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I've shot all 850+ dots on the map of North Dakota, and now I want to photograph some of the tiniest places in the big open west.
I've shot all 850+ dots on the map of North Dakota, and now I want to photograph some of the tiniest places in the big open west.
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I love small places, out-of-the-way places, desolate places, middles of nowheres, ghost towns, and other places that have a name but not much else. I've photographed every dot on the North Dakota map, and now I'm planning a new trip through the western US (and possibly Canada) photographing the tiniest places I can find.

My Work So Far

Over the past ten years, I've photographed every town in North Dakota, plus many places in eastern Washington, and some in Montana, Saskatchewan, and Minnesota too. You can see a selection of my photos on afiler.com, or see a list of places at everydot.com or you can take a look at my flickr stream, at flickr.com/photos/afiler/. My work in North Dakota will go into a new book called Every Dot on the North Dakota Map.

The Trip

I'm currently poking around South Dakota and Nebraska finding places to photograph. Your funding will help keep me going! If the Kickstarter is successful, the more funding I get, the longer I can spend photographing (at least until the snow falls!). On this trip, I will shoot new material for a book called Small Places.

Two Books

Book one: Small Places. This will be a limited-edition book of photos of the smallest places I can find -- unincorporated places, ghost towns, long-gone railroad towns, and other places just big enough to have a name. I expect there will be about 50 full-page color photographs in an 8x10 book.

Book two: Every Dot on the North Dakota Map. This book will include one color photo from every place in North Dakota I could find. That's 866 places, by my count, and I believe that includes every single "populated place" listed in the USGS place name database (excluding mobile home parks), plus a few historical places and other places not listed in the database

Photographic Influences

Risks and challenges

Bad weather could possibly delay photography, though it's been a very sunny and dry year in this part of the country.

Depending on how many books I need to produce, my printing options will change. If it's a large run, I can get standard offset printing. For smaller runs, I have other options like inkjet printing. I've made beautiful hardbound books in quantities as low as 1 before, so I don't expect to have trouble making this work.

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    A hand-signed hand-mailed photo postcard of a small place sent from a small place.

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    A 3" pinback button of one of my photos of a small place.

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    A signed 4x6" print of a small place photographed on this trip.

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    A signed 4x6" print, a 3" pinback button of one of my photos of a small place, and a hand-signed hand-mailed photo postcard of a small place sent from a small place.

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    A wall map of small places. It looks like a regular map, but it's missing all those big cities and medium-sized towns!

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    A signed copy of the first edition of the Small Places book.

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    A signed 8x10" print of a small place photographed on this trip.

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    A signed copy of the first edition of the Small Places book, a wall map of small places, a signed 4x6" print, a 3" pinback button of one of my photos of a small place, and a hand-signed hand-mailed photo postcard of a small place sent from a small place.

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    A signed copy of Every Dot on the North Dakota Map. This is over 850 photographs!

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    Everything! A signed copy of Every Dot on the North Dakota Map, a signed copy of the first edition of the Small Places book, a wall map of small places, a signed 8x10" print, a signed 4x6" print, a 3" pinback button of one of my photos of a small place, and a hand-signed hand-mailed photo postcard of a small place sent from a small place.

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