Field Mag Editor's 5 Favorite Photo Essays of 2018

Gallery Mode

Author

FM Editors

Back to article
Fallback
Fallback

Field Mag Editor's 5 Favorite Photo Essays of 2018

Psychedelic film experiments shot off the coast of West Africa, B&W landscapes from Glacier National Park, and so much more in our personal top film picks

Field Mag Editor's 5 Favorite Photo Essays of 2018

Author

FM Editors

https://www.fieldmag.com/articles/best-film-photography-2018

It’s been another fruitful year for film photography, both at Field Mag HQ and elsewhere. Our community of photographers dedicated to the grain has only grown, and we look forward to another year of celebrating their analog efforts in the outdoor world. Until then, we’ll look back on our personal favorite photo essays published in 2018.

From the vivid film experiments of Spanish photographