How many dots are there on a map of your state? Well, in North Dakota there are about 850. Andrew Filer knows, because he went to all of them. In a series of 9,308 photographs Filer documented every place in North Dakota. Literally.
I worked on and off over the past decade or so on this, but I would say that about 50% of the photography was done in 4 multi-week-long trips in 2008 and 2009. I was at the mercy of the weather, so I’d photograph for as long as it stayed sunny.
What’s next? Filer started a Kickstarter to fund his photography of small places around the country. On his project site, he writes:
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.
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