Photographing America's 50 States

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Raised by 92 people in 59 months

First and foremost I love to learn. I've always been curious and I've never hesitated to ask a question. I started taking pictures as a kid. I would end up breaking about 5 of my grandmother's cameras trying to film or take pictures. I'm a full time Creative. I have my freelance life where I get hired to create and then there's my creative life where I create for my own good. I could only think about something for so long before wanting to see it or hold it for myself. Balancing out theory and practice became a fluid habit for me growing up.  My mother never asked me for much. She asked me to please finish school, and I did. I graduated from Hyde Park High School at 17 years old and from St. Thomas University in Miami with a bachelors in Philosophy / Global Studies at 20 years old.  I wanted to go to Law School or Business School but I saw steady success online making videos and sharing my photos. My YouTube account became a place I can entertain the world and also teach them the things I was learning. I began studying careers, businesses, issues and started to translate those things into visual products. A few years ago I turned a road trip into a photography tour. I took photos in 15 different cities on a drive from Boston to San Francisco. I shared those photos with the world for people to experience. I love life. I'm fortunate to have been born with an urge to discover and explore. I want to continue studying the earth, its cultures, the languages and its food! I started with the United States and I'm almost done photographing all 50 states. This is what I've dedicated my life to and I hope to continue gathering Support...

-Alaska & Hawaii 
-North West America
-Texas / Mexico borderline

Study Tour #1 United States: East to West (with TruStorie)
Downtown Philadelphia
the Liberty Bell - Philadelphia, PA
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Lincoln Memorial - Washington D.C.
Albert Einstein Statue - Washington D.C.
Front Royale Virginia
The Sunsphere - Knoxville, Tennessee
Old Gray Cemetery - Knoxville, Tennessee
Graceland - Memphis, Tennessee
Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial - Oklahoma
Cadallac Ranch - Amarillo, Texas
Downtown Albuquerque - New Mexico
Rattlesnake Museum - Albuquerque, New Mexico
San Felipe de Neri Church - Albuquerque, New Mexico
El Rancho Hotel - Gallup, New Mexico
the Grand Canyon, Arizona
Flintstones Bedrock City - Valle, Arizona
Delgadillo's Snow Cap - Seligman, Arizona
Golden Gate Bridge - San Fransisco, California

Study Tour #2 United States: East Coast
Mark Twain's House - Hartford, Connecticut
George Washington's house - Mt. Vernon, Virginia
Metalmorphosis - Charlotte, North Carolina
Bonaventure Cemetery - Savannah, Georgia
Kingsley Plantation - Jacksonville, Florida
Fountain of Youth - St. Augustine, Florida
Walt Disney World
Coopertown Airboats Tour of the Everglades in Florida
Miami Boat Show with Captain Charlie - Miami, Florida
John Gilmore Riley House - Tallahassee, Florida
Ebenezer Baptist Church - Atlanta, Georgia
The home Martin Luther King Jr was born in - Atlanta, Georgia
The grave site of Martin Luther King Jr - Atlanta, Georgia
Ruby Falls - Chattanooga, Tennessee
Sanders Cafe - Corbin, Kentucky
the Bay of Lake Erie - Erie, Pennsylvania
the grave site of Lucille Ball - Jamestown, New York

Study Tour #3: United States: East Coast
Ocmulgee National Monument - Macon, GA
Tree That Owns Itself - Athens, Georgia
Smithsonian: Air and Space Museum - Washington DC
Smithsonian: African Art Museum - Washington DC
Smithsonian: American History Museum - Washington DC
Smithsonian: Natural History Museum - Washington DC
The Mineral Museum - Hendersonville, NC
The Mill Mountain Star - Roanoke, VA
Ford's Theatre - Washington, DC
the Lincoln Memorial - Washington, DC
Washington Monument - Washington, DC
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial - Washington, DC
The Edgar Allan Poe House - Baltimore, Maryland
Edgar Allan Poe Tomb - Baltimore, Maryland
The Horse You Came In On - Baltimore, Maryland
Washington College Hospital - Baltimore, Maryland
University of Baltimore - Baltimore, Maryland
Enoch Pratt Free Library - Baltimore, Maryland
Edgar Allan Poe's home - Philadelphia, Penn
Eastern State Penitentiary - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Franklin Institute - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage - Bronx, New York

