Sound familiar? It’s a modified version of the above tag line, but that’s not the point.
It’s about a Portland transplant living in L.A.
Scott G. Toepfer, is an emerging editorial and documentary photographer with a love of motorcycles and adventure. His posse is setting out across the Western U.S., to re-imagine the stories of previous generations, to experience the spaces between here and there, and to see what becomes of them on the road. No escort vehicles. Basically a couple $20 bills and a change of t-shirts. More importantly he plans to photograph the entire process and its through his Red Letter Images company where he intends to release a documentary (still-photo) film that tells the story of their adventures.
Scott describes the documentary as:
“This project is a “visionary journey.” There is something very visceral to the riding of a motorcycle for long distances. You are naked to the elements, forced to listen only to your own thoughts as the engine becomes white with the background. The road is beneath you and you are one with the world that surrounds you. The elements in your face remove you from your daily comforts, and you become alone within the group. The most important reflections in your life can happen here, and at the end of the day it is the group that will bring us to face the next”.
Most of us are on that “gainfully” employed treadmill — motoring along the track. But, it’s one that discourages a seemingly outlandish and extremely open-ended adventure across this country. It’s refreshing to know that there are people who can capture and share the essence of how “it’s better in the wind” and this is one film I’m looking forward to its release!
UPDATE: October 1, 2012 – Mr. Toepfer finally aggregated the content he captured from their rides over the last two years and release the short film (HERE – 17 min).
Poster photo courtesy of Scott G. Toepfer.