You may remember back earlier this year when we revealed the Travels with Quigley illustrative logo created for Briana Moore to brand the road trip that she is embarking on this fall. Briana is heading out to follow the travels from John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley (a highly recommended read) on Oct 1st. Her journey will continue on for three months while she navigates America in a campervan during a pivotal election year, just as Steinbeck did. Throughout her time, she will be creating imagery and essays comparing and contrasting his experience and observations with contemporary America. In the end, this work will include prints, a book, and—if all goes to plan—an exhibit.
I know from working closely with Briana on her logo just how deeply this trip, and travel in general, sits in her soul. It's a beautiful thing to be able to hear so much passion in her voice and see the excitement in her mannerisms (and Quigley's as well) as she talks through the project. It is true when she says that hopping in her campervan to take on this experience combines everything she is passionate about—photography, literature, travel, sociology, and community engagement. And as its hinted at in the title and above, riding along in the passenger seat will be her furry friend, Quigley. One of the cutest pups you'll ever see. If that isn't enough to get your heart attached this project, I don't know what is!
Together they will travel through 31 states, 14 National Parks, and 11 of America's most diverse and iconic cities. She will be taking her time in each to meet with local people—and this is where she's inviting people in for the journey! Along the way she'll be conducting interviews and portrait sessions—so be sure to check out her route to give her shout if she is coming your way.
Being such a fan of Steinbeck's work, and particularly Travels with Charley, Briana made the connections of how America isn't fighting much different of a fight today as it was back then. Steinbeck took his journey through the States because he felt like he didn't know his own country anymore and Briana is now connecting with just that. This trip will allow her to reconnect and take a deeper look into the hearts and minds of Americans today. Traveling across American, she hopes to reveal just how much we still need each other. I couldn't think of a more beautiful path to want to embark on today as we so much confusion and chaos happening in America.
I am honored to have been a part of this project with Briana and am so proud and excited for her to be jumping into this full force. When you see someone really chasing after their passions and looking to transform our world, you can't help but want to help out in any way possible.
Currently, Briana is looking for fellow passionate people to understand her journey and get behind it on kickstarter. You can hop over to back her project this month to help send her off on her way and follow along with her and Quigley's progress on instagram. We can't wait to see where Briana takes us all!