6,887 miles: Day 24

 I can't believe I have been on the road for 24 days. Sometimes it feels like months, sometimes it feels like I just left Portland. This first half of the trip has been pretty go, go, go, with few breaks. There has just been so much stuff to capture in the southern part of this adventure and it is all so spread out. I'm really looking forward to setting up my home base in New York for a few weeks and not only spending time with dear friends but having a break in the chaos to really look at what I have been shooting and reevaluate what I want in the second half of my trip.

We spent a few days in Austin, TX. this is a shot from my venture to Waco, TX to capture an abandoned theater. Little did I know, that it is now the location of a thriving flea market. I met a ton of people while I was shooting who were really interested in the project. Thanks Honda for the car, the logos on the 2015 Fit really do serve as a great conversation starter about the project.

We spent a few days in Austin, TX. this is a shot from my venture to Waco, TX to capture an abandoned theater. Little did I know, that it is now the location of a thriving flea market. I met a ton of people while I was shooting who were really interested in the project. Thanks Honda for the car, the logos on the 2015 Fit really do serve as a great conversation starter about the project.

We got a little bit of down time in Austin and I was able to go swimming one day (thanks Jenny & James!).

We got a little bit of down time in Austin and I was able to go swimming one day (thanks Jenny & James!).

I also got to catch up with Will, an old friend and his boyfriend Jonathan. I hadn't seen them in 6 years! They showed me a great time, and I finally got to see the bats flying out if the bridge. Sadly, it was too dark, and they were too fast for pictures.

I also got to catch up with Will, an old friend and his boyfriend Jonathan. I hadn't seen them in 6 years! They showed me a great time, and I finally got to see the bats flying out if the bridge. Sadly, it was too dark, and they were too fast for pictures.

After Austin, we headed to Lufkin, TX. We managed to arrive right as the clouds were lifting and the golden hour of the day was hitting. This may be my new favorite so far! We were having trouble finding the theater at first so we stopped to ask a local. The lady told me all that was left was a sign so when my assistant, Noah Dye, and I pulled up to this, we were pretty excited. Also, really lucky because it was nearly barricaded off for road work.

After Austin, we headed to Lufkin, TX. We managed to arrive right as the clouds were lifting and the golden hour of the day was hitting. This may be my new favorite so far! We were having trouble finding the theater at first so we stopped to ask a local. The lady told me all that was left was a sign so when my assistant, Noah Dye, and I pulled up to this, we were pretty excited. Also, really lucky because it was nearly barricaded off for road work.

After Texas, we headed to Guin, AL to visit the Blue Moon Drive-In, an operational theater with two screens. More on that when I get more time to go through the photos. We then were off to North Carolina where we stayed with parents of Noah's childhood friend. They loaded us up with Togo wine drinks and took us out dancing almost immediately. Not my usual type of dancing but I had a great time -and Noah was able to snap this pic.

After Texas, we headed to Guin, AL to visit the Blue Moon Drive-In, an operational theater with two screens. More on that when I get more time to go through the photos. We then were off to North Carolina where we stayed with parents of Noah's childhood friend. They loaded us up with Togo wine drinks and took us out dancing almost immediately. Not my usual type of dancing but I had a great time -and Noah was able to snap this pic.

We are currently just outside of Baltimore, MD. I will be trying to get to shoot an abandoned and operational theater tonight. A former college classmate, Ashley, has graciously taken us in. We spent lots of time by the pool yesterday for a much needed day off and I think I might even go for a dip after I finish this post.

We are currently just outside of Baltimore, MD. I will be trying to get to shoot an abandoned and operational theater tonight. A former college classmate, Ashley, has graciously taken us in. We spent lots of time by the pool yesterday for a much needed day off and I think I might even go for a dip after I finish this post.

That pretty much brings you up to date so far. I have been snapping Polaroid along the way and getting some good ones! My hope is to be able to share more with all of you once I get to New York. We have been so lucky on this trip. So many wonderful people have taken us in and shown us a wonderful time. It's great to get to meet so many people along the way. Thank you for all of the support and I hope you are all enjoying following the adventure!

That pretty much brings you up to date so far. I have been snapping Polaroid along the way and getting some good ones! My hope is to be able to share more with all of you once I get to New York. We have been so lucky on this trip. So many wonderful people have taken us in and shown us a wonderful time. It's great to get to meet so many people along the way. Thank you for all of the support and I hope you are all enjoying following the adventure!

 

Lindsey Rickert

Portland, OR, United States of America

I turned to photography at a young age as a way to manipulate the world in front of me into endless possibilities. It remained a hobby for several years until I decided to run away from the snow in Iowa and towards the rain in Portland, OR. While I was inspired by film makers and my surroundings, I had a tendency to pick apart single frames and freeze them. My memory wasn't a movie playing back in my head, it was a series of still images that created a narrative. This translates into my work through the use of lighting and props that build a scene and create a story. When I am not taking pictures, I spend my time roller skating, playing with my puppy Charlie Von Shitbird (he is very sophisticated), spending time with my snake Vans, embarking on capers with my girlfriends, messing around with special fx makeup, and exploring the great Pacific Northwest and all it has to offer. The best thing about my job is getting to meet a variety of people. No to shoots are the same and I thrive on getting to know my clients and collaborating with them to create truly unique and bold images that fit their needs. Whether it be wedding photography, family portraits, small business needs, or you simply want a kick ass original portrait. If you are looking for a creative experience that will not only boost your confidence but create a lasting memory then lets make it happen!