Keydon is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that funds road trip based photographer projects and collects photographs, postcards, and road maps that celebrate exploration and nature.
Keydon was established in 2018 by two childhood friends. Travis Patterson (Boston MA) and George Gill (Portland OR) have traveled 33,000 road miles together in the name of photography, adventure, and friendship. They are honored to provide funding so that others can gain the professional and emotional growth that focused road travel will bring.
Keydon is the name of Travis' rescue dog. In Arabic, it means companion; in Laotian, it is slang for little shit. George (a fellow dog rescuer and husband to a vet) agrees that the name sums up his relationship with Travis well. Intuition, unknown, and hard work define both dog and the road trip experience. We associate the name Keydon with family, craft, love and dedication.
Keydon awards US photographers with funding for road trip based projects that may not be possible otherwise. Keydon plays a no strings attached role in their process and makes application quick and easy. If mutually agreed upon, we celebrate their progress in real time over social media. We also provides them with the opportunity to showcase their work on our website.
There is an oppressive digital footprint in this world. We want to gather and honor the under appreciated and forgotten materials that define our relationship to photography and road travel. Keydon collects postcards, negatives, prints, topographic maps, cameras, and road maps to these ends. We showcase these items on our Instagram feed and will eventually curate them in gallery or museum settings.
Travis and I met at a time when we had incredible mentors helping us to develop a passion for photography. This learning experience, our road trips, and many collaborations helped seed the friendship we share today.
I have always had two passions: photography and aviation. I consider myself lucky to have made photography a career for more than a decade and even luckier that I still enjoy it now. As life circumstances would have it, I decided to pursue my love of aviation professionally in place. While photography does not take up every moment, it is still all consuming in my creative life. I act on my personal projects now and this has only intensified my relationship with photography.
The calm that photography brings and the satisfaction it has brought me are things I want for everyone to experience. For me, Keydon exists to aid and encourage other photographers. Because my relationships with Travis and photography began with a road trip, I love the idea of other photographers growing their work on the open road as well.
I met George in high school where we took great pride in photography and were both deeply moved by our art teacher, Mr. Michael Foo. Keydon is dedicated in part to this man and the many public school educators that are worth many times more the salary they take to inspire our kids.
Upon graduating high school, we traveled 14,000 across the lower 48 states in 2004 and 19,000 miles more in 2009. Our relationship has survived over the years in part due to these wonderful and formative trips.
While these shared works may not further the contemporary dialogue of photography, we leaned happily into a Modernist aesthetic free of any attempt to reinvent the wheel. We honed our skills, were free, and appreciated nature.
I no longer think my photographs are going to change the course of art history. Instead, there is no other human being I would rather start a new venture with to try and support and inspire others to travel in our footsteps and those of the many noteworthy trips that prefaced our own.