The American West Posted On 14th June 2018 To Magazine, Stories & Film specific
In October of last year, I sold most of what I owned at that time and went on a 10,000-mile road trip across the American West, capturing all of it on film.
Among the few possessions I brought with me, my reliable medium format camera Bronica SQ-Ai and 100 rolls of ILFORD HP5+.
Along the way, I photographed the tallest trees on Earth, the coastal Redwoods in Northern California; the volcanoes of the Cascades in the Pacific Northwest; the oldest trees in the world, the Bristlecone Pines in the White Mountains; the highest peak in the continental United States, Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada; the lowest point in North America, Badwater Basin in Death Valley; goats in Zion National Park; wild buffalos in Utah; elk in rainforests; stray dogs in Monument Valley; the otherworldly tufa towers of Mono Lake; sunrises and sunsets hearing the roar of the Pacific Ocean, listening to the howling of the coyotes in the desert, freezing in the Grand Canyon, hiking through the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona.
An experience of a lifetime that took about 80 rolls of HP5+ 120 film to capture. I developed and scanned all of them myself, some on the road and some when we got to our final destination.
Those places are now memories. A collection of individual feelings that are brought back to life every time I look at the images I made on the road.