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Wild Open Roads is a series of selected works from photographer Zachary Spears. Each piece was photographed on traditional black and white 35mm film.
Wild Open Roads is a series of selected works from photographer Zachary Spears. Each piece was photographed on traditional black and white 35mm film.
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Wild Open Roads: A photographic journey home!

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My name is Zachary Spears. I was born in San Diego, California on November 7th, 1995. My family later moved away and I spent my youth in the town of Lawrence, Kansas. Living here I was encouraged by the local arts community and have become a professional Filmmaker, Graphic Designer and Photographer.

While taking classes at a local community college I fell in love with 35mm black and white photography. While photography had always been an interest of mine, I was intrigued and challenged by the old way of doing things. I enjoyed the effort and precision that must be in place to get a quality photograph, as opposed to simply holding down the shutter on a digital camera.

In 2016, my friend Sean and I planned out an extensive two week excursion, traversing the country and eventually landing back in the town of my birth. We hit many notable stops along the way, including Las Vegas, Moab UT, LA, and Denver. During this incredible journey I snapped over 575 negatives, which now rest on a shelf awaiting development.

This coming August I have the privilege of presenting my artistic work through the local South Mass Art Guild at an establishment called Aimee's CoffeeHouse. This will be my third public art display and I am incredibly excited to share my work. I would love to share and display the images captured during the journey home to San Diego in this art showing, however I need your help.

Unfortunately it is not inexpensive to develop and scan film. With your support I will be able take these rolls off the shelf and finally share this project which means so much to me.

Any dollar contributed is extremely helpful, and if you cannot donate, please consider sharing this project with your friends.

I have worked to create some exciting rewards to thank you for contributing to this project. These include postcards, prints and stickers.

If I am lucky enough to surpass my goal, I will be able to develop negatives I have taken on additional adventures since my trip to California. I have over 40 rolls total and it would be incredible to bring them all into this project. I will also expand existing reward levels to include extra items.

Thank you very much for your time and please consider supporting this project.

Location map of prominent stops along the route.
Location map of prominent stops along the route.

Here is a selection of nine negatives from the first roll of film I have developed for the project. They have not been edited in any way. For a larger view visit wildopenroads.com. I hope you enjoy these as a small taste of the photography to come.

If you would like to see every image from the test roll, please back the project!

A short video of some highlights from the trip.

For each reward level I will be looking to my backer community to help pick your favorite images for the postcards and random prints. Additionally I will work with my backers to pick the sticker designs. As a designer this could be anything from the Wild Open Roads logo to individual pictures from the project. If you have any thoughts or ideas please post a comment and I will try to respond swiftly!

Please contact me if you are interested in international shipping.

If I am lucky enough to go over my primary goal I will put all additional funds to developing more of the negatives. If I hit the specified targets above I will even be able to add to the current reward levels. As with the current reward levels, I will engage with the community to pick designs or images for the stretch goal items.

All Stretch goal items will be Kickstarter exclusive!

This cost breakdown shows how I will use the money for the project. 70% will go directly the costs of developing and scanning the images. 20% will go to the costs associated with providing you the promised rewards. The final 10% has been allocated for Kickstarter fees, and taxes associated with raising the money.

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Risks and challenges

Every project comes with unique risks and challenges. For this project I have done lots of research and planning to prepare as best I can to complete everything in a timely manner.

I previously worked on the incredibly successful Mycroft AI campaign which has given me a lot of insight into the positives and negatives when fulfilling a Kickstarter. For example I have set the rewards to ship in August, giving me ample time to adequately produce and fulfill each and every backer reward.

One big risk with film is that it is not yet known exactly what images inhabit each negative. I have previously developed over 20 individual rolls of film, and with my test roll for this project coming back with exciting images of the California coast, I am extremely optimistic about the rest of the images.

An art show is also a large undertaking. I have already put two successful art exhibits behind me, and I have the support of the local South Mass Art Guild to help me put my best foot forward and make a wonderful exhibition.

If you have additional questions and concerns please do not hesitate to reach out!

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    Thank You Pack! (Early Bird)

    A collection of fun stuff, you get 2 Wild Open Roads Stickers, and a 1" button. Includes all rewards from previous tiers. (See stretch goals for possible additional perks.)

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    Full Sized Print!

    A full sized 8" by 10" print of the image of your choice from the collection, signed. Includes all rewards from previous tiers. (See stretch goals for possible additional perks.)

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    Large Print!

    A large 16" by 24" print of the image of your choice from the collection, signed. Includes all rewards from previous tiers. (See stretch goals for possible additional perks.)

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    VIP Invitation!

    At this awesome tier you will receive a VIP invitation to visit the art gallery with me before the general public. (This does NOT include travel cost.) You will hold a special spot on my wall of supporters. You also get a bunch of the other goodies! Includes all rewards from previous tiers. (See stretch goals for possible additional perks.)

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