‘Every dot on the map interests me’

Andrew Filer is an ambitious man. He’s photographed every dot on the North Dakota map, and is planning a another trip through the West taking pictures of “the tiniest places I can find.” He’s running a Kickstarter campaign to fund that endeavor.

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.

So why every town?

Filer told APM’s Dick Gordon in 2008 that he wanted to see “what else was out there.”

Every time I hear something like that, including Bob’s recent discussion with kayaker Daniel Alvarez, I take it as one more reason to quit planning and start doing.

(Via Thanland)

  • bsimon

    Nate, the hardest part is deciding to go.,

  • Chuck

    I wonder how long it took him to complete his North Dakota quest? This is one of those things where you hit your forehead and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

  • Nate Minor


    According to the dates on his Flickr pages, he started in 2005 and finished somewhere in 2009-2010.

  • http://mnprairieroots.wordpress.com Minnesota Prairie Roots

    Truly a man/photographer after my own heart, appreciating those places which are worth a second look, worth a photo or ten or twenty.

  • http://www.afiler.com/ Andrew Filer

    I shot about 50% of the project in 2008-2009, in a few multi-week-long trips. My earliest North Dakota shots were in 2001, but I didn’t really get going on it until a few years later.