Keydon is a non-profit organization established in 2018 by two childhood friends. Travis Patterson (MA) and George Gill (OR) have traveled 33,000 road miles together in the name of photography, adventure, and their friendship. Keydon gives funding to photographers traveling America by car and is building a collection of artwork that celebrates the open road. It aims to make the donation process fun, fresh, and accessible.
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. The intuition, adventure, and hard work that sum up the dog adoption process also ring true for the road trip experience. Keydon is the love and dedication that we associate with both family and craft.
Keydon provides grants to photographers traveling the United States by car. We award original, talented applicants and play a no-strings attached role when they are in the field. If mutually agreed upon, we celebrate their progress in real time over social media. We also provide the opportunity to showcase their work on this website and ask for physical art for our collection once their trip has ended.
Keydon collects postcards, negatives, prints, topographic maps, cameras, and road maps in addition to contributions from its grantees. There is an oppressive digital footprint in this world! We want to gather and honor the physical ephemera that defines our relationship to photography and road travel. We use every funded dollar wisely in acquisition and warmly welcome donations wherever possible.