Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Shootapalooza II: The Sequel's video poster
Play

A photographer's 50 day, 7,000 mile journey across America and Canada, crafting whimsical, fictional photographic stories. Read more

Rockport, ME Photography
Share this project
31
backers
$1,890
pledged of $1,500 goal
0
seconds to go

Funded!

This project was successfully funded on May 11, 2013.

A photographer's 50 day, 7,000 mile journey across America and Canada, crafting whimsical, fictional photographic stories.

Rockport, ME Photography
Share this project

About this project

New potential cities have been added! See the updated list at the bottom!

Hi, my name is Andy Bloxham. I'm an Assistant Professor of Art at WV Wesleyan College, and Faculty at the Maine Media Workshops. You can view my imagery at http://www.andybloxham.com

To get a feel for what a Shootapalooza is like, and if this is something you'd be interested in backing, I kept a blog during the original one. Feel free to browse through it to read and see the range of journeys and photographic opportunities took place on this trek. http://www.andybloxham.com/shootapalooza

In 2010, I set out on a journey. I routinely traveled from Louisiana to Maine each year to teach photography at the Maine Media Workshops, but that year, I decided to expand a 3 day drive into a 3 week adventure across the middle and northeastern side of America and Canada. In 4,000 miles, I stopped off at big and small cities, networked with local actors, and constructed elaborate fictionalized photographs from my personal notebook of ideas. The completed imagery went on to launch in solo and group exhibitions, featured in publications, and is a focus now in both a documentary and artist talks around the country.

Currently, I am midway through an entirely new fictional photography series. I have been working on them steadily amongst travel and teaching. The content deals with a collection of short stories I wrote over the span of 9 months, which in many ways served to expel stress and frustrations. This was my only creative outlet that made sense during this time. I have extracted the core messages of each story and am translating them into abstracted narratives. Thus far, either for special trips to photograph or squeezing time in during visiting artist talks, I have worked on the project while in Louisiana, West Virginia, Utah, Indiana, and Pittsburgh. I suppose I enjoy the diversity travel offers me for a full range of image potential. I want the project completed this year, and I want to wrap it up at locations around both America and Canada. So this year, I'm doing a Shootapalooza again, but this time I'm raising the stakes. After visiting family, I'm setting out from Louisiana but traveling the most out of the way possible to reach Maine for the workshops.

My goal is 50 days on the road. I will be leaving Louisiana on May 23, and will arrive in Maine on July 11. The current shooting locations scheduled are:

West Monroe, LA
Austin, TX
San Antonio, TX
Las Cruces, NM
Phoenix, AZ
Prescott, AZ *new*
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
Chico, CA *new*
Medford, OR
Portland, OR
Seattle, WA
Vancouver, BC
Kamloops, BC
Calgary, AB
Regina, SK
Winnipeg, MB
Minneapolis, MN
Harlan, IA *new*
South Bend, IN *new*
Cleveland, OH *new*

Toronto, ON
Montreal, QC
Essex Junction, VT *new*
Quebec City, QC
Woodstock, NB
Rockport, ME

I have networked with local actors, models, and photographers in each of the areas. Each day at a new city will bring a new set, a new idea, and a new creation. I am approaching the creation process in a diverse manner, with both singular creation processes in addition to using this trip as a teaching tool across various locations with possible colleges and universities.

In addition to crafting these highly involved productions, I will also be working on a side project during my "free time" on this journey. One of the things that I took away from the previous trip was how, no matter where I was, the human spirit of residents everywhere was a consistent variable. Using a scaled-down, personal lighting setup, I will be creating portraits of everyone I come across and interact with along my trip. My conservative estimate is to finish the trip with 50 portraits, though I imagine the total will come closer to 100 or more if past experiences are any indicator.

At the conclusion of this trip, work made on Shootapalooza II: The Sequel, will debut in a new solo exhibition at Livaudais Studio, in Monroe, Louisiana, during February 2014. From there, it will continue on as part of this consistent traveling "Fictions" exhibit. Additionally, the work will be submitted for publication across a variety of magazines, and I will use this experience to build an entirely new photography artist talk to discuss both the work, and the power of using networks and social media to complete rather large photographic project undertakings.

