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40 Months on the Road

Deon Reynolds

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Greetings All,

My wife and I lived in Eureka, Nevada for 13 years. The last five years there we had our home, an 1880 bank building up for sale, then out of the blue it sold. We sold or donated most of our personal belongings, the rest, mostly studio and darkroom equipment went into storage. We hit the road in our conversion van thinking we were going tour around for a couple of months to find the next place to call home. Then one of my commercial photographic clients found out we were on the road and sent us off photographing utility grade wind farms across North America for the company's tenth anniversary. Later a good friend and commercial photographer had just landed a huge job photographing the entire Native American ad campaign for the US Census. We were charged with casting and location scouting for that project. We circled the Continent twice visited 37 States and 4 Provinces. We planned it out so we had lots of time in-between locations/assignments to drive only back roads, stopping to photograph fun things along the way. Two years on the road and we were ready to find home, when the pandemic changed everything. We were not willing to purchase a home sight unseen. So we opted to stay in the van touring extremely remote locations of the west staying as far away from covidiots as possible. This part of our journey ended up being extremely photographically intensive.

This August after 40 months, exactly 1,200 days we found the perfect little house with two large studios and a greenhouse (Trish is a horticultural photographer) on acreage in central New Mexico, we are out of the van, which will soon to be "for sale"...

I mostly shot with a pair of Canon 5Dsr's and six prime lenses, half of which are TS-E (tilt shift) lenses (>10,000 images after ruthless editing). I love film too, so I also shot with a Hasselblad Flexbody (sometimes a 501C/M) and three prime lenses. I also like to shoot plastic cameras and use a couple of Holga's and some Kodak Fun Saver Panoramic disposable cameras I reload with Kodak Trish-X film over and over again. I'm currently working on converting one of the studio spaces into a darkroom and finishing room (digital printing and framing). With hundreds of rolls of film to process, I have my work cut out for me...

Deon
 
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Ozzie_Traveller

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G'day Deon

Firstly - WELCOME to the PT forum and it will be good to see some of your work as it is processed

It is beaut to hear from a fellow traveller ... we live on our motorhome for about 2/3 of the year and have spent the last 18 years criss-crossing Downunder-land, now clocking up 1/2-million kilometres along the way. ps the vehicle is 7,25m bumper-to-bumper and sits on a Ford Transit chassis

Best regards, Phil
 

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Welcome Deon, an interesting story indeed - I love the term "covidiots", I must remember that. :)
 
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