The CARAVAN OF SOULS is a place where stories of humans, trials, tribulations, adventures, kindness, inspiration, great places, and travel live and breathe.
Stories of inspiration, reinvention, and generally groovy people doing what they do making the world a better place along the way.
Walking through the doors at Media Mecca in Black Rock City is always a real treat for me. Aside from that group of amazing people who are so helpful and supportive of this project and so many others, I’m always guaranteed to meet some truly fascinating and wonderful people.
I met Louis and his friend Bonito Leo while wandering around the good ole Playa around sunset. He certainly wasn’t hard to miss as you likely see in the photo.
It was another dusty morning in Black Rock City and our little tribe found ourselves wandering down a dusty road with no particular goal in mind. As with so many experiences at burning man, we stumbled upon a rather cool spot.
The serendipities and synchronicities at Burning Man continue to amaze, enlighten, and inspire me. I’ve been shooting portraits as gifts at Burning Man in search of stories for the Caravan of Souls for 3 years now. I'm still pondering what I learned from this great conversation.
“I used to be 85 pounds heavier. I hated living in Portland because it rained, it was boring, and I wanted to get out of here. My wife wouldn’t let me. I’m glad she didn’t. Once I discovered running, my perspectives changed. You couldn’t pry me out of Oregon now. When I go out on those trails to train and race, I realize most of the people down in the city will never see these views. You can’t drive to them. I mean, you have to hike or run to them! You end up in these places where there is no communication. You’re literally miles away from anything related to civilization.”
I was standing in the auditorium at the Xi'an Conservatory of Music waiting to get a few test shots before the days performances started when someone from behind me said "hi". I turned around to see this guy reaching out to shake my hand. In very good English, he continued with "I guess we're going to be working together for the next 5 days".
Rubing was always right where everyone needed her to be. Of all the people buzzing around, helping, fixing, rescuing, saving, performing, and contributing to the event, she was a star, albeit a quiet and humble one.
Ahhhhh...Prague. The last night in Prague.
I met Mark and Stephen at an English pub I found while wandering around Prague's Old Town Square. The pub is called the George and the Dragon. I was sitting alone at a table having a Czech beer and one of the employees of the bar was giving me the 411 on the expat community in the area. She introduced me to these two characters, as they were regulars in Prague. She said "they're really good guys, and very funny". About 20 seconds into the conversation, I knew I'd met a couple of real characters, and really good guys.