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The Art of Architecture in America

A collection of architectural reflection photographs of top 25 American cities in the form of a photography book and prints.

The Art of Architecture in America

A collection of architectural reflection photographs of top 25 American cities in the form of a photography book and prints.

$1,465
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18
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, August 2 2013 7:07 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 2, 2013

About

Why Am I Doing This?

I want to capture American architecture's beauty through its own reflections, something that I think no one has done yet.

Background

My project is based on my initial architectural reflection photographs that I captured back in the summer of 2003. During that summer, I traveled for 45 days around the United States on Greyhound buses by myself. I only had a guidebook, a backpack, and a 3.34 megapixel camera. Nevertheless, I traveled to 33 different cities and I was able to capture and keep 6,000 photographs.

After my trip, I went to college. But when I graduated and had more time to sort my photographs, I found images such as this

Houston, Texas
Houston, Texas

to be very fascinating. After I collected about 30 similar photographs I held group exhibitions and a solo exhibition in the Lehigh Valley, PA, where I live today. I even produced a book called Teenage American Travel that included many of my photographs in the 2003 trip.

I continued my passion for taking these architectural reflection photographs. I have thousands of them now and they can be viewed as video slideshows on here:

But I am not satisfied. I always dreamed of traveling the country again and collect as many American architectural reflection photographs as I can. Well, now it's ten years later since my first adventure and I think I've slept enough and dreamed too much. It's time to take action!

Project

I will go to the top 25 US cities that has the most skyscrapers. Here is the list:

Top 25 US cities with the most skyscrapers
Top 25 US cities with the most skyscrapers

and I will take as many architectural reflection photographs as I can in each city. Afterwards, I will produce an 8.5 inch by 11 inch, 285 page (with 10 photographs from each city), hard cover book called "Architectural Reflections in America." I will be sending it out to those supporters who wanted it. Additionally, professional archival glossy prints will be produced for those supporters who requested them. Lastly, I look forward to having a book release party and a gallery exhibition for all of my supporters!

PS: I included a PDF version of the book as one of the rewards.

I plan on taking this trip in September and October of this year, 2013. This will give me enough time to prepare. I will finish editing the photographs and have them printed by November or December. Also the book will be done by year's end and be shipped out by Christmas.

For more information about me and my work, my website is hiattzhao.com. You can follow the progress of this Kickstart project at hiattzhao.blogspot.com. Also if you are interested in seeing more architectural reflection photographs, here are my photos from China:

Thank you for your support!

Peace!

-Hiatt Zhao

Risks and challenges

One major challenge is finding an art gallery that will exhibit my architectural reflection photographs. Thus, for now it is listed in the pledge as TBA (to be announced). I will actively seek a gallery to showcase the photographs when my project becomes fully funded. Likewise, if you are a gallery director and is interested in this project, feel free to contact me.

Another challenge is publishing the book. I will be using a print-on-demand service unless a publisher is willing to publish the book.

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    My sincerest thanks to you. Your name will be entered into a drawing to receive the 8.5 inch by 11 inch, 285 page, hard cover, signed "Architectural Reflections in the United States of America" book. Additionally, your name will be included in a list of donors in the book. You will also be invited to events such as the book release party and gallery exhibition party (TBA).

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    You will receive an 8 inch by 10 inch limited edition signed print of your choice. The limit is 100. Your name will be entered into a drawing to receive the 8.5 inch by 11 inch, 285 page, hard cover, signed "Architectural Reflections in the United States of America" book. Additionally, your name will be included in a list of donors in the book. Moreover, you will be invited to events such as the book release party and gallery exhibition party (TBA).

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    You will receive a 24 inch by 36 inch limited edition signed print of your choice. The limit is 50. Your name will be entered into a drawing to receive the 8.5 inch by 11 inch, 285 page, hard cover, signed "Architectural Reflections in the United States of America" book. Additionally, your name will be included in a list of donors in the book. Moreover, you will be invited to events such as the book release party and gallery exhibition party (TBA).

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