“In Wildness is the preservation of the world” H.D.Thoreau
A 5,600 mile journey into the heart of America
“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”
“Let me briefly digress on the subject of fear. There are such moments in travelling when it arises, and the bread you are chewing sticks in your throat. When you are over-tired, or alone for too long, or are let down for a moment after a burst of enthusiasm, it can take you unawares as you turn a corner, like a cold shower. Fear of the month to come, of the dogs that roam at night around the villages, threatening anything that moves, of the nomads picking up stones on their way down to meet you; even for a horse hired at a previous stage, perhaps a vicious brute who has just been biding his time. You defend yourself as best you can, especially if it’s a case of getting on with the job.
The Way of the World - Nicolas Bouvier
“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Set out, explore every coast, and seek this city,” the Khan says to Marco. “Then come back and tell me if my dream corresponds to reality.
Invisible Cities, pg. 55 - Italo Calvino
“Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.
"In wildness is the preservation of the world."
Henry David Thoreau
Mikael & Melaena, California Coast
On April 5th, American born photographers Mikael Kennedy & Sean Sullivan will set out from Los Angeles, CA, deep into the heart of the country on a 30 day road trip to explore America.
In a project titled Ramblers Bone, Sullivan & Kennedy, both veteran travelers of the American highways, will wander east into the high deserts of New Mexico before turning north through the Rockies, into the wild lands of Montana, across to the Pacific for the last leg of their journey, bringing them down the California coast where the wilderness meets the water; the point where early explorers of the West realized they could go no further.
Wolverine, an American bootmaker since 1883, has chosen to sponsor these two artists, letting them loose on the two-lane black tops and dirt roads of America deep into the wilderness of the West. The American road has always drawn the lenses of photographers over the years, from Ansel Adams to Robert Frank & William Eggleston, all who burned countless miles on the open road where anything can happen and the photographers open themselves up to the endless possibility that is part of the American dream itself.