Rt 50 20/20 Vision of America project started originally as an idea around mid-2011. I was a little over a year post-divorce and just home from my second trip to Hati and I had just finish up in 2010 shoot Seasons in the Valley league another personal project I have not done much with other than feed my creative soul. I honestly can't remember what made it click or even where I first heard about RT 50. I do remember it hit me that I wanted to cross the United States looking for something I had lost! A connection to this great country and the people who live here and make it a great place to live. I do recall a Time Magazine article I found and a small E-Book that I purchased about RT 50, but the story I want to tell and what I am looking for is deeper something more meaningful.
The project has been on and off a few times, and in various stages of planning but now in fall 2019 I have finally decided no more mucking about let's make this thing happen, so I am. I did a test run in October learned allot and I am excited. I have an official start date of February 2020 and dates planned out for travel through June 2020. I am still working on what exactly the project will be and what the end product will be, but I guess that will start to hash itself out when I start the first part of this journey in October.
Stay tuned much more to come as I put the puzzle together.!!!!!!!!!!!
Personally I am married to a wonderful woman Carrie Miler Blackburn We have four children Alyssa, Emmalyn, Christopher, and Misha ages 18-26 in 2020. My home base is in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia near Staunton and Shenandoah National Park and milepost 0 of the Blue Ridge Parkway I was born and primarily raised in Virginia I am a Disabled Vet and I have been freelancing sine 1998. I will get in-depth personal in the book if I manage to find someone to edit it without killing me!
A guy with a camera creating work that makes me and my clients happy and feel good.
The Bigger Picture
As a young boy using small 110 and 410 cameras then the gift of a Yashica 35mm at age twelve, I have been fascinated with photography and the photographic process most of my life. I Studied traditional arts in High School and College and working as a photojournalist and commercial photographer for more than 20 years. I am more in love with my craft than ever. I am fascinated with the possibilities that lay before me in the digital age and just what can be created to share mine and my client's vision.
As a Commercial Photographer, my current interests are leading down the path to constructed imagery. Some create in-camera using traditional photographic methods others built in the digital darkroom.
As a Photojournalist, I am looking at how our digital world allows us to rapidly record and share news and editorial content faster than ever before and on platforms never before available.
As a Virginia based Photographer/Artist living in the Shenandoah Valley, I am lucky to live and create in one of the most beautiful areas of the east coast. While most of my work focuses on the Virginia and Mid-Atlantic region, I travel across the United States and around the globe to create inspiring imagery.