Young and broke on the Trans-Mongolian Railway.
In 2007 the financial crisis that occurred in the United States cost me my full-time job. Instead of being careful with what savings I had left, I decided to spend it on a Leica m6, 80 rolls of expired Fuji Neopan 1600, and a plane ticket to Moscow so I could embark on the Trans-Mongolian railway. I visited 15+ cities throughout Siberia, Mongolia, and China. I was 23 years old. It was one of the most eye- opening experiences I’ve ever had.
I joined with Patrik Wallner, who had then just started Visual Traveling. We filmed a skateboarding documentary of us exploring strange remote towns while getting into all sorts of idiotic trouble. It was the first time I had traveled with so many talented people, on an artistic level and on a skateboard. These were friendships that were made for life, along with being a truly humbling experience from every possible aspect.
Looking back through the film scans, I am struck with nostalgia. Although the next few years that followed were an enormous struggle, I look back with no regrets. The journey was one of the most rewarding risks I have ever taken.