Stranger is an exploration of student pilgrimage in relation to travel and study. The ambition is to frame the traveler in space to show both how space is scaled and how space is used.
The series documents the rituals of a student voyage, which are surprisingly parallel in nature to the rites of a traditional religious pilgrimage. See: pil▪grim: a person who traverses a long distance on a journey of exalted purpose or moral significance. In place of worship, the youth adhere to a routine of study, observation, and meditation.
The concept of traveling—and the inherent strangeness of foreign soil—provides the basis for photographic exploration. Inspired in part by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, the photographs attempt to convey the outlandishness Kerouac described:
“I woke up as the sun was reddening; and that was the one distinct time in my life, the strangest moment of all, when I didn’t know who I was—I was far away from home, haunted and tired with travel, in a cheap hotel room I’d never seen, hearing the hiss of steam outside, and the creak of the old wood of the hotel, and the footsteps upstairs, and all the sad sounds, and I looked at the cracked high ceiling and really didn’t know who I was for about fifteen strange seconds. I wasn’t scared; I was just somebody else, some stranger, and my whole life was a haunted life, the life of a ghost.”