4,583 miles: Day 17

Before getting into my post for today, I have one favor to ask all of you. Everyone was so wonderful at spreading the word and sharing my project on social media during my Kickstarter process. Now that it is in full swing and I am just posting fun updates and images rather than begging for money, I would love if you could share my project again and let you friends know they can follow my blog, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to keep up with the adventure.

Well we have made it all the way to Austin, TX so far. A long ways from home, but still a long way to go. I am getting pretty excited about our journey up the east coast over the next few weeks and all the friends and family that I will get to stay with once I start my venture back west.

Well we have made it all the way to Austin, TX so far. A long ways from home, but still a long way to go. I am getting pretty excited about our journey up the east coast over the next few weeks and all the friends and family that I will get to stay with once I start my venture back west.

After our murder motel evening, we woke up the next day to head to Anthony, Kansas for this abandoned theater. The site houses a construction company now but the structures still stand. The old playground is even still there. I will post some images of that when I have a break to do some editing.

After our murder motel evening, we woke up the next day to head to Anthony, Kansas for this abandoned theater. The site houses a construction company now but the structures still stand. The old playground is even still there. I will post some images of that when I have a break to do some editing.

This was the first sunny day we had in what seemed like forever. However, it wasn't without its challenges. It was really windy and the site was on a dusty road so we were basically working in a sweaty dust storm the whole time.

This was the first sunny day we had in what seemed like forever. However, it wasn't without its challenges. It was really windy and the site was on a dusty road so we were basically working in a sweaty dust storm the whole time.

Our battle with Mother Nature continued into Oklahoma but with a little patience, we are still making it happen. When we got to Oklahoma, it rained for 27 straight hours which meant no shooting for a day. It was actually kind of nice to have a relaxing day since we have been going pretty hard and shooting two theaters a day and driving 8-10 hours the last four days. We woke up yesterday and were thinking we might have to skip this theater in Sapulpa, OK but as we were just miles away, we caught a break in the rain and we were able to make it happen. 

Our battle with Mother Nature continued into Oklahoma but with a little patience, we are still making it happen. When we got to Oklahoma, it rained for 27 straight hours which meant no shooting for a day. It was actually kind of nice to have a relaxing day since we have been going pretty hard and shooting two theaters a day and driving 8-10 hours the last four days. We woke up yesterday and were thinking we might have to skip this theater in Sapulpa, OK but as we were just miles away, we caught a break in the rain and we were able to make it happen. 

Sapulpa, OK has by far been the most over grown theater that we have been to. 

Sapulpa, OK has by far been the most over grown theater that we have been to. 

Then we headed to Jacksboro, TX. Here is a polaroid hanging out on my lap developing. Getting a few great polaroids here and there that I will post soon.

Then we headed to Jacksboro, TX. Here is a polaroid hanging out on my lap developing. Getting a few great polaroids here and there that I will post soon.

While we were photographing this abandoned screen, a guy happened to be driving by in the hour window that we were there and informed me that his Grandfather used to own the theater when it was still operational. How crazy is it that he happened to be driving down the highway at the exact time that we were there. In fact we were just about to pull out when he pulled up. He told me stories about how he used to have to climb up into the screen and pull out rattlesnakes and get the bats out. Which reminded me that I am in the south now and there are lots of snakes an other things that can kill me when I am wandering around these abandoned places so I am wearing my boots to all shoots from now on!

While we were photographing this abandoned screen, a guy happened to be driving by in the hour window that we were there and informed me that his Grandfather used to own the theater when it was still operational. How crazy is it that he happened to be driving down the highway at the exact time that we were there. In fact we were just about to pull out when he pulled up. He told me stories about how he used to have to climb up into the screen and pull out rattlesnakes and get the bats out. Which reminded me that I am in the south now and there are lots of snakes an other things that can kill me when I am wandering around these abandoned places so I am wearing my boots to all shoots from now on!

Missing these two pretty hard, but it is nice that I get lots of photo updates. Thank you technology for FaceTime and camera phones! I have also started sending out a few Kickstarter rewards for those of you who are getting postcards, keep you eyes out. I will be doing batches of these every week or so, so if you haven't gotten yours yet, don't worry it will be there soon.

Missing these two pretty hard, but it is nice that I get lots of photo updates. Thank you technology for FaceTime and camera phones! I have also started sending out a few Kickstarter rewards for those of you who are getting postcards, keep you eyes out. I will be doing batches of these every week or so, so if you haven't gotten yours yet, don't worry it will be there soon.

Lindsey Rickert

Portland, OR, United States of America

I turned to photography at a young age as a way to manipulate the world in front of me into endless possibilities. It remained a hobby for several years until I decided to run away from the snow in Iowa and towards the rain in Portland, OR. While I was inspired by film makers and my surroundings, I had a tendency to pick apart single frames and freeze them. My memory wasn't a movie playing back in my head, it was a series of still images that created a narrative. This translates into my work through the use of lighting and props that build a scene and create a story. When I am not taking pictures, I spend my time roller skating, playing with my puppy Charlie Von Shitbird (he is very sophisticated), spending time with my snake Vans, embarking on capers with my girlfriends, messing around with special fx makeup, and exploring the great Pacific Northwest and all it has to offer. The best thing about my job is getting to meet a variety of people. No to shoots are the same and I thrive on getting to know my clients and collaborating with them to create truly unique and bold images that fit their needs. Whether it be wedding photography, family portraits, small business needs, or you simply want a kick ass original portrait. If you are looking for a creative experience that will not only boost your confidence but create a lasting memory then lets make it happen!