Dreamcatchers, cowboy hats, flannel shirts and nostalgia are all present in Theo Gosselin’s vagabondish journey through forgotten and mystical America. In 2012, this young photographer took a road trip from Harlem to Venice beach and truly captured the essence of free spirits running wild.
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For 19-year-old Guatemala City communications student Joselyn Orellana (@soulayers), photography is about discovery. Joselyn frequently escapes her urban life and hits the road, seeking inspiration in the vast nature that her country has to offer. “I feel at home when I’m out in the wild, because no one is there to bother you,” she says. “It’s just you, your camera and all the beauty.”
Walking around the highlands of Quetzaltenango is a favorite getaway. “It is a beautiful valley surrounded by volcanoes and mountainous areas with fruit orchards,” she says. Another favorite spot is Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, near the city of Huehuetenango, where Joselyn has shot photos of abandoned cabins. Though the area is sometimes freezing cold, she says, “The breeze reminds me that I am alive.”
Joselyn often finds herself becoming one with the photographic backdrop. “I connect myself with nature, forgetting everything else and becoming part of the place,” she says. Joselyn describes her photographs as a reflection of her evolving self: “They represent who I am and how I see the world.”