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The 50 States Project

Posted in Photography by jamesdphotography on March 26, 2010

The 50 States Project is a collaboration between photographers in America each interpreting a series of words according to how it represents the state that they live in. Each of the 50 states has a designated photographer and each has to capture the same word, such as ‘people’, ‘habitat’ or ‘landscape’. As America is a huge country of contrast the results are usually just as varied. As well as being a great opportunity to see some great photography, it’s also a wonderful way to travel across America. From the beaches to the back streets, from the malls to the National Parks, all of American life is captured here. It’s a remarkably simple yet brilliant idea. The two examples below are for the word ‘entertainment’.

“Untitled” © Chad States (Entertainment – Delaware)

“Yellowstone National Park” © Peter Kearns (Entertainment – Montana)

A similar project is just underway in England, titled What is England? that throughout the course of the year will tackle the interpretation of the words ‘person’, ‘group’, ‘work’, ‘play’, ‘urban’, and ‘rural’.

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  1. Marie la Star said, on March 26, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Wow that’s a GREAT project…
    Would you know if there’s one similar for Canada? (yup I’m from the great white north…eh!)

  2. 7treehouses said, on March 31, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I love this idea so much, I wish I could be part of something like this!

  3. jamesdphotography said, on March 31, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Maria,

    I don’t know if there is a similar project for Canada, you could always try and set one up :)

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