much for helping me reach my goal!  I am so relieved to have reached it and I am so excited to start working on this!  I am adding an extended goal of $20,000, if I reach this amount I will be able to print all the books as hardcovers instead of softcover.  Thanks so much again!

My name is Kyle Thompson and I am a conceptual photographer from Chicago.   I recently finished a year long photography project where I took and posted a photo every day for a year.  Now, for my next project I am making my first photography book.

Immediately after this Kickstarter ends, I will be leaving home and will drive around the US in order to produce my first photography book! I plan on the book being around 140 pages, and to include around 80-100 concept photos along with text and stories describing my journey, candid photos, etc. I'll be gone and working on the book for around 5-6 months and will be going nearly everywhere I can in the continental US.

Most of the money for this project will go towards printing the first edition of this book. I'll be spending as little money as possible on this trip. Ill sleep in my car, or at the homes of people I meet.  The idea will be to create the best photos I can.  Nearly all of my photos have been taken in a small flat suburb in Illinois.  A change of scenery could dramatically improve my photos.  I have really high hopes for this project!

Risks and challenges

Since the idea of the trip is to explore and see where it takes me, its inevitable that I will face some problems along the way. Maybe my car will break down, or Ill need to get my camera fixed at some point, and these would slow down my progress. Or maybe the book will take longer to put together then I expect it to. But I am completely dedicated to this project, and will work to overcome any obstacle

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    Signed paperback copy of the finished book, and digital PDF copy sent to your email, and a one of a kind polaroid/instax photo taken during the trip.

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    Everything on $80 level plus a softcover booklet with printed copies of all polaroid/instax photos taken on the trip

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    TWO signed copies of the finished book, a digital PDF copy of the book, one of a kind polaroid/instax photo and booklet with printed copies of all instant photos taken on trip

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    Everything at $250 level, and I will visit you anywhere in the US and do a conceptual portrait shoot of you or any one you'd like

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