Traversing around the country for three months by winnebago, this passion project will revisit the route and spirit of Steinbeck’s original journey. Through imagery and essays, I will be comparing and contrasting his experience and observations with our contemporary America. The final product will include a hardcover book, a multimedia web experience, a print shop, and an exhibit.
What excites me so deeply about this expedition is that it embodies all of my passions: photography, literature, travel, sociology, & community engagement. Also, I am thrilled to be joined by my favorite travel companion, and the furriest love of my life, my rescue dog, Quigley.
Throughout our time on the road, we will circumnavigate the country; traveling through 31 states, 14 National Parks, and 11 of Americas' most diverse & iconic cities. We will conduct many interviews and portrait sessions along the way, inviting people to come along for the ride not only through social media interaction, but through physical presence as well!
Travel is in my DNA, but like Steinbeck, I feel that I barely know my own country anymore. What intrigued me reading this story is how timely it is, even now. His honest commentary on culture, politics, and climate change, among other topics, were revealing, delightful, and often prophetic. The parallels between his journey and the state of our country today is uncanny. Our country is so focused on our differences. I would love to take a deeper look into the hearts and minds of Americans, and reveal just how much we need each other.