A Pink FlamingoFur traders first laid bare the route of the Oregon Trail at the beginning of the 19th century. It was a journey, which took several months and began in East America and ended in Oregon in the West. Pioneers travelling west in hopes of obtaining free farmland and better living and health conditions frequented the trail. The gold rush began at about the same time, leading to over two thirds of the male settlers traveling on to California with the hope of finding gold nuggets and the wealth that comes with them. The history of the trail draws parallels with today's current finical climate and the search for optimistic dreams. These photographs were taken along the route and aim to capture a nation in transition, in wait of the greener grass to the West.
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