Travel Like You Give a Damn: Eyes out West Travel Like You Give a Damn: Eyes out West

Travel Like You Give a Damn: Eyes out West

by Hudson Gardner

May 20, 2013

Since I was very young, I’ve had a strong impulse to go into nature. Not just the nature you find in your backyard, or on the roadside, or even in the fields and hills and forests of the countryside near towns, but deep, dark, immense wilderness. Somehow, amongst all that space I feel most at home. I breathe the air scented by pine needles, unmoved by wind, with silence all around, and I say, “I am home.”

Over the years, because of this desire to document the trips I’ve taken, I have amassed many photos and bits of writing. However, the writing was incomplete, and the photos represented only a half-formed aesthetic, seen by only a few people. This year, I wanted to do something different: to relate to others how amazing travel can be, both as an experience, and as a vehicle for inner change. I want to relate a living, vital example of this very process, of change through travel. Because of that, I decided to create the book Eyes Out West, which I'm currently raising funds through Kickstarter to publish.

It is possible that travel can take you deeper into yourself, deeper into your life, while at the same time taking you away from that same day-to-day life. This is the kind of thinking I want to inspire in people through this book, through my writing and photography. I want them to have courage, and take the risk of casting off the safety of scheduled life, to go out and do something totally amazing.

Thanks for reading, and see you on the road.

This project will be featured in GOOD's Saturday series Push for Good—our guide to crowdfunding creative progress. If you're interested in seeing more of Hudson's work, think about supporting his Kickstarter campaign here.

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Illustration by Corinna Loo

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Travel Like You Give a Damn: Eyes out West