YOUNG AMERICANS - photographic journey across western USA
In October 2016 I went on a road trip across western United States. I have travelled 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 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 your 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.