I want to meet more people with empathy rather than frustration.

                          I want to meet more people with empathy rather than frustration.

  My biggest struggle is not believing in myself enough, hence the cliff ( photographed atop of 1000 foot cliff above Colorado River)  I should probably be pretty confident. My legs work, but I don’t know how to get out of my own head, so this trip is really has been forcing me to trust myself and know that I have two legs that will carry me far in this life. So my biggest struggle right now is getting out of my head.

 

My biggest struggle is not believing in myself enough, hence the cliff ( photographed atop of 1000 foot cliff above Colorado River)  I should probably be pretty confident. My legs work, but I don’t know how to get out of my own head, so this trip is really has been forcing me to trust myself and know that I have two legs that will carry me far in this life. So my biggest struggle right now is getting out of my head.

                                                 Whatever you do, put the Lord first.

                                                 Whatever you do, put the Lord first.

I took a 3 week long road trip with my best friend when I was 19. We both grew up in Ohio. From there we drove to Key West, then to Arizona and New York.

I took a 3 week long road trip with my best friend when I was 19. We both grew up in Ohio. From there we drove to Key West, then to Arizona and New York.

 I want to  be able to change the way in which people take intelligence and replace it with wisdom.

 I want to  be able to change the way in which people take intelligence and replace it with wisdom.

Four years ago I moved to Washington DC without a job, without friends and without a     home. I went down the list, checking out all the things I needed so I got a house, made lots of friends, I picked up jobs; Some I liked, some I didn’t, and now four years later I have a place I love, I have amazing friends and I’m able to do a trip like this. I have a job that I absolutely love but works me too hard. But the thing I struggle the most with is opening myself up and being vulnerable, because in all of that time I haven’t found anybody that matches my amount of curiosity and somebody that can handle me and is up for a challenge. 

Four years ago I moved to Washington DC without a job, without friends and without a     home. I went down the list, checking out all the things I needed so I got a house, made lots of friends, I picked up jobs; Some I liked, some I didn’t, and now four years later I have a place I love, I have amazing friends and I’m able to do a trip like this. I have a job that I absolutely love but works me too hard. But the thing I struggle the most with is opening myself up and being vulnerable, because in all of that time I haven’t found anybody that matches my amount of curiosity and somebody that can handle me and is up for a challenge. 

                           Why will I vote? Because Donald Trump poses a moral crisis.

                           Why will I vote? Because Donald Trump poses a moral crisis.

   The thing I would like to achieve is a lasting impression on the world . One of my biggest fears is to be just a number or another person on this planet. Having a legacy would be my greatest achievement. Whether that would be art, photography or videography or producing something it doesn’t matter to me. I'd just like to have something that lasts after I’m here. 

 

 The thing I would like to achieve is a lasting impression on the world . One of my biggest fears is to be just a number or another person on this planet. Having a legacy would be my greatest achievement. Whether that would be art, photography or videography or producing something it doesn’t matter to me. I'd just like to have something that lasts after I’m here. 

  We are on a bicycle touring trek around the USA without a specific destination, so my biggest struggle right now is deciding if we're gonna continue traveling and educating about the water and seeing if we can make a livelihood from this or if we need to quit this adventure and actually find real jobs that pay us money and start from scratch again. But for now, we hope that we can continue educating about the water.

 

We are on a bicycle touring trek around the USA without a specific destination, so my biggest struggle right now is deciding if we're gonna continue traveling and educating about the water and seeing if we can make a livelihood from this or if we need to quit this adventure and actually find real jobs that pay us money and start from scratch again. But for now, we hope that we can continue educating about the water.

I’m really hoping to find out in a week if I got accepted to national non-profit organization called Teach for America where kids just out of college teach in high need schools all across the country. So hopefully I’ll be somewhere in the Midwest, teaching pre-school and also thinking about starting a school to be a pediatric nurse practitioner. I’ll be finishing up teaching and getting ready to go back to school. 

I’m really hoping to find out in a week if I got accepted to national non-profit organization called Teach for America where kids just out of college teach in high need schools all across the country. So hopefully I’ll be somewhere in the Midwest, teaching pre-school and also thinking about starting a school to be a pediatric nurse practitioner. I’ll be finishing up teaching and getting ready to go back to school. 

Yes, but not in the way of being scared of time passing. I’m comfortable with the way time passes and I’ll appreciate it when I’m old. I think I’ll find things to experience along the way. 