For this trip, I am using my own personal funds but reaching out to Kickstarter to help finish the goals. I'll be driving 7,000 miles over 50 days. Factoring in my 30mpg gas mileage and the current average price of gas between America and Canada, I'm looking at around $1,000 for gasoline. Additionally, if I eat on $20 a day, 50 days of travel will lead to a need of $1,000. My car will also need two oil changes while on this trip. To help with these basic needs, I am setting the launch goal of this Kickstarter at $1,500 to help offset these costs. Combined with my income, these are the very basics that will be needed in order for this photography trip to successfully launch.

I will be bringing my own studio equipment and assortment of props, but if *fingers crossed* the Kickstarter is successful and people continue to contribute, there are a few extra items that will add productivity to the trip. First off, this will help ensure the full range of the gas/food budget will be covered. I would like to add a Vagabond Mini with an additional battery pack to my photography inventory, for increased power flexibility in tricky shooting locations. Proper sandbags would be a fantastic addition to the equipment. I lost a few good umbrellas on the last trip due to inferior bags. Extra batteries and memory cards will be highly beneficial, as will extra hard-drive storage for the massive amounts of imagery that will be acquired over 50 days. Production materials such as paper and frames will be bought with surplus contributions, which will go towards the rewards for backers. And if someone backs this project with the 5D Reward (which is not only a completely functional camera but also one that has specifically been responsible for the first Shootapalooza and nearly every other photograph you've seen of mine in galleries or magazines) then I will be upgrading to a Canon 5D II for this trip, adding the ability for video capture in addition to higher resolution stills.

Speaking of backers, I have provided a wide range of options for anyone interested in helping make this trip a reality. Anyone who backs this project will be receiving a variety of project-specific mail. I will be creating one of a kind instant photographs while on the trip, that are available as a reward. Additionally, if you would like to own a final print of work created from this trip, I have provided you with a wide range of size options, from the standard 8"x10" for both portraits and the fictional imagery, all the way up to 13"x19" for each, and 16"x24" for the fictional photographs. One step higher will receive the largest, editioned images as framed prints, presented in the exact same manner I show the work when I have an exhibit. I will be in constant communication to ensure you receive the exact reward you are looking for, and am super excited by the potential of your contribution helping create a successful launch of this ambitious 7,000 mile, 50 day photographic journey.

Travel note: There will be a scheduled two day interlude in the middle of travel: in June, I'll be cashing in some of my frequent flyer miles at one of the airports along the journey so I can be at my nephew's 2nd birthday party in Louisiana!

Risks and challenges

I have made multiple cross-country road trips in my relatively new car (the silver S-package portable studio, if you will). I have successfully navigated an extended trip built around constructing imagery. I don't foresee any mechanical issues preventing me from completing the trip. On my last trip, I did experience a few flakes on talent in different cities, so I had to quickly learn to be quick on my feet in rerouting and planning out alternative photographic solutions.

One of the problems I ran into last time on the trip, and is something I've planned around to avoid this time, is the conundrum of driving and photographing in the same day. Often, I would drive 8-10 hours to a new city and immediately launch into a photo setup. At times, this created a rushed set. Now, I've scheduled out my trip to allow for travel and planning to take place on a day, giving the whole second day to the image-making process so the meticulous nature of these images can be crafted correctly.

Once the trip is finished, the biggest obstacle I will run into will be time. For the next month after the trip, I'll be teaching workshops at the Maine Media Workshops. After that, I have about a week or so until classes resume again at WV Wesleyan College, where I am a photography professor. My weekends will be devoted to building these images up from the 100-300 shots collected from each shoot. It will be a slow process, but in the end, successful.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

FAQ

Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.

Ask a question

Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    5 backers

    A contributor credit on the website, plus a private link to a funky desktop wallpaper consisting of imagery made on the trip.