Study Tour #4: The Great Lakes
-Hamlin Park - LAKE ONTARIO
-Downtown Rochester, NY
-George Eastman House - Rochester, NY
-Mt. Hope Cemetery - Rochester, NY
-Susan B. Anthony House - Rochester, NY
-Niagra Falls
-North peir on Presque Isle Erie, PA - LAKE ERIE
-A Christmas Story House - Cleveland, OH
-Innercity Detriot
-Hart Plaza - Detriot, MI
-Port Huron - LAKE HURON
-Pitbulls in Chicago
-Original Playboy Mansion - Chicago, IL
-Lincoln Zoo - Chicago, IL
-Navy Pier - Chicago, IL - LAKE MICHIGAN
-the "Home Alone" house - Winnetka. IL
-Lambeau Field - Greenbay, WI
-Black Rocks Beach, MI - LAKE SUPERIOR
**Downtown Montreal, Quebec CANADA**

-Boston, MA
-Edmund Pettus Bridge  - Selma, Alabama
New Orleans:
-The Gravesite of the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau
-School for Witches in American Horror Story: Coven
-French Quarter
-Lalaurie Mansion
-Marrero, Lousianna
-Illinois Central Depot - McComb, Mississippi
-Lakeport Plantation - Lake Village, AR
-Cattle Walk - Fort Worth, Texas
-La Jolla Cove - San Diego, California
-Disneyland Park - Los Angeles, CA
-La Brea Tar Pits - Los Angeles, CA
-Nightmare on Elm Street House - Los Angeles, CA
-Tommy' house from Halloween - Los Angeles, CA
-Hollywood Walk of Fame. Los Angeles, CA
-TCL Chinese Theater. Los Angeles, CA
-Santa Monica Pier - Santa Monica, CA
-Bonnie & Clyde get away car - Primm, Nevada
-Location of Tupac's murder - Las Vegas
-Hoover Dam - Boulder City, Nevada
-the Grand Canyon - South Rim, Arizona
-Four Corners - Colorado
-Strataca Salt Mine - Hutchinson, Kansas
-Gateway Arch - St. Louis, Missouri
-Home Alone house - Chicago, Illinois
-Indiana Dunes - LAKE MICHIGAN, Indiana
-The birthplace of Lucille Ball - Jamestown, New York
-The childhood home of Lucille Ball
-Lucille Ball's gravesite - Jamestown, New York
-Desilu Studios - Jamestown, New York
-The Lucille Ball Museum - Jamestown, New York
-Rochester, New York
-Boston, MA

STUDY TOUR #6: Southern California
-San Diego (Cabrillo National Monument)
-Oceanside Pier
-Laguna Beach
-Long Beach
-Venice Beach
-Santa Monica Pier
-Hermosa Beach
-El Matador Beach
-Kevin Arnold's house from "the Wonder Years"
-The grave site of Walt Disney
-The grave site of Truman Capote
-The grave site of Marilyn Monroe
-Craig's house from "Friday"

STUDY TOUR #7 New York City
-Amityville Murder House
-The grave site of Celia Cruz
-The grave site of Billie Holiday
-The grave site of Jackie Robinson
-The grave site of Babe Ruth
-The grave site of Harry Houdini
-The grave site of Malcom X
-The ballroom Malcom X was murdered in
-The childhood home of the Notorious B.I.G.
-The grave site of Dorothy Day
-The Metropolitan Museum
-Central Park Zoo
-Central Park
-The hotel from Home Alone 2
-The ice rink from Home Alone 2
-Rockefeller Center
-Grand Central Station
-Time Square
-The Statue of Liberty

