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Why I want to drive a Ford to “Vanishing Texas”

This old blue workhorse, my 2004 Ford Expedition has carried me in and out of some strange places. Now this one is heaving a sigh every time I turn the key. It occurred to me, wouldn’t Ford like to sponsor “Vanishing Texas”?

"Vanishing Texas" - Coleman, Tx.

“Vanishing Texas” – Coleman, Tx.

My ongoing quest to document in pictures forgotten structures in Texas takes me to the edges of the state. My work in broadcast television and corporate video puts me in a lot of cities every year. What if I were to capture my truck in these varied locales and talk about it? Think that would be worth something to Ford?

Trace Relations say "Thanks!"

Trace Relations say “Thanks!”

Hashtag this on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram #FordSocial #FordVanishingTX – Help me get their attention! Thank you.

Support this project: Put some gas in the tank of my Ford, get a copy of my CD “Prosperity Street” by Trace Relations as my thanks! It’s full of “Texas Groove, guaranteed to improve your mood” HERE:
Vanishing Texas Photography on Gofundme.com

"Vanishing Texas" - Coleman, Tx.

“Vanishing Texas” – Coleman, Tx.

YES, it’s a real project. In my travels, I am all over the state of Texas. It’s my mission along the way to find and photograph as many of the scenes of “Vanishing Texas” that I can in the next 2 years. Meanwhile, I will be releasing more youtube videos, posting photos to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram, and stories on this blog. I hope to culminate the whole deal with a book of photographs and stories from the road in 2017.

What I need is a sponsor and Ford Trucks would be a natural fit, in my mind.
Ford vehicles have been part of my world for my whole life. I remember as a child visiting my uncle Ken Moore, who, in the 1960’s and ’70’s owned and operated the largest Ford dealership in Texas. He gave me a ride in a brand new Lincoln and I was hooked! As a teenager in 1979, I bought my first used car, a Ford, and I have owned six Fords since then. There’s always a consistency with a Ford, in service and longevity.

Here’s what started me down the path to “Vanishing Texas” – more videos to come, sponsorship available!

READ The Whole Story: “Vanishing Texas” Photography and Jazz. Finding Beauty in Decay

This project has progressed a little at a time with zero budget for my time, skills, equipment or my time. My old truck is paid for, and it has performed well through the years. Now, she’s got more than 160,000 miles on the odometer and has seen better days. Being self employed in a challenging economy, another car payment would put a big strain on us. That’s why I am reaching out to Ford.

Hashtag this on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: #FordSocial #FordVanishingTX – Help me get their attention! Thank you.

What can I do for Ford?
Photography, video and social media featuring your trucks in a variety of locations across Texas, and in other states as well. My plan is to offer a number of still frames, a blog post, and a video compilation of stills posted monthly on youtube.
What do I want? A leased vehicle (could rotate models you wish to feature) and travel expenses for the length of the contract. All negotiable, open to ideas, lets talk. Contact Trace via the primary site: TraceProductions.com

"Vanishing Texas" - Echo, Tx.

“Vanishing Texas” – Echo, Tx.

Friends: If you’d like to help me continue this project, you can donate to our crowdfunding campaign here:
I Support Vanishing Texas Photography on GoFundMe

“Vanishing Texas” is a photo series I started in 2011. A little at a time, I am photographing these scenes of Texas, parts of America’s past that are slowly fading away. I do this with no budget for equipment, travel or my time and skills, because it fascinates me. Raising funds here will be a great help to offset costs of gas and food on the road, and time away from my business, allowing me to shoot more of these scenes, more often and publish them for all to see. If you like what I am up to here, pass me a little bit! All donors of $10 or more get a complimentary CD, the studio release from Trace Relations – “Prosperity Street”… 12 tracks of groove, guaranteed to improve your mood”

Director of Photography Trace Ready

Director of Photography Trace Ready


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I travel. I shoot. I write. I sing. I eat. I call my wife! I sleep. I do it again…

"Vanishing Texas" - Coleman, Tx.

“Vanishing Texas” – Coleman, Tx.

Frozen Ford

Frozen Ford

Frozen Ford

Frozen Ford

Frozen Ford

Frozen Ford

Trace Ready "The Social Freelancer"

Trace Ready “The Social Freelancer”

Trace Ready is a Director of Photography, Writer, Producer and Vocalist based in Dallas, Texas. His band Trace Relations has released their debut studio CD “Prosperity Street”
Connect with Trace: TraceProductions.com

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