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Nebraska Plains

Leica Mini-Zoom, B&W Ilford FP4 Plus 125

A dark house on an arbitrary plot of land on the plains of Nebraska sits silently as cars and trucks drive by in whirring monotonous drones of pistons pushing multi-colored cages inhabited by blank nodding faces unknown. Its black-lidded eaves droop over empty windows staring with dead eyes.

I’m walking along an aged fence stumbling through tussocks of bladed grass.

No cars stop to pull in the driveway to grind the relentless weeds beneath the wheel.

No dog is barking as I walk up unasked for.

Only the crunch of gravel meets my step as my eyes make contact with the clouds.

I line up the horizon in my viewfinder, press the square button that opens the shutter that gathers light and captures a moment as the streams of change flow steadily around it carrying only fragments of the photograph over time until this moment too is dissolved into the canyonlands of time.



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OR-CA: A West Coast Road Trip [Video]

I finally got around to putting together some of the footage from James and I’s road trip from Oregon to California, making me a little homesick for the West Coast… Hope you enjoy.

OR-CA from J. William Young on Vimeo.

A simple collection of shots we took on our two week road trip from Oregon to California and back again.

Major Stops:
-Freshwater Lagoon
-Sutro Baths
-LA Area
-SD Area
-Salton Sea
-Joshua Tree National Park
-Yosemite National Park

Music: "Black Water" by Timbre Timbre
Filmed by: Jon and James
Edited by: Jon

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On the coast of California — color film.

Because our road happened to pass through the famous haunts of one of my favorite writers, I found it fitting to quote him.

“What is the feeling when you’re driving away from people, and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? -it’s the too huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”     -Jack Kerouac

Also, much to my surprise I got freshly pressed again, so thanks WordPress person whose job it is to select freshly pressed posts, and a big hearty thanks to everyone taking the time to read and look.


Photos taken with my (Dad’s) Leica Mini-zoom and expired ISO 400 color film.

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Notes from the couch after the road.

Hello, road. Good to see you again.

It’s been a few months since I’ve strayed too far from home, so it’s good to be on the move again. I even managed to drag along my beloved friend/photographer (and not the other way around) James, who I’ve known since high school. He’s good. Damn good. So check out his blog if you haven’t already.

And so, after little planning and improper packing, we headed South taking the coastal road when we could and less gas-whorish freeways at night, crashing at random campgrounds and the homes of friends and family until we made it to our southernmost destination: San Diego.

Our way back North will be inland through Joshua Tree, Mojave and Yosemite where we will attempt to get our Ansel on.

But first,


The Northern Californian coastline is worth the winding drive.

James standing amongst the Redwoods.

Our first night of camping on the northern coast near Orick.

After making camp in the dark we awoke to this view of the lagoon.

Sutro Baths

The streets of San Francisco

James photographing off the roof of my truck in Pinnacles Monument Park.

James and Mark, another buddy from high school and college who now lives in LA and let us crash at his house.

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