In 2011, I moved to Colorado then New York for internships after living in Texas for 25 years. Both states are great but I was used to Texas-style living, so in 2012, I listed out all the things I missed about Texas and made it into a poster. It was a love letter to my home state.
I got a few requests asking if I could make some posters for their state and others asking if they could have one for themselves or to send to their loved ones overseas.
My project “HOME” is a combination of the two. I want to fill all 50 states (plus DC) with things that make it special and makes locals call it “Home.”
I’m trying to raise $12,000. Most of it will cover print production costs which include postcards, posters, polaroids, pictures and photo books.
The rest of it will cover gas and unforeseen car troubles (plane tickets are at my own expense). I plan on couch surfing, camping, car living and doing the occasional AirBnB if the room is interesting and cheap (I once AirBnB’ed on a boat in Maine for much cheaper than the nearby Hilton and got a presumably much better experience and met a fine couple and their two nice pets that shed everywhere).
My goal is to travel all 50 states (plus DC) in three months, talk to locals and transplants and learn why they love their state and why it’s home. I want to make a genuine list that isn’t from an internet site or Google Maps.
On the road, I’ll send postcards to all my supporters, take Fuji Instax photos (Fuji’s Polaroid) to poster supporters, and a photo book (where all supporters will get their names under their state of choice as a way of saying thanks) to photo print supporters (a more in-depth description on the right).
At the end of the project, using photos I took and posters I created, I’ll make a photo book that illustrates each state’s uniqueness.
Posters are printed on 100# uncoated paper, photographic prints will be printed on metallic finish photo paper, and the photo book will be printed on 100# premium matte .
Thanks for reading about my project and thanks for your support.
UPDATE: I just remembered I have lenticular lens, so I'm also making a red/blue anaglyph 3D book. Could also be animated?
Risks and challenges
Aside from any unexpected car troubles, the biggest challenge will be compromising certain things to include for certain states. For example, Montana and Delaware’s population are close, yet the square mileage of Montana is much greater. Listing items might be more challenging for big states, but shouldn’t be too troublesome.
The second challenge is mapping the trip logistically to efficiently understand each state.
The project will be done in time and rewards will shipped before the holidays, but please forgive any unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes. Eventually after the project is done, that would be a next step.
I think a big part of what makes home "home" are personal experiences and connections.
My first poster was Houston-centric and non-Houstonians didn't really like that, but in the end, it was my own love letter to the city that made me.
The big picture is why people call their state home. But in the end, home is what you make it.
It just happens to be in the state you love.
Parts of my state is very different from other parts of my state, would you be visiting both part of that state?
Yes! Please let me know.
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