It’s been months and months since we’ve posted anything and that’s not good at all. So let me update you on where we’ve been and (much more importantly) where we’re going.
Since the trip through Utah at the end of July 2012, we mostly hit central and eastern Washington, visiting the coulees and desert until it got too cold and dark too early to continue. Yes, we should have posted about that – we’ll get better, I assure you.
Over the winter, we didn’t do much traveling at all. Tucked away in the Pacific Northwest, it gets dark early and rains a lot. Winter is for trip planning, and boy do we have a trip planned for late spring/early summer!
Sarah and I got engaged at the Spiral Jetty in Utah on this day. We plan on getting married on June 22, 2013 back in Pennsylvania. This requires a roadtrip to and from the Keystone State. This will also involve the honeymoon.
Immediately after the wedding, we’ll be embarking on a three-week long trek back to Washington following old Route 66. Those who know me know that I’ve traveled the Mother Road several times before (including once on a Vespa). Clearly, I know what I like. But this trip, this honeymoon, wasn’t my idea. Sarah came up with it and I could do nothing but from acquiesce.
Through the end of June and beginning of July, we’ll be traveling and photographing Route 66. But we’ll also be taking on another project. Over the past year, we’ve set aside our digital cameras in favor old Polaroid cameras. These gadgets hearken back to a simpler time when you’d cock the camera, take the shot, yank the picture out of the camera, wait a couple of minutes, peel it, let it dry and then *presto* you’d have your photo! Okay, maybe it wasn’t simpler, but there was a certain almost instant gratification to it.
Unlike digital, with Polaroid, you walk away with a tangible image. It’s not pixels stored on a silicone chip, but light preserved on film and paper. We fell in love with it and immediately wanted to share it with everyone. But unlike digital, sharing actual photographs (which are all ones of a kind) isn’t so easy. You can’t simply email it or copy and paste it. Once given away, there is no other copy for you to keep.
We’ve discovered that there’s a beauty in that as well. And that is what our project is actually about. We want to travel Route 66, take photos with vintage Polaroids from the 1960s and send them to people – friends, family, even strangers.
To make this a reality, and instead of asking for wedding presents, we are going to be starting a Kickstarter.com project where anyone can pledge to help us. In return, we will send the supporter a photo or photos (depending upon their pledge). Each photo will necessarily be a one of a kind. Each will be taken along Route 66 and will in some way capture the essence of the old road.
We’ll definitely have more information about this in the coming months, but we are endlessly excited to make this happen. We love traveling, love Route 66 and love shooting with old Polaroids. Help us make this possible!