I Am - A Photo Essay

I am the sum of my past experiences, the unchangeable roots of my current self.

I am the aggregate of my current strengths and weakness.  I am the means in which I provide for the needs of family and myself.  I am the faults that I struggle to erase, I am the strengths that I strive to improve.

I am the ground in which I plant my seeds.  My children will become echoes of my actions and my family will thrive at a rate equal to my, love and support.

I am a seeker of light, limited only by my beliefs.  

I am not a photographer and these are not my photos.  I am an adventurer, a seeker of answers, a lover of life and these are my visual journals.

A Man of Means - A Photo Essay

Following the Civil War In America, train hopping became a common means of transportation as railroads pushed west.  For years trains were hopped out of necessity, especially in times of economic hardship such as the Great Depression.  

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From this, groups of migrant workers that made a living hopping boxcars and picking up work where they could and earned the name “hobos.”  

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Danger, excitement and adventure soon brought a romance to the idea of train hopping hobos, attracting writers such as Jack Kerouac, Jack London and Ernest Hemmingway.  

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The title of this essay is taken from the song “King of the Road” by Roger Miller and tells the story of a poor man living life to the fullest humorously calling himself the “king of the road.”  While train hopping is not as common anymore, it remains symbolic of our sense of adventure, our imagination, the open road and the adventures of life ahead.

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