Twelve years ago, I began documenting the 22 Mean Centers of Population as determined by the United States Census. These "Centers" are the locations where a map of the United States would be balanced if each person included in the census weighed the same. After photographing more than half of the sites, I returned home and enlisted in the Army National Guard. Three weeks later, 9/11 happened and I spent five out of the next 11 years on active duty with the Army. I left the military this past February and it is now time for me to finish this project.
Titled West South West, I will document the Westerly and, for the past 90 years, decidedly West South Westerly movement of these centers as they cross the country. With your support I will travel interstates, highways, suburban roads, city streets, and dirt roads starting with the first center from 1790 in Kent County, Maryland and finishing in Wright County, Missouri. The locations for these centers is as varied as the American landscape: from backyards to National Forests and farm fields to an airport parking lot. With the passage of 12 years from my original photographs, I will rephotograph those locations to ensure a consistent body of work.
Every dollar that is pledged will go toward my travel expenses of documenting these 23 sites over the course of 14 days and then printing the images for portfolio reviews and future exhibition. Depending on the amount of your pledge, the rewards range from digital postcards that will be sent from each "Center" to archival prints from my series to a mock up of a book of this project.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge for this project is potential setbacks with weather. Although I am choosing to complete this project during the warmest months in June/July, they also promise to be the driest.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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