The Toasters of Fortune Project began in January of 2012 as an expression of two broke travelers car hopping and backpacking across the back roads of America searching out diversity in language, regional folklore and iconic side road attractions. With a lot of now broken cameras, dwindling funds, day jobs and the two venturing in separate ways across the American South, the project has begun taking on new life. The underline story: how to make art and survive.
The project concentrates on expressing artistic revival despite instability, globally and nationally, in economic viability.
Simple. Art is a cultures' life's blood.
Without it the world can seam dull or harsh. But, with it comes hope and possibilities. Despite urban decay, loss of jobs and housing, many artists are flocking to inner cities to rebuild, bringing inner city gardening, small arts districts dedicated to education and enriching communities, and beautifying neighborhoods known for violent crime or deemed unlivable. In its wake, this movement builds a new landscape. This site has been designed to explore these many landscapes, where they came from and where they may go, from a local, a traveler, and point A to B.
I can be reached at This Email Address. Tell a story.
For any donations of $5 or more I will send out a postcard print.
$25 or more receives an editioned 8"x10" print.
Please include an address for prints. All funds raised are used for equipment maintenance and film costs.
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Author Archives: Lee Castor
Image shown from eBay auction. In a strange turn of events, I have accidentally won another insane eBay auction. If it weren’t for the amazing effort put in by the eBay support staff after the debacle involving a hostile buyer … Continue reading
Here is the good news, I bring you this image of the docks on the flathead lake. I had an amazing pancake breakfast, thought I’d have to drive here myself, potentially calling a tow truck which I cannot afford, but … Continue reading
I am dealing with a delay regarding the car and have been for the past few days. It’s just the basic suspension and bushing issues. Though it has been dampening my abilities to make it through the mountains and spend … Continue reading
Breaking from my normal routine and photography, I am once again r organizing the car. In my cleaning, I reopened a portfolio I picked up from my brother in Dayton. This is one that I have not really been through … Continue reading
You know what they say, full frame is the way to go. Oh wait, these are actually a wonderful delight. Not only have I never been to a rodeo before, I’d never used a M43 camera for sports photography. … Continue reading
Traveling and shipping orders has its draw backs. A week to order supplies, 35 miles to pick them up. Forget a few things. Add a few more days to rally more supplies. Yet, after a week of matting and packing, … Continue reading