One day, photographer Andrew Waits’ uncle and aunt left everything, bought an RV and went out to live on the road. Four years has gone by and they haven’t looked back even once.
Intrigued by the reason they left everything in favor of an unconventional life, Waits sought out and photographed people in his hometown Seattle and later along the West Coast who had left everything and made their vehicle – compact cars, trucks, vans and RVs – their home. He named this project “Boondock”.
Here are some of the photographs and stories captured by Waits.
Boondock – People Living Out of Their RVs
When Waits went out to find people living out of their RVs, he found a diverse group of people that were part of the same community. There are people who had lost everything and had no other choice but to move in their RV. There are preachers who travel around the country to preach. There are adventurers who journey around the country seeking thrill and excitement.
After meeting with the locals for months, Waits set out beyond his hometown to meet more people.
He met people who had no other choice but to go on the road.
He met Bob, who could not walk for 3 months because a BMW ran over his foot while he was crossing the road. As a result, he lost his job, sold everything he had to pay his bills and bought a van to live in.
Waits also met people who were on the road for individuality or spiritual freedom. Nick, Juan and Jude had been traveling together for 40 years for that purpose.
He met a Californian man, who calls himself “Gizmo Joe”. He is so called because he is constantly spending his money on machines he likes to build from the parts of other machines.