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    4 backers

    Credit and wallpaper, plus a Shootapalooza promotional postcard mailed to you from somewhere in North America.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $15 or more

    1 backer

    Credit and wallpaper, and a Shootapalooza promotional postcard mailed to you from somewhere in North America. Also, you will receive a matching pair of custom designed Shootapalooza viral stickers to stick anywhere you like!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    2 backers

    All of the above, plus a unique Shootapalooza donator-specific postcard made while on the trip and mailed to you from somewhere in North America.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $40 or more

    4 backers

    In addition to the above, I'll be making instant Fujiroids (like a Polaroid, but by Fuji) of the production while on the various photo sets. Backers at this level will receive a signed instant photograph mailed directly to them, from the city of their choosing. These backers should declare which city's shoot they want the photograph from, before the road trip begins.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    0 backers

    All of the above, plus receive a phone call while on the road during the travels, telling you all sorts of goodies from the trip, or whatever you want to talk about… If we plan it right, maybe even Skype in front of a place of your choosing.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    1 backer

    In addition to the wallpaper and postcards, this level begins the availability of signed prints. Receive a signed 8"x10" portrait of your choice from the trip.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $75 or more

    3 backers

    Wallpaper and postcards, plus a signed 8"x10" print of your choice from any constructed fictional photograph made on this trip.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    4 backers

    Wallpaper and postcards, plus a signed 13"x19" print of any portrait made on this trip. You also can opt for two 8"x10" prints of your choosing.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    2 backers

    Wallpaper and postcards, plus a signed 13"x19" print of your choice from any constructed fictional photograph made on this trip. These are an edition of 20. You may also opt instead for two 8"x10" fictional prints.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $200 or more

    0 backers

    Wallpaper and postcards, plus two signed 13"x19" prints of any two portraits made on this trip. You also can opt for four 8"x10" prints of your choosing.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $300 or more

    2 backers

    Wallpaper and postcards, plus two signed 13"x19" prints of your choice from any constructed fictional photographs made on this trip. These are an edition of 20. You may also opt instead for four 8"x10" fictional prints, or one 13"x19" and two 8"x10". I'm pretty flexible. If you want to mix it up with portrait prints, also let me know.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $350 or more

    0 backers

    Wallpaper and postcards, plus a signed 16"x24" print of any constructed fictional photograph made on this trip. Each image will be in an edition of 10. This is a great chance to pick up an early edition of new work!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    0 backers

    Wallpaper and postcards, plus a signed and framed 16"x24" print of any constructed fictional photograph made on this trip. Each image will be in an edition of 10. This is a great chance to pick up an early edition of new work! This print will be presented in the exact same archival materials and frame that I use for the current Fictions touring exhibition. Frame size is 21"x28". Additionally, if you receive edition 1/10 of the photograph, I will also give you the original storyboard sketch made for the image. If you're 2/10 or above, I will send you an original storyboard sketch of a separate photograph. Additionally, you will receive a signed Fujiroid from the production of the photograph.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $650 or more

    0 backers

    Wallpaper and postcards, plus two signed 16"x24" prints of any constructed fictional photographs made on this trip. Each image will be in an edition of 10. This is a great chance to pick up an early edition of new work! Or even two early editions!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $950 or more

    0 backers

    Wallpaper and postcards, plus two signed and framed 16"x24" prints of any constructed fictional photographs made on this trip. Each image will be in an edition of 10. This is a great chance to pick up early editions of new work! These prints will be presented in the exact same archival materials and frames that I use for the current Fictions touring exhibition. Frames are sized at 21"x28". Additionally, if you receive edition 1/10 of either photograph, I will also give you the original storyboard sketch made for the image. If you're 2/10 or above, I will send you an original storyboard sketch of a separate photograph. All total, two original storyboard sketches. Additionally, you will receive a signed Fujiroid from the production of each photograph.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,500 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Wallpaper and postcards, plus a signed and framed 16"x24" print of any constructed fictional photograph made on this trip. Each image will be in an edition of 10. This is a great chance to pick up an early edition of new work! This print will be presented in the exact same archival materials and frame that I use for the current Fictions touring exhibition. Frame size is 21"x28". Additionally, if you receive edition 1/10 of the photograph, I will also give you the original storyboard sketch made for the image. If you're 2/10 or above, I will send you an original storyboard sketch of a separate photograph. Additionally, you will receive a signed Fujiroid from the production of the photograph.

    In addition, this backer will also receive my Canon 5D body that has been used for nearly every single photograph in projects from 2008 until now.

    Lastly, when I eventually make a monograph of my photography, which will include work across all the different projects that went into making the Fictions body, you will receive a personally signed, first edition of the book. There is no timetable on this future project, but your information will be kept and you will receive it when it is finally published!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (22 days)