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Old 06-19-17, 10:11 AM
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Around the USA - doc photography expedition

Hey, guys!

I'll try to keep it short here

I'm an independent documentary photographer and photojournalist. I've finally made it to US and soon I'm starting a bicycle documentary photography expedition around the country - Diffelarities. I've spent almost 3 weeks in Washington, DC waiting for documents/gear/bike, and soon I'm good to go.

For more than 10 years I've been traveling around Russia documenting life of ordinary people in cities, small towns and villages, and now I'm going to cycle around the US to seek similarities and differences between the two countries through documentary photography.

I've made a number of expeditions in Russia as a part of a team and on my own, but this is going to be the first one made on a bike. You can learn more about the project, about me and to see some of my work here: diffelarities.com and alexanderaksakov.com.

On the way I'm going to visit as many American towns and cities as possible to document the lives of the people. So, I would like to ask you guys for some help: I will need advice/places to stay/locals-who-know-the-place on my way. I'm interested in almost everything connected to people's lives: interesting persons, events, parties, customs, habits, professions, weddings, cuisine, etc. In a word, I'd like to photograph everything connected to human nature - you name it. I don't know much about the country, and I don't have friends on my way, so any kind of help is appreciated. If you have a yard where I can set up a tent for a couple of days, if you know interesting people in your city/town, if you would like to show me some places, if you just want to meet and talk or if you have any questions, please, give me shout - diffelarities AT gmail.com or text me a message. (you can find phone# and the approximate route here: DIFFELARITIES)

Thanks for your attention. Peace!

Here some links to my accounts:
You can follow the journey here (diary and documentary photographs): https://www.instagram.com/diffelarities/
And here's my warmshowers account: https://www.warmshowers.org/user/146838

PS: Oh, if you by any chance have a job for me on the way - that would be awesome, too! I can photograph, design, can work as a loader/dishwasher/waiter/cleaner/whoeverelse This could help me to raise money to continue the trip. I'm a legal permanent resident with all the documents.

PPS: I'm not a communist and I didn't vote for Putin!

PPPS: Please, contact me via email/phone, cause I might not be able to reply here fast.

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Old 06-19-17, 11:57 AM
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Why would you ride all the way to the West coast, only to ride inland? I think your expert route planner leaves something to be desired.
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Old 06-19-17, 12:05 PM
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alan_s, as I've said this is an approx route, so maybe I will travel along the coastline. we'll see how it's gonna go. though, my interests on the first place are not tourist places or sea-sights, but places/towns/cities which are not visited by a lot of people. that's how I used to travel in Russia - visiting rural/remote places to tell stories of people who live there. anyways, the route can be changed depending on circumstances/conditions.
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Old 06-19-17, 12:19 PM
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I would suggest against taking paid work, at least publicly, if your visa does not allow it these days. Good way to find your trip coming to an end in a hurry if caught. Also, it seems you are heading south first, then north. I don't know your overall timing plans, but do consider the winters (and hot summers in the Southwest), riding through the desert in August or the Rockies in January may not be the easiest thing to do.

Other than that, PM me when you're getting close to Detroit, and I'll show you around the bars, or the ballpark, or whatever else is going on at that time!
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Old 06-19-17, 12:23 PM
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Hey, mate! Thanks for the advice! I will definitely let you know when I'm in Detroit!

About the job - I'm a legal permanent resident with all the documents, so I can totally work legally in the USA

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I would suggest against taking paid work, at least publicly, if your visa does not allow it these days. Good way to find your trip coming to an end in a hurry if caught. Also, it seems you are heading south first, then north. I don't know your overall timing plans, but do consider the winters (and hot summers in the Southwest), riding through the desert in August or the Rockies in January may not be the easiest thing to do.

Other than that, PM me when you're getting close to Detroit, and I'll show you around the bars, or the ballpark, or whatever else is going on at that time!
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Also, your route leaves off two small, but important states. Rhode Island and Delaware are two of the thirteen original colonies, and have lots of history and places of interest. While you are in DC, take a ride to Mount Vernon, which was the home of our first president, which city you are in bears his name.
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Thanks man!
Will keep it in mind and try to visit those two!

I'll definitely visit Mnt Vernon! Although, I cycled a part of MV trail, and Curtis trail, and Xing Road yesterday, but it was the opposite direction. I will visit the Mount this week.

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Also, your route leaves off two small, but important states. Rhode Island and Delaware are two of the thirteen original colonies, and have lots of history and places of interest. While you are in DC, take a ride to Mount Vernon, which was the home of our first president, which city you are in bears his name.
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Thanks man!
Will keep it in mind and try to visit those two!

I'll definitely visit Mnt Vernon! Although, I cycled a part of MV trail, and Curtis trail, and Xing Road yesterday, but it was the opposite direction. I will visit the Mount this week.
Mount Vernon is well worth the admission fee. Make sure you bring a lock, because you cannot bring your bike in. Also you should take a ride at least out as far as Great Falls on the C&O Towpath. The side path out to the falls proper is currently blocked, but the ride itself is very nice, and there is plenty to see besides the falls.
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