It’s the story of a guy who made a complete U turn in life. A guy who decided not to take the motorway, preferring to stick to the smaller tracks and roads. A group of blokes talk about it, a rare breed, and rarer still are those who do it well with annoying skill and success.
The story of this guy is touching, like the setting of the sun over Oregon. Foster, a disillusioned dropout from a university in Maine, which he never really wanted to go to. He overcame his problems by releasing ‘A Restless Transplant’, a blog which was quickly spotted by Ralph Lauren who then offered him a job in New-York.
Too much time spent behind a desk bored him to death, and inspired him to work on a personal project, The Burning House. This materialist-minimalist photo blog inspired by Wabi-sabiste (!) is drawing attention from a publisher who has offered to make a book out of it.
Foster saved the advance payment and spent it immediately on a van (a VW Synchro), quit his job and hit the road, creating the famous #vanlife and released ‘Home Is Where You Park It’, a book which sells like hotcakes.
He finally let his engine rest to take the time to build his hous and his office in the trees, on the edge of the Columbia River Gorge. And to document the adventure in ‘The Cinder Cone’, then publish it of course!
Foster Huntington’s #vanlife has allowed him to build up his own life philosophy, centred around the important things to this happiness.
‘I’d love to get people to think they don’t need a ton of shit to be happy and maybe see how rewarding living and traveling in a van can be. I think living, or at least spending some time, in a van is such a good way to get out and see the world‘.
Home Is Where You Park It compiles photos of vans parked across the road with people’s anecdotes who get about by van or live in their van.