This Spring I continue my photography series work on disappearing and forgotten Americana by driving Old Route 66 from its northeastern end in Chicago to the 11th Street Bridge in Tulsa. I've spent the past weeks researching and retracing the original route as faithfully as possible--it has been changed as many as three or four times in some places since it was first founded in 1926. All along the Road I'll be taking lots of photos documenting the people and places I find.
At the end of the journey, which should take about a week depending on weather (I'm doing the trip in a temperamental old yellow ragtop Defender) I'll publish a book of the photos along with some scribblings from along the way.
I will also select 11 of my favorite images to release for sale as limited-edition fine art prints as follows:
- 11 numbered + 2 artist proofs of each
- museum-quality, archival inks, fine art paper
- 24x34in size (20x30in image plus border)
- hand-signed and numbered
These prints, along with the book, will be available for sale online and at exhibitions and art fairs through The BadJupiter Project. By supporting this project and helping with some of the expense in advance, you can have first access to the books and prints at close to production cost.
As a photographic subject, old nostalgic Americana has a special place in my heart. I've traveled much of the world and it's made me appreciate just how quintessentially American is so much of the kitch and quirkiness one can find along the roads in this country without even looking too hard.
Route 66 -- the Main Street of America, the Mother Road -- was born on the 11th day of the 11th month, same as me. Some of the history along Route 66 has been carefully preserved, of course, but a lot of it gets overlooked. To search out the old mostly-forgotten places can be like stepping back in time. My goal as a photographer is to find the real interestingness and capture it, while it's still possible, in a way that lets other people feel like they're there.
I shoot using only available light, a Leica rangefinder camera, and lots of patience. You can see some of my currently released work online at BadJupiter.
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