"Intimate story about the journey of two through the US that goes beyond the confines of the road."
Hitchhike US is a photography book which narrates an intimate relationship between two close friends – Stanislav and H. She is his best friend who has been suffering from an eating disorder for over 15 years, and her journey to her imagined USA is not just a romantic holiday but rather a hopeless attempt to escape the clutches of her struggle.
Their personal journey took place far from their homeland, alongside their adventurous trip across the USA, inspired by cliché of American dream, Hollywood films or beat and hippie generation. They were hitchhiking, eating wild mushrooms and sleeping under the sky, gorging in McDonalds and occasionally sleeping in cheap motels. They met loads of weirdos and generous people who offered them a lift, food, money, shelter or even bed in their house.
Their journey resulted in the loss of illusions and preconceptions, but with the gain of cognition about not only the American society but also themselves. And the diary logged throughout the journey was afterwards rewritten into a number of poems which gives reader further context about their experience.
This book is (self)published by BFLMPSVZ Publishing, also establish by Stanislav.
Hitchhike US je kniha plná fotografií a několika básní, která vypráví intimní vztah k k blízkému člověku a která se odehrává daleko od domova na pozadí dobrodružné cesty po USA, kterou provází poznání i ztráta iluzí a předsudků o americké společnosti, ale i o nás samotných.
Stanislav a H. putovali s krosnou na zádech a palcem nahoru během horkého amerického léta. Stopem, autem a autobusem z New Yorku na středozápad, z Montany do Utahu a zase zpátky na východ. A Stanislav při tom fotografoval na starý Rolleiflex Standard a kinofilmové kamery.
photo and poems: Stanislav Briza
design and typography: Petr Mazoch
|165x215 mm|canvas hardcover with embossing
95 pages|108 photos|