Local photographer and journalist Shlomit Auciello has launched a book project, “Old Hippies — The Trip of a Generation,” at the online crowdsourcing website Kickstarter.com. Auciello is a reporter at The Herald Gazette and VillageSoup.com.

Crowdsourcing is a way to get a large group of people to work together in small ways, to make something happen, said Auciello at her launch party on Sept. 2. The Kickstarter site is a way to share creative ideas and gives backers an opportunity to pledge money that accumulates to provide a larger funding source than most individuals can offer.

“Old Hippies” will be a book of photographs and essays, documenting the lives of members of the counterculture that came of age in the 1960s and ’70s. In her book, Auciello will explore the paths these people have taken and where they are now, to learn what society has gained and lost as the hippie subculture developed and changed.

Visitors to the website at Kickstarter.com can find Auciello’s project by typing “old hippies” in the search bar at the top of the page. Once there, they will find a four-minute video presentation, descriptions of the project and its creator and a frequently-asked-questions section.

Auciello also is inviting project backers to throw an Old Hippies party where they and their friends can view the online presentation, pledge donations and spread the word about her project. For more information, contact Auciello at auciello@midcoast.com or visit Kickstarter.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.