Late last year sometime, my friend Chad from Portland, Oregon contacted me about having some of my travel photos from last summer featured in an interesting new travel magazine. The magazine, called “Nowhere is more Important than Here” is a project that Chad and a friend have been collaborating on over the last few years. Now on its second issues, the theme of the magazine is more about the trials, pains and beauty of travel than the locations themselves; Something I found really appropriate for our sometimes tumultuous travels.
I submitted 19 images from states all over the west, Montana, Utah, Colorado and Arizona, many of them curated by Chad from my flickr account, and within a few short weeks I was holding a copy in my hand. I was genuinely impressed when I opened the envelope at the post office. It’s a real magazine! Minus all the hundreds of pages of annoying advertisements and chock full of great, one of a kind, experiences!
I hate to admit that I thought it was going to be more like a zine, printed on newsprint and next to free, which would have been fine as well, but they really put a lot of work into it and it was still affordably priced at $10!
I didn’t hear much about it for a week or two til I made some plans to visit my friend Ash in Portland for a week (with Ross playing cat sitter at the cabin). The day after I bought my plane ticket, Chad posted a copy of the mag on his facebook profile and announced that there would be a release party the day I had planned to return to Colorado! Luckily I was able to change my flight for just $.40 and after several great days in Oregon, road tripping along the coast and visiting old haunts, me and Ash made the release party with time to spare.
The event was at a little bar in downtown Portland called Valentine’s. A hip yet affordable little place with infused vodkas and a great happy hour. There were at least 20 people there by the time Chad got up to speak about the magazine but unfortunately I was the only person featured in the magazine that had shown up. When the introduction to “Nowhere is more Important than Here” was done, only about 7 minutes had gone by and there was no one else to speak. Chad asked me if I wanted to say something, and I somehow mustered up the guts to do so.
I had no idea what to talk about, had made no plans and knew little about the magazine except what I had just heard from the mouth of its creators, so I pretty much forgot about the photos entirely and talked about life on the road. Mostly things like how long we’ve been doing it, and how we manage to do it at all. People were generally interested, someone even raised their hand a couple times, one girl laughed at everything I said like I was a stand up comedian but mostly everything went ok. I think it was easier not really knowing anyone there except Chad, and Ash, my best friend of 15 years. I wasn’t sure if they cared about RV travel, being all younger people, but we never thought about it ourselves much before we decided to start.
After I sat back down a couple people came up to me and asked me a few more questions about traveling in a travel trailer, and one girl blew my mind by saying she “can’t wait til ‘we’ take over the southwest and make it cool and accessible’. She made me realize how much I don’t want the southwest, or any rural place to change, I don’t want the entire west to become Portland. I like small dusty towns with quirky small town cultures just the way they are.
Here are a few of the photos featured in the magazine. I don’t have an online source for getting a hold of a copy yet but when I do, I’ll add a link here. The mag features dozens of stories from all over the world and tons of great street photography throughout! A great read for any travel lover indeed.
As always you can find many of these and other travel photos on my etsy site at: http://lostkatphotography.etsy.com