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A photographic documentation all 50+1 states and a list of why people call their state "Home" in the shape of the state.

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.

Original Texas poster listing things that I missed about Texas. I've changed some things for the new one.
Original Texas poster listing things that I missed about Texas. I've changed some things for the new one.

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).

The United States Poster: All 50 states will eventually be filled with things locals love about it, but for now it's just the state song.
The United States Poster: All 50 states will eventually be filled with things locals love about it, but for now it's just the state song.

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).

Fuji Instax photos
Fuji Instax photos

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.

Sample California from photo book
Sample California from photo book

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.

To get a better feel of my work and other projects I've done, please feel free to visit my site portfolio, project Tumblr and Flickr.

UPDATE: I just remembered I have lenticular lens, so I'm also making a red/blue anaglyph 3D book. Could also be animated?

Washington D.C.'s 3D page
Washington D.C.'s 3D page
Washington DC lenticular gif
Washington DC lenticular gif

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

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.

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    Signed Poster (12x18") of choice + Fuji Instax of corresponding state + Digital book + Digital poster + Digital book spread of choice + Postcard from the road from state of choice + Suggest a place of interest (Please email your state and suggestion to nh@nathanhoang.com)

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    Signed limited edition book with acknowledgements + 10 State postcards (4x6") of choice + Signed Poster (12x18 ") of choice + Fuji Instax of corresponding state + Digital book + Digital poster + Digital book spread of choice + Postcard from the road from state of choice + Suggest a place of interest (Please email your state and suggestion to nh@nathanhoang.com)

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    Metallic Photo Print (12x18") of choice + Signed limited edition book with acknowledgements + 10 State postcards (4x6") of choice + Signed Poster (12x18 ") of choice + Fuji Instax of corresponding state + Digital book + Digital poster + Digital book spread of choice + Postcard from the road from state of choice + Suggest a place of interest (Please email your state and suggestion to nh@nathanhoang.com)

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    United States Poster (24x36") + Metallic Photo Print (12" x 18") of choice + Signed limited edition book with acknowledgements + 10 State postcards (4x6") of choice + Signed Poster (12x18 ") of choice + Fuji Instax of corresponding state + Digital book + Digital poster + Digital book spread of choice + Postcard from the road from state of choice + Suggest a place of interest (Please email your state and suggestion to nh@nathanhoang.com)

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    TWO STATE PACK: 2 State posters (12x18") of choice + 2 Corresponding state photo print (12x18") + 2 Corresponding Fuji Instax + 20 State Postcards (4x6") of choice + Signed limited edition book + United States Poster (24x36") + Suggest a place of interest /// (Please email your state and suggestion to nh@nathanhoang.com, same state's ok)

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    10 STATE PACK: 10 State posters (12x18") of choice + 10 Corresponding state photo print (12x18") + 10 Corresponding Fuji Instax + 50 State Postcards (4x6") of choice + Signed limited edition book + United States Poster (24x36") + Suggest a place of interest /// (Please email your state and suggestion to nh@nathanhoang.com, same state's ok)

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    50+1 STATE PACK: All 50 State and DC posters (12x18") of choice + 51 State photo prints (12x18") + 51 Fuji Instax + 51 State Postcards (4x6")+ Signed limited edition book + United States Poster (24x36") + Suggest a place of interest /// (Please email your suggestion to nh@nathanhoang.com)

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