STUDY TOUR #8 New Jersey
-The grave site of Thomas Edison
-The Home of Thomas Edison
-The laborartory & workshop of Thomas Edison

-The Home of Stephen King
-The house from Pet Sematary
-Paul Bonyan statue

STUDY TOUR #10 Wilmington, Delaware
-Howard High School
-The Knotty Pine
- Louis Redding's house

STUDY TOUR #11 Philadelphia
-Liberty Bell
-Mütter Museum
-The grave site of Benjamin Franklin
-Pat's King of Steaks
-The Rocky Steps
-United States Mint

STUDY TOUR #12 Ohio roundtrip
-The grave site of Harriet Tubman -  Auburn, NY
-The Harriet Tubman Home - Auburn, NY
- Bicentennial Tower
-Presque Isle State Park
-The grave site of Rosa Parks - Detroit, MI
-The grave site of Proof - Detroit, MI
-The grave site of The Dodge Brothers - Detroit, MI
-The grave site of The Ford Brothers - Detroit, MI
-Motown's Originial Headquarters - Detroit, MI
-Ohio State Reformatory - Mansfield, OH
-The Ark - Williamstown, KY
-The grave site of Muhammad Ali - Louisville, KY  
-The grave site of Colonel Sanders - Louisville, KY
- Lake Shawnee - Rock, WV
- Ron Hinkle’s Glass - Buckhannon, WV
-The grave site of Mr. Roger’s - Latrobe, PA
-The grave site of Dorothy Day

STUDY TOUR #13 Washington DC
-The White House
-Holocaust Memorial Museum

my photos:
The White House
The grave site of Malcolm X
The home of Harriet Tubman
The grave site of Babe Ruth
a frozen Niagra Falls (U.S. side)
The house from Home Alone
the grave site of H.P. Lovecraft
Howard High School in Wilmington, Delaware
the grave site of Dorothy Day
The Home of Thomas Edison
The grave site of Lucille Ball
the Lincoln Memorial
Lakeport Plantation in Arkansas
Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas
Ancient Spanish Monastery in Miami
Everglades, Florida

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a frozen Lake Erie
Elvis Presley's home in Memphis
a flower boot in Front Royal, Virginia
The home of Mark Twain in Hartfort, CT
the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken
Ruby Falls in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia
the gravesite of Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore
World Trade Center Memorial  09.11.15
the Selma Bridge in Selma, Alabama
the Hoover Dam in Boulder City, Nevada

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I have 2 states left!!!! :)
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This week I'm on the road photographing 11 states in North West America. Any donation of $250 or more will automatically include an indoor or outdoor photoshoot session for you or someone else!
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I've photographed 37 of 50 states. I'm working on photographing all 50 states. On my journey I've been able to preserve my culture by taking photos, making videos, interviewing locals and creatives all over the country.
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I was blessed with the opportunity to work on a project at home of Harriet Tubman, the famed abolitionist and leader of the Underground Railroad. I was able to work on aerial shots of her 26 acre property in Auburn, New York. The Harriet Tubman Home preserves the legacy of a woman they call "The Moses of Her People". I was introduced to her story at my summer camp by Rick Harris & Doug Hecklinger! They designed a game called "The Underground Railroad" that taught us the significance of her efforts to our story as Americans..Thank you Rick! Thank you Doug! and Thank you to Rev. Paul Gordon Carter for welcoming me and teaching me more about Harriet..
Harriet Tubman Home
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Dante Luna
59 months ago

thank you soo much for those who helped me get started on this next study!!!!! I appreciate you all including yourself!

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Raised by 92 people in 59 months
Created May 7, 2014
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Jess Barrientos
12 months ago

Matthew 5:14-16

Kaibeth Pena-Cruz
25 months ago

Awesome work, never stop exploring and sharing your art :)

Celia Rivera
26 months ago

Wishing you the best on your journey! Always

Dante Luna
59 months ago

thank you soo much for those who helped me get started on this next study!!!!! I appreciate you all including yourself!

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