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"People always talk about how dangerous it is to Hitchhike.
How everyone is super sketchy, unwelcoming, and how around every corner and on every highway there’s someone waiting to stab kill or rape you. I don’t speak from common knowledge, but from experience.
After having traveled literally thousands of miles in this fashion- I can tell you that’s complete and total bullshit. Yes, some people are dangerous. But those dangerous people are everywhere- and you’ve got the same level or risk walking home from your friends house after a party at 3am as you do getting on a freight train or in a strangers car.
America is not dead. Humans are not evil.
The vast majority- are entirely afraid of eachother, because we’ve been trained and conditioned to be from a young age. One of the scariest things I’ve ever been told growing up is not to talk to strangers.
And for about 17 years of my life, I didn’t. I thought all strangers wanted to kill or kidnap me. Then one day I realized that was bullshit, and began to talk to other human beings outside of my social circle. Strangers. That started happening about 2 years ago- and to be honest: the last 2 years of my life have been the best so far.
We’re so afraid to talk, interact, and trust other people that we’ve caged ourselves. When just like you and I, most Americans, and Humans- are incredibly thoughtful. Compassionate. Most people WANT to help other people, to meet new characters, to have new experiences. But they’re too afraid to leave their safety net. It takes a certain kind of person to hitchhike, and it takes a certain kind of person to pick up a hitchhiker.
So far, I’ve met some wild, strange, and incredibly intelligent people.
The vast majority of my world view has completely changed based upon the conversations I’ve had with them. Travelling in this manner has been what’s humbled me, given me confidence, allowed me to grow, and opened me up to so many other opportunities. It’s even allowed me to meet people on a whim that ended up being the same characters who’ve helped me network and gain more distance into my career as a photographer. It’s single handedly been one of the biggest blessings in my life. Yet every time I go on a trip like this, I’m told I’m crazy.
I’m not, I’m just curious. I get bored. I need to meet people, to have new experiences, and when you’re dirt broke(or just bored) this is the best way to travel.”
"Hitchhiking Moments" | Photographer
(All of the above photographs were taken on a single trip- from Bellingham, Washington to Crater Lake, Oregon and back. The goal of these photographs strung together was simply to help see the struggle, humor, and beauty that comes with hitchhiking.)
must be good to be a man
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