Desert Backcountry

#ReasonToRoam

This past weekend was spent with a super, duper rad team of creatives / photographers / influencers / models. We were sponsored by a California-based creative agency to find what it means to travel and be in search for our #ReasonToRoam. Hey -- traversing abandoned buses, dancing under the super-moon, singing with the coyotes, and wandering a self-sustaining city in the vast desert landscape --- what more could you possibly need?

I've said this 100 times and I'll think I could say it 100 more times -- the best part of traveling is meeting the people. Be it natives or those you meet along the way.

What brings me great joy, as a photographer, is capturing all of those undiscussed moments with the people I spend my time with. Those few seconds on the train ride, that breeze that dances along your hair as you look away, or the way you smile as you look across a vista point. It's my job to create an image that fits the mood, but matches my subject

One of my favorite moments of this entire trip was our early morning spent at Horseshoe Bend. No, it wasn't the beautiful red sands that caught my eye or the CRAZY super-moon sunrise... but, it was the gentle songs of the coyotes.

For those of you who don't know, the wolf / coyote is my favorite animal. In fact, there's a fantastic book called "Women Who Run With The Wolves" by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés that I would recommend for my fellow bookworms. Dr. Estés unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales, and stories, many from her own family, in order to help women reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature. Through the stories and commentaries in this remarkable book, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine. Dr. Estés has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche. Fertile and life-giving, it is a psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul. 

"...within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. She is the Wild Woman, who represents the instinctual nature of women. But she is an endangered species..." 

I'm always so, so grateful to be able to do what I do. Even if I revisit a place just months later, each travel experience is unique under its own terms. Thank you for this experience, H.

'Till next time, my loves!