Yes, but not in the way of being scared of time passing. I’m comfortable with the way time passes and I’ll appreciate it when I’m old. I think I’ll find things to experience along the way. 

  People live so quickly, they don’t stop and take a time to enjoy what they’re doing, they feel so rushed with everything. I think you need to take a time to slow down and do the things you want in life. {Life} goes so quickly that it passes you by before you even know it. 

 

People live so quickly, they don’t stop and take a time to enjoy what they’re doing, they feel so rushed with everything. I think you need to take a time to slow down and do the things you want in life. {Life} goes so quickly that it passes you by before you even know it. 

  The biggest thing I would change about myself is probably being afraid. If I could let go of a little bit of fear, I might be able to experience something that I might otherwise not be able to (experience)

 

The biggest thing I would change about myself is probably being afraid. If I could let go of a little bit of fear, I might be able to experience something that I might otherwise not be able to (experience)

I'm voting for Hillary Clinton and I think it is important because with a bystander effect everybody saying if they don’t vote right thing will still happen. I think it’s important to have an impact and to have a choice.

I'm voting for Hillary Clinton and I think it is important because with a bystander effect everybody saying if they don’t vote right thing will still happen. I think it’s important to have an impact and to have a choice.

I’m looking forward to living with a boy I love and going on adventures every day, and sort of figuring out what I wanna be doing at each moment. I’m most excited to just figure out what tomorrow looks like every day I wake up.

I’m looking forward to living with a boy I love and going on adventures every day, and sort of figuring out what I wanna be doing at each moment. I’m most excited to just figure out what tomorrow looks like every day I wake up.

In 4 years I’ll be 31 years old, probably be married, maybe have a baby, probably still living in Manhattan, working……

In 4 years I’ll be 31 years old, probably be married, maybe have a baby, probably still living in Manhattan, working……

I’m a quiet erratic person. I’d like to think more before taking actions.  (UK)   I’d be really happy if our children were proud of us  (UK)

I’m a quiet erratic person. I’d like to think more before taking actions.  (UK)

 

I’d be really happy if our children were proud of us  (UK)

In October 2016 I went on a road trip across western united states. I have traveled over 6 thousand miles through national parks in California, Utah, Arizona and Nevada with a goal of photographing young Americans. This small project started as a search for answers to my own questions about my future. As I went through the list, I have added a few questions about the future of The United States and how this will affect people within the country.

A mixture of sources influenced this project. First one is Brandon Stanton of HONY. Storytelling that goes along with his photos of New Yorkers adds another dimension to Brandon’s photos. I wanted to have written word to go with photos for a while. Since I’m not a writer and cannot write essays about each place, I asked questions and recorded the answers instead.

Second, is continuing previous two projects about cultures. Modern or old, they all lure me in a way that I want to meet people and learn about their way of life. People influence my travel in such a big way. I could be at the most beautiful place, but without a human interaction it’s just that a beautiful, but lonely place.

Third: America and Americans are currently going through pretty turbulent and rough time with, at least for next few year an uncertain future. Young Americans are generation that will have to live with a results of this election the longest. I also feel like they are the least prepared for it. Without many having established lives, jobs or relationships. Some are still studying or are young parents with little or no savings or ways of riding through tough times.
The fourth reason is personal. It is a search for my own answers. Thinking through what my future will be, searching for a personal and professional improvement and growth. For my own place in life, my beliefs and ways.

I’m 32 and starting to feel the passage of time and how it urges me to create and to leave my own mark on this world. I feel like time is slowly running out of time. I want to make my family and friends proud. But mostly I’m doing this project for myself. For a heck of it, because it is there and it can be done. It feels great bringing my own ideas to life. Just like so many others I got on the road to find the answers and whether I do or don’t is secondary. It feels good to be free, It feels good to create and learn, to meet new people and to see we all struggle somewhere. If it’s jobs, future or relationships we have to try our best, because If we don’t try the hardest we don’t try at all. To me it all boils down to living a life where I’m in control of it. Enjoying it with people I love and hopefully leaving it a better place.

I want to thank all people who helped to get this photography project off the ground. All of you young Americans I met along the way. Some, I only met briefly some, I spend bit more time with talking and laughing. I have enjoyed our conversations, jokes and stories. I appreciate the time you spent with me . You are all fantastic and I wish you all the best in life. Reach your goals and set new ones, don’t stop learning and being energetic and brave people. Thank you all very much for an amazing journey through America.

JB