Ithaca photographer raises over $10,000 on Kickstarter to travel across country and photograph the homeless.

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Amelia Burns's Kickstarter photography project for driving across country has surpassed her funding objectives and is still climbing with 4 days left.

A photographer from Ithaca named Amelia Burns has just raised over $10,000 on and is still receiving donations surpassing her funding objectives. Her plan, inspired by the passing of her father who worked with the homeless his whole life, is to drive across country in a van, photographing and documenting the “spirit, light, humor and character” of the homeless along the way.

“My goals for this project are to publish a book of all the portraits, as well as have a show of the best shots in large photographic prints. I want to truly connect with and experience meeting the people who are in the portraits.” says Amelia Burns

Amelia's project, coined “The Homeless Photo Booth Project” received backers who selected from a variety of packages that the project's kickstarter page offered. These packages included signed copies of the book of photos she will publish when the trip is complete, a postcard from Amelia while on the trip, a personal message of gratitude, or buttons that include sayings from her father “Spread the Cheer” and “Show Up”.

Amelia's project has 214 backers so far and is still climbing with 4 days left to donate. Amelia's photography has been seen in BUST magazine, INKED magazine, as well as The Ithaca Times. She has traveled to such places as NYC and Los Angeles to photograph people on the street.

It looks like she will be going on a trip across country soon, it will be interesting to see where she ends up, and even more interesting to learn about the people she encounters along the way.

“I hope that each person photographed will receive a positive experience with another human being, and a chance to share their story and face with the world.” -Amelia Burns

You can view the Kickstarter project here - and you can also visit Amelia's website at

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