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Adam Smith  Published travel photographer, writer and overland adventurer/ prints&travel tales available at

My happy place.

Douglas County Fair, 2018.

I’ll admit that I have a bit of a hoarding problem, I have a tendency to try to keep the best parts of my life to myself. I don’t know why really, I guess I’m afraid that If I share them that they will be over and gone. One thing I’ve kept pretty close to my chest is the product of my experience with Roadlyfe. As soon as I felt the pangs of change, I basically stopped sharing anything that I had made in the last year of my travels. Now, I have an opportunity to share some of my experience with some of you. The things that I saw during my travels changed my entire perspective on happiness and humanity. The strength, fear, affection, and intelligence that I saw in the eyes of the wild animals I encountered made me question everything that I thought I knew about nature. I was washed with the intricacy and emotion of my experience in the wilderness. I hope to be able to share some of the things that I learn out there with you. Please join me next Friday (July 27th) at The Bourgeois Pig in Lawrence for the opening of my new photo show: Everything, all the time.


The incomparable Heidi Lynne Gluck photographed for an interview in @thepitchkc about the release of her new record. There’s a link in my bio if you’d like to give it a listen. #makeportraits

Me trying to figure out why I don’t have any pizza rn...

I would be lying if I said that I don’t often ask myself why the heck I would come back to Lawrence. Sure, it’s easy. Sure, Kansas has it’s own unique style of beauty (you folks really love your sunsets). Truthfully, It was far more difficult for me to transition back to a static life than I ever expected it would be. At times I felt broken, like I had wasted my time traveling if in the end I was in the same space that I began in. I now realize that I’m nowhere near the space that I started in, wherever I put my feet. My life is exactly what I want it to be, and at least for now, where I want it to be. I spent a long time exploring the beautiful depths of my solitude, I understand that my ability to be happy alone is a thing that I should exploit. It allows me to do things that a lot of people will never have the chance to experience. The reason that I came back to Lawrence was really simple, once I allowed myself the space to think about it. I’m here for all of you beautiful humans. I feel love in this place that I just can’t find anywhere else. I now spend my days exploring new friendships and experiences, somehow managing to romanticize this crazy fu*ked up heat with frequent lake trips, top notch snack experiences and stargazing. These humans in particular make my life better in ways that are hard to express. This powerful woman, who’s had so many reasons and opportunities over the years to cut me loose, but chose to believe in me and in return has become one of my deepest and most trusted friends/confidants. This beautiful man, who’s spirit and energy could lift buildings off of babies. The fact that they found each other is proof of real life magic. They make me feel happy, safe and calm. Their presence in my life in invaluable. Thank you for letting me take your photo yesterday, @csluxem & @sweetbabysam and don’t even get me started on that pupper. 💘

I do my best to celebrate the things that make America amazing every day. New experiences, humanity towards my fellow living creatures and exploration of this incredible country of ours. Don’t let anyone tell you that we aren’t all in this all together. Stand up and fight for our brothers and sisters of any culture or creed. Fight tooth and nail for the conservation of the unbelievable bounty of nature that truly makes America great. Fight capitalism and greed. Go the F*ck outside. ✨✌🏼✨

Happy Canada day! I wanna be a part of you. If anybody is looking for an anchor husband lmk😂. I took this shot last summer on the ice fields parkway up towards Jasper NP. It is truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. ✨🇨🇦✨

Join me today at the @lawrencelibrary for my talk, The art of unplugging. I’ll talk about my 1250 days living my dream in 48 square feet of off-road perfection. Taking a chance and pursuing a future that I never thought was available to me was the scariest, yet by far most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.

Someone plz buy me this.

Troy Moth, 2017.

Six months ago the thought of coming home seemed almost impossible to me. To make any changes to the way that I was living felt like flat-out failure. It’s taken me a few months to just remember how to breathe here. I convinced myself that my success was borne from my ability to be independent and exploratory.  I thought less about all the little things that I was learning about myself. I was only concerned with finding new places inside of me and in front of my eyes. Now, with clear eyes, it was and continues to be my single-minded mission to not allow myself to settle into the final version of myself. I put years of effort and near endless energy into stepping away from the image of myself that I’d spent my life subconsciously building. I wanted to see what was left when I took away all the smoke and mirrors. It doesn’t feel right to put so much effort into change if I’m not willing to continue taking steps to see what is next.
I’m starting to remember what it is that i’m doing here.

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