A few weeks ago, Sean Proctor and I launched the Instagram account @Goes_ever_on. The account is, and subsequent photos are, an interpretive vision of roads in life and the places they lead. For a week at a time, we're asking photographers to take over the account and share a glimpse of their journey- where we are now, where we're going. The idea for the account is less about photographing physical road trips and more about sharing the very real, often bumpy, often unpredictable path to which we pursue the photographic life. Curating the account is myself (@jtully), Sean (@seanproctor) and Ian Bates (@iancbates). Thanks for your support.
For the inaugural take-over, I happened to be traveling on a road trip with Libby March to Boston for a cousin's wedding, then on to Manhattan for a shoot. While in New England, we were fortunate to have a week to spend in New Hampshire visiting old friends and old stomping grounds. It takes leaving a place to appreciate all that place had to offer, a mindset I'm actively trying to change since relocating to the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Going back north reminded me that the North Country, that magical place in northern New Hampshire, is the closest place I've known to a permanent home. It will always be there. I was reminded that I am a floater, a traveler, a curious person who won't thrive by remaining completely still.
During the past couple years, I was fortunate to work for a newspaper. It offered a way to gain a level of credibility, gain experience, and meet some incredible people. But what I've learned in the last couple of months making pictures on my own is, I no longer have the conviction or urgency that an institution grants validation. There is nothing standing between myself and making a photo, telling a story, or coming up with an idea and pursuing it. So I've done just that every day since arriving to the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Here are a few photos for Goes Ever On, a small bit of my journey.