Photograph Disappearing Montana

$1,900 of $1,800 goal

Raised by 26 people in 81 months

Many of you know about my obsession with photography and abandoned places, and my love of Montana.
This summer I'm taking the first step towards making a dream come true: 

To explore Montana and photograph ghost towns, homesteads and abandoned farms. Meet with old-timers to chronicle their stories. Combine the two. Publish a book.

This summer is the beginning, where the rubber meets the road.

And I need your support.

I'm starting this journey July 28th immediately after our family reunion on the Swan River near Bigfork. I'll drive to Helena (state capitol) then venture north into Hill County where both my parents were born and raised. I'll spend time at the Blazek farm near Big Sandy where my great-grandparents homesteaded nearly 100 years ago. (The barn photo was taken last summer on our homestead.) If there's time, I'd love to knock around the rough and tumble copper mining towns of Butte and Anaconda -- but Montana is a crazy big state and I could easily spend these two weeks JUST around Helena so I'm keeping some space open to meander and follow others' breadcrumbs during this first of what will be several trips over the next year.

I'll be traveling with a tent, sleeping bag, lantern, bear spray and biodegradable TP. Despite my rugged heritage, I'm a total pansy camper. Your contribution will help pay for gas and the occasional sanity-saving motel and hot shower. (Silas will thank you too. Dobies weren't meant to sleep on the ground and a disgruntled Dobie is one sad sight to behold.)

If the spirit moves you, I would deeply appreciate any donation you're able to make. To express my gratitude for your generosity, I'd like to share the fruits of this project via the following reward tiers:

 $25 - ONE 5x7 print of your choice
 $50 - TWO 5x7 prints of your choice
 $75 - ONE 8x10 print of your choice
$100 - TWO 8x10 prints of your choice

Know that ANY amount, no matter the size, makes a difference! There've been times I've given $5 to various projects. All contributors will be publicly thanked unless you request otherwise.

And if you can't afford a $$$ contribution, positive juju and encouraging words happily welcomed and accepted!

Thank you SO MUCH for your support!

Carla Blazek
Tumbled Bones Photography

P.S. Know any disappearing, abandoned or endangered places in Montana I should visit? I'd LOVE to hear from you! Email

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Dear friends,

I'm sorry. It has been entirely too long since you donated to my Photograph Disappearing Montana project without hearing from me, and I owe you both an apology and a great big heartfelt THANK YOU!

Because of you, last summer I was able to spend more quality time than expected exploring and photographing northcentral Montana. It was the experience of a lifetime -- one that rooted my soul, and one I will be repeating in future years.

As promised, your donation nets you a print or two -- and you will have beautiful photos to choose from! One thing I've learned about myself (still working on accepting it) is that my editing process is slow. I'm nearly finished putting together the pool of my best Montana photographs for you to choose from, and putting the finishing touches on them. They will be ready within the next couple weeks.

Thank you for everything. Your patience, your friendship, your support.

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YAAAAAAAAA! Thanks to Dr. Frank-N-Furter (a scientist), my goal was reached moments ago! Deeply humbled grateful beyond words... and will be even moreso to not be in a tent tempting bears every night! A hundredfold THANK YOU to all who donated and are sending positive juju. I'm so excited. Only 10 more sleeps!
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BIG THANKS to all my supporters and contributors! As someone who values money and lives travels frugally, I promise your donation will be spent in Montana with care. And whatever isn't used on this trip will be banked for the next! With gratitude, Carla
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Omigosh. Already 41% raised. I have the best family and friends in the world! Truly humbled and grateful. Thank you SO MUCH for your generosity. And for believing in me! Never been so excited in my life! xo
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$1,900 of $1,800 goal

Raised by 26 people in 81 months
Created June 18, 2012
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80 months ago (Offline Donation)

Don't dream it, BE it!!

Maya Stein
80 months ago

Huzzah! Wishing you a wonderful journey to the hinterlands...can't wait to see what you see. xo, Maya

80 months ago
Brad Majors (aka "Buck")
80 months ago

My darling, my love -- you know I will always support you 10,000% in anything you do!!! Much love always... xxoo

80 months ago
Kim Campbell
80 months ago

You go girl! I have always wanted to this sort of thing with the barns of Indiana!

Jon Garcia
80 months ago (Offline Donation)
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