New avenues, uncharted territories, highways for the connoisseurs. The cravers and the curious explored under the power of engines, or by the humble force of one’s bare feet alone walking or pushing against the pedal of a bike. So many paths to take, so many ways to explore them.
Road tripping can be a frighteningly solitary experience, because let’s face it; even when you’re traveling with the closest of friends, the process almost explicitly involves a tremendous amount of introspection, self-preservation and self-evaluation against circumstances unknown.
It's the very reason popular culture has always painted such forays into the great outdoors and the emotional unknown as the perennial opportunity for one to put their bonds with friends and values to the test.
Whichever thesis you may adopt on the subject, it is this cathartic process that has been the core of stories said, written and sang throughout the course of the years. Ultimately, paraphrasing C. Kavafy’s poem - it’s the road that matters and not the destination.
Countless stories have been shared about the hardships, discoveries and joys of traveling. This year has been one of them, where road stories flooded Fresh 18 entries, providing us with a rare glimpse at the fellow travellers as well as the corners of the world that do not get the glamorous treatment; hidden nooks which expose the beauty, the ordinary, the glorious and inconceivable grandeur of our Earthly home.
A shared experience is a profound experience. Fellow travelers share more than the views; they also share time, space, thoughts.
"I love the absolute surrender in this photo. The head out the window, the world passing by and hair floating with the freedom of the unknown."
"I love the composition and overall mood of everything. From the expression to the hair to the mountains, it all tells a silent story."
"Captures the feeling of being free, leaving your responsibilities behind and starting on a new adventure. Even if it’s only a short escape."
"Travelling is not always moving your body but your soul and feelings."
"A powerful image of escape, as if that journey gave her a sense of freedom and that she was able to breathe again."
"Aria came to the shoot in her baby blue Bronco and she seemed to feel so home in it. I had to capture the feeling of being comforted by the thoughts we sometimes place in inanimate objects."
Going back to reliable basics.
"Taking the right picture is nothing. Everything happen long time before you press the button."
Winter Sun at Cape Kiwanda
"This a precious time at sunrise whens the world comes alive. Being awake before everybody else give you such a great feeling of uniqueness."
"A painting of light with the van giving us as a frame, a reflection and sense of scale. All of these images depict the major learning one gets from spending time on the road."
"Is there anything more humbling than watching the sun rise and set over the ocean? A profound reminder of the beauty in the things we take for granted the most."
"That’s my kind of luxury. My loves and passions in one spot at the same time."
Snap A Selfie
"You see yourself, but I see you."
"I wanted to stop time, to remember that moment, when I used to go on a road trip I always felt that I was flying, so I wanted to capture that..."
"Looking past selfie-culture, the juxtaposition of the self and the wide, open landscape speaks to self-discovery; often synonymous with road tripping."
"Self-confidence is more than selfies. You need to see yourself the way you are."
"Simple intimate moment of life. Those thoughts come to me when I look at this series."
"Every moment is over before we realize it arrived, so we want to see the present in a photo - but really it's only layers of our past."
"Dust, melancholy, loneliness, I fell it’s autumn and I’m in my favorite spots, dreaming."
"Reminds me of my own youth, trying to put together two VW Beetles to make one, and the frustration of doing it with shite tools and a Haynes manual."
"Positivity and hope against the broken down van reminded me that in our youth, the urge to explore and experience is so strong that whatever obstacles get in our way, we somehow persist with the journey."
That’s what we’re here for. The big shots.
"I like the idea of showing how the human is so small in the world. When you have conscience of this you becoming more humble and this is how you should look to the future. Travel, look and listen. Then you’ll grow up."
"There is an endless landscape for us to explore. Constantly changing, always fresh."
"We are nothing. We are small. We are part of something bigger."
"The landscape, though beautiful, emits a sense of danger. The exploration feels like a rite of passage, a journey that one must take to learn more about oneself."
"These photos remind me that we're just a tiny spec, on a small rock orbiting a modest star in a very tiny corner of the universe."
"Best investment for a photographer; a good pair of shoes and an alarm clock set on the early hours. Walk. Travel."
"We try to imitate the nature but we cannot compete."
Life is about moments
"'Life is about moments' perfectly describes the feelings I get when I am able to capture a moment while out exploring the highways, back-roads, and trails of western Canada. Life can be full of these moments, you just have to look for them."
The Insight programme explores ideas and concepts from across the Fresh 18 entry pool. Compiled by Tim Jarvis and Villy Devlioti with Jessica Kantor and Patrick Curtet.