Of Travel


It’s almost fall again and for the last four or five years I have traveled in the fall/winter. Its taken me all over the world and this year is no different it seems only this time I will be taking it back to the basics and traveling by car around the US with YoungDoo. I am excited about the opportunity to explore the US again and look forward to shooting all the way across the country with her. So in the spirit of travel I pulled this from my archives. I took this photo while on the way back from Korea earlier this year and I really love the image simply because I love traveling by plane. Unlike many people I really love airports and the whole mess of an experience traveling by air can be. Getting stuck in an airport somewhere is less of a disaster in my mind and more of a chance to feel lost and rough it for a night in a unique sort of a way. The spirit of travel is never lost on me, even on the long days.

I remember this sunset well, in a crowded terminal in Newark the sun was setting on the runways and the sun was casting a bright orange glow across the faces of all the travelers sitting around in those never comfortable seats. It was just a beautiful moment all around that no one but me seemed to be enjoying. I found this image just as the sun left the sky. A few pigeons were flying from walkway to walkway and one made it into this shot there on the left. So in memory of these sorts of memories I’ll leave you with a wallpaper of the photo.

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  1. Nate I. - September 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    May I ask what you do that allows you to travel every fall? :) Is it work-related stuff that allows you to pay the bills whilst on the road, or is it purely “vacation” time?

    I enjoy the site and especially all the photography and wallpapers, so thanks for posting.

  2. Lauren - September 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Oh YES! I love this! I love this moment.. something about flying – I always feel like it helps me get perspective on my life, and waiting to take off is where it begins. This is perfectly captured and I can’t wait to put it on my desktop! Thank you!

  3. john - September 10, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Nate, good question, how DO I manage to do that? For the last few years I just live a little rougher to accommodate saving enough to pull off another trip and when I travel I travel modestly and seek out comfortable but less expensive means of being around in other counties. As far as time off, I lead a life with jobs that allow me to skip out of town more often than most. Sort of half way freelancing I guess you could say. I may not be able to do it as often as my life moves forward from here but its become such a big par of my life I don’t think I could give up on travel if I wanted to :)

    Lauren, glad you like it!

  4. Nate - September 11, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Hey John, a very logical and simple answer. Thanks and enjoy your travels this fall!

  5. Jorge Quinteros - October 8, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    As dull as it may seem having to spend more time than one would want to at the airport, I think people sometimes underestimate the amount of interesting things you can come across waiting around and this photographs is an impeccable example of that.

    As a photographer, it’s fair to say that your eye is trained to see beyond the mundane and perhaps people would think differently if they carried a camera with them as much as we’re always inclined to. Beautiful photo that is now serving as my desktop wallpaper.

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