Thursday, 05 February 2004
Pix Of The Day: Coast To Coast In 118.908 Meters
CREDIT: © Matt Frondorf/Kodak.com
WHERE: USA. WHAT: 3,004 pictures from coast to coast.
MAP: USA. Thumbnail clicks pop-up postcard sender with larger images.
Matt Frondorf drove from the Statue of Liberty, New York, to the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California. Every mile his auto rigged camera shutter fired to take another picture. With a little trigonometry Matt determined that in 3004 shots numbered 0-3003 (plus No.3004 for the victory picture), he had recorded the whole width of the continent, from sea to shining sea. With 35mm film images at 36x24mm we reckon that the USA measures 118.908 meters (390.137 feet) across!
Kodak host the record of the journey on a web site under the title 'Taken On The Road: American Mile Markers'. You will need Macromedia Flash installed to operate the Picture Viewer, and Apple QuickTime to view the movies: many modern systems have both of these softwares installed by default. The site is browser platform/version sensitive, but if you have the two required softwares installed, then those links should load the features. The thumbnails are from the Picture Viewer series.
The thumbnails (ordered from right to left, to conform with the east to west convention) are start to finish and the quarter points, which are mile markers equivalent to images numbered     .
When we first began to research this item, we had doubts about the suitability of the source material. However, the more we accessed the resources the more interesting they became. We suggest that you first of all select the 100 mile resolution in the Picture Viewer to get an overview of the journey from the accompanying synchronized map: the 25 mile and 1 mile resolutions can be used later to fill in the finer details.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)