Howdy folks! Welcome to my kickstarter project.
For a few years now I've been photographing fire hydrants. I see them as portraits, actually. You can see some of them on my website: www.cautiousoptimism.com
They are these funny, stubby, phallic warriors, yet they speak to our greatest fears. They are the last line of defense against losing all one's worldly possessions. They are conduits to a vast unseen subterranean aquatic network. They are the dashers of hopes of rock-star parking. They are like facebook for dogs.
Despite their being mass produced, each hydrant is unique. Paint, degree of corrosion and rust, background surroundings, and attending random detritus all contribute to each hydrant's individuality. Because of their ubiquity, however, they are the kind of thing that you almost don't see at all... until you start really looking.
At any rate, I find them really beautiful, hilarious and compelling.
I have photos from the west coast, southwestern, northwestern, mid-western, and the north-eastern United States and Hawaii but nothing from the southern/ southeastern part of the country. It's not fair. To them or to you.
With your help, next spring I will travel to Miami then head up through the deep south to search out the best they have to offer, hydrant-wise. Then I will return to San Francisco with enough quality material to complete a series of prints and a photo-book of awesome.
Your contributions will go towards general travel and printing costs.
...And like I said in the video, I would like you to be on the lookout for exceptional fire hydrants for me. If you see one, take a picture and send it to me. Low-res is fine, you can use your phone. Email me at www.cautiousoptimism.com I would love to have a few pages in the book dedicated to the best shots by other people. Maybe I'll even award the best one or two some cool prize.
Please forward this on to anyone you know who might get a little kick out of this project and might want to help. Dog lovers, people who work for the fire department, and parking enforcers come to mind.
More people participating = more hydrant pictures = more happy in the world.
Thanks a bunch,
Archival prints will be printed at Electric Works in San Francisco www.sfelectricworks.com
I borrowed the haiku idea from Jen Beckman / Hey Hot Shot www.heyhotshot.com
I hope she won't mind.
Special thanx to Tod Brilliant / CJA for the Kickstarter invite
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