What does your wandering look like?
My wandering looks like a lot of living out of my car, road trips, camping, and staying with friends and family. I have been houseless for over a year. This lifestyle that I have chosen for now allows me to connect and get outside, which is what I’m looking for. I like to go to rivers, climb trees, and put my feet on the earth. My wandering is centrally focused on being in nature, and moving around has inspired me to live closer to the elements.
Do you have a favorite place? If so where and why?
My favorite place is the Owens Valley, in California, where I was born and raised. For me, nowhere else that I have been in the U.S. compares in terms of wildness. The landscape is raw and expansive. The most free and inspired I ever felt was there. I have this memory of running through the desert with my camera and the wind blowing like crazy and my hair all tangled up. That day I felt like a wild horse.
What drives you? What does it mean to be a wandering woman?
The ultimate force that drives me is freedom. Being a wandering woman means that I allow myself to be a nomad, even if that lifestyle is looked at as irresponsible or unwise. It almost feels like the desire to wander is ancestral because it feels very natural. I just let that desire express itself and go where I am called.
What's the journey you haven't taken but need to take?
I would like know my heritage so I could visit the places of my ancestors and eat the food, learn the songs, and hear the stories. In many ways I feel displaced and disconnected from who I am and that’s because I don’t know where I’m from. Perhaps that is the real reason I have become a wandering woman.
Do you have a favorite book or song or film or piece of art about wandering, or another wanderer who speaks to your wanderer soul?
My favorite book about wandering is Jitterbug Perfume, by Tom Robbins. It’s a story about a woman and a man who learn how to escape death, and they travel the world for a thousand years. It’s the best.
Photography copyright Jasmine Amara, 2016.