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Photographer Doug Scaggs & writer Lexi Miller-Golub shed light on overshadowed natural wonders & the people who care about them

Photographer Doug Scaggs & writer Lexi Miller-Golub shed light on overshadowed natural wonders & the people who care about them Read more
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From January 15 to March 1, 2013, photographer Doug Scaggs and writer Lexi Miller-Golub will take a 45 day road trip to 15 locations, shedding light on overshadowed wonders that most Americans never knew existed and telling the untold tales of the people that wonder about them everyday

This project is not just about little known places but about people. This is not just the story of a writer and photographer on the road, but a vibrant account of the people they meet along the way and what matters most to them.

It is a story about the ways in which powerful places affect who we are and inspire us to believe in the people we might become. Above all, this is our story, the story of every person who has ever looked at a map of America and thought home.

You may have seen some of these sites in photography books before, but the goal of this project goes beyond images. We want to immerse ourselves in the local culture of each of these locations and go behind the scenes to show you things you won’t see in National Geographic.

That's why we plan to CouchSurf our way across the country! CouchSurfing is exactly what it sounds like: we'll stay with local people so that we can see the land through their eyes and share food and conversation at their dinner tables. Whenever possible we'll spend the night camping on location ( but this IS a winter trip so only in those warmer states will we attempt to sleep under the stars).


We hope to publish a book that will reveal an America you can't find on Wikipedia. We’ll be interviewing everyone from Native tribes to park rangers, rest stop waitresses to hotel managers.

Doug has already done work on location at the Grand Canyon, PA and
Centralia, PA.

We're excited about this project and hope you will be too!

For more info, check out OvershadowedUSA

THE COSTS:

*UPDATE! We were able to reduce our estimated budget from $16,000 to $14,000 by cutting some things (who needs food anyways?!)*

Fuel

Equipment

Food

National Park Passes

Incentives

THE ROAD MAP

PHOTOS:

Broken face of a dam that ruptured in 1911
Broken face of a dam that ruptured in 1911
Shot from the Road
Shot from the Road
Centralia, PA - 40 years later - Still burning
Centralia, PA - 40 years later - Still burning

Risks and challenges

This project is partly an experiment in trusting the goodness in people. These days, Americans don’t trust the media, politicians, big business, or their neighbors. Remember the days when people hitchhiked across the country? We don’t. We have only ever known a world where strangers were to be avoided at all costs. When we told our families about the plan to CouchSurf and stay with real Americans in order to see their America, to pick up the knickknacks on their shelves, to eat the meals whose recipes they refuse to reveal, to hear the stories that hold together their family narrative, our parents were terrified. “You’re going to get yourself killed!” was a sentiment we heard more than once.

There is a risk in trusting people we won’t meet until the day we pull up their drive and pull out their couch to sleep on. But maybe those supposed strangers are good people. Maybe, despite all our differences, there can still be a sense of camaraderie among the people who call this country home.

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    YOU'LL RECEIVE AN EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL PHOTO ALBUM OF OUR ADVENTURE, OPTIMIZED FOR iPAD AND OTHER DEVICES + 1 postcard of a photo taken from the road + Special Web Thanks!

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    YOU'LL RECEIVE 1 TEAM PHOTO POSTCARD FROM EACH LOCATION (That's 15 postcards!) + exclusive digital photo album of our adventure, optimized for iPad and other devices + Special Web Thanks!

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    YOU'LL RECEIVE A 8x10 PRINT FROM A LOCATION + ONE POSTCARD WITH A HANDWRITTEN MESSAGE TO YOU + exclusive digital photo album of our adventure, optimized for iPad and other devices + Special Web Thanks!

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    YOU'LL RECEIVE A SIGNED 5x18 PANORAMA + OPTIONAL VIDEO CHAT with Doug & Lexi from the road. One postcard with a handwritten message to you + exclusive digital photo album of our adventure, optimized for iPad and other devices + Special Web Thanks!

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