Just a little fun test “drive” up the RTI ramp.

Eventually we’ll lengthen the front brake lines and remove the sway bar for better flex, but for now… that’s pretty impressive. 🙂

The Beast on the RTI.

D90 on ramp_rear

The Beast on the RTI.
The Beast on the RTI.

The Land Rover Defender… it’s almost back!

The new motor is in!

We’re getting close!

I’m sorry I haven’t been keeping up with this blog very well, but that’s about to change.

The Vanishing America Project is just around the corner from once again hitting the road. All we’re waiting on is the completion of the engine transplant in the Defender.


Long story short…

The Defender came with a stock Land Rover gasoline V8. We swapped it out for a Cummins 4cyl Diesel and converted it to run on used veggie oil (read the 4×4 article here). It turned out that the Cummins had a bad cylinder and was only running on three. But the 4 different genius diesel mechanics I took it to couldn’t figure that out, so I sold the engine and swapped in a Chevy LT1 350 V8.  After all, the transmission is an NV4500, one of the best 5-speeds out there for doing anything off-road. The first LT1 to go in was unbalanced, so Luke and Ely at The Shop in Norcross, GA picked up another LT1 and put it in this weekend. Here is the teaser clip:


So, keep your fingers crossed. It’s about to get awesome!



State of the Photography Business… part 1

State of the Photography Business
All you shooters out there! Let’s figure this out.

Fill out this quick 10-question survey to help you with your photography business. There will be a handful of short Imagefollow-up surveys coming later, and all the answers (which will be completely anonymous) will be collected and shared with everyone who participates.

Click Here to participate in the survey

And, if you have something relevant to contribute, I’m all ears — and will be happy to share it with the rest of the community.

Let’s figure this photography business thing out!

© 2014 Holt Webb Art & Photography
© 2014 Holt Webb Art & Photography

Here’s a little sneak peek from Kayla’s shoot yesterday. Kayla is an up and coming dancer and model based out of Nashville.

This shoot was commissioned by ActSensuous.com and photographed by Holt Webb Art & Photography in Chattanooga, TN.

All over the place…

I know I post a bit of random stuff up here, but hopefully, it’s all interesting stuff. I try to keep it consistent with art, travel and exploration, but I’ll often put a few other tidbits in there just to make sure it doesn’t get stagnant. The majority of this blog will be me sharing my stories, discoveries and journeys with those who aren’t able to get out there and do it themselves. But I will also share stories and information from people and projects that inspire ME. That’s why you see all these posts about The Exploratrice. It’s a very inspirational project and has actually pushed me to get back out there and do what I love.

Speaking of which…
I get my Land Rover back soon. ImageAnd you know what THAT means! Yep, I’ll be going back out on the road again sharing with you the stories and adventures of an America forgotten!

Back in 2010, my Vanishing America website (complete with 4 years of adventures, stories and imagery) got hacked by some teenagers playing a joke and I lost everything. My hosting service didn’t have proper security or a proper backup, so all we have left are my archives of images and a handful of blog posts that were recovered from the disaster (that’s what you get when you allow friends to do what should really be done by professionals). What that means is that I essentially have to start over. But, that’s okay. I love the places I’ve visited. And it will give me a chance to see if (and how) the places may have changed since my last visit. I’m not sure how I want to present the online version of The Vanishing America Project, but I do know that I’m going to keep it simple this time. It’s easier for me, and it’s easier for everyone else to follow.

I won’t be doing year-long trips like I did in BABS (my Big Ass Bus), but I will be doing short excursions of a few days to a couple of weeks. I’ll start out close to home (Chattanooga) and venture out as far as my funding and time off will allow.

If you know of a place neglected, abandoned or just plain “in danger” of disappearing forever, let me know! I love the discovery process. And if the timing is right, we can meet up on the road and you can be a part of the journey, too. I love meeting new people and learning about your little part of the world.

The goal here is to keep The Vanishing America Project alive and to share it with the rest of the world so that they, too, can be inspired to share and protect their own “vanishing” America.

Wanna play?

VA business card front copy


The Exploratrice is Epic!

The Exploratrice has been funded! Here is their first announcement…


“We will be updating the website to allow purchases of the The Exploratrice Tribe Kit, and take pre-orders for digital subscriptions and the annual printed edition. We will send everyone an update when this is up and running.

If you would like to be a part of The Exploratrice team, listen up! The Exploratrice holds storytelling (in all its forms — whether it be written word, spoken word, film or photography) to the highest standard and to a common brand. In order to do that we seek out talented writers who already have an affinity for our brand message. If you are one of those talented storytellers, please get in touch with me at Julie@TheExploratrice.com.

For any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or our Program Manager, Sarah at Sarah@TheExploratrice.com.

Julie Liebhard, Founder & CEO

Don’t just do epic. Be epic.”

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