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Taken on the Road: American Mile Markers

Produced for Kodak by Second Story Interactive, designers of the PBS companion site to Not For Ourselves Alone (reviewed in the November 5, 1999 Scout Report), this site presents an amazing and ingenious project by engineer and amateur photographer Matt Frondorf. Frondorf spent six days driving across the country from New York City to San Francisco with a camera hooked to his car's odometer, automatically snapping a picture from the passenger side every mile along the way, totalling 3,304 photos. The result is an unpolished and captivating photographic tour of the nation, in which city melts into suburb, suburb into farmland, farmland to forests, mountains, deserts, and then back again. Users can experience Frondorf's trip via manual or cruise control. The first is an Flash picture viewer that allows users to cross the country mile by mile or every 25 or 100 miles, tracking their progress with an interactive, zoomable map. Visitors can click on any picture to see a larger version, and, if they like, send a postcard. The cruise control rendition of the trip is available in the form of four QuickTime movies offering pictures mile-by-mile in rapid sequence. Also included at the site is information on Frondorf and his project.
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December 10th, 1999
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April 3rd, 2003 at 12:42pm
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April 3rd, 2003 at 12:42pm
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