Wild Open Roads is a series of selected works from photographer Zachary Spears, curated by chapters marking different parts of his life. Each piece was photographed on traditional black and white 35mm film.
Chapter 2: California
In 2016 my friend Sean and I embarked on a journey driving across the country from Lawrence, KS, to our home state of California. Traveling through Colorado, Julian, Moab and other scenic locations this trip was documented in 35mm black and white traditional photography. Originally produced for an art exhibition, the expanded selection is available here. I hope you enjoy this collection of work from a trip that helped define the person I am today.
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Wild Open Road
Poster image for Wild Open Roads project, this image was taken on the Road to Julian, California.
At the end of a tunnel through the Colorado landscape shines a bridge crossing over the stream.
Greeted by the lonely mountain during our trek across the state.
Graffiti and soda in the heart of Denver.
Pulpit Rock Summit
At the summit of Pulpit Rock, Sean dreads the way back down.
City in the landscape
In the beautiful Colorado landscape sits the town of Colorado Springs.
Highway White Water
Lining the highway through the Colorado mountains, a white water river sweeps this rafting group.
A postcard-esk photograph from roadside Colorado.
Road to the Golden State
It was not documented when along the route this photo was taken.
California at Last
The beach at Santa Monica felt like we had finally arrived at our destination.
Santa Monica Pier
The Ferris wheel standing out on a casual day at the famed Santa Monica Pier.
A talented musician sings an acoustic bluegrass ballad at the Santa Monica Pier.
The rollercoaster full of angsty teenage couples passes overhead.
A unique abode found near Little Japan in LA.
Road Trip Shotgun
Awaiting relatives for dinner, we climbed a tree shortly after this was taken.
A Rich Smile
Sean, excited to visit his uncle and tour the mansion.
Not a roof, a Japanese garden for the mansion.
The stairs remain in their protective casings.
The view overlooking Malibu for a multi-million dollar home under construction.
With only a few days to Comic-Con, San Diego was preparing for the rush of tourism.
The inquisitive bird seemed excited to be photographed, but not to be held.
An N scale miniature train and landscape.
We are here
The winding roads connecting the Cabrillo lighthouse and tide pools of Point Loma.
This is Point Loma
The view from from Point Loma, which cascades off of San Diego.
Walking to the tip of Point Loma from the notable Cabrillo Lighthouse.
An overview of the tide pools residing in Point Loma.
The jagged coastline of Point Loma.
Point Loma Pathway
An old dilapidated trail leading to the ocean.
The tide has begun to creep back in where I sit peacefully in the tide pool.
The Winding Road to Julian
The serpentine road through the desert on the route to the small tourist town of Julian.
Three Trees stand solid in the wake of a controlled burn.
Quiet in Julian
A usually bustling tourist town sleeps during the weekend, preparing for a hoard of shoppers.
The desert landmarks brush the Californian Sky.
A short break for the Coast Guard before continuing their rounds.
A professional photography crew attempts to capture the love of two individuals.
Children playing with the tides while the sun sets quietly.
Waves crash against the scattered rocks of Coronado.
River in the Valley
Slightly off the riverbed trail in Moab.
Please Note: Chapter 1: Lawrence is still under development, as not all rolls of film have been developed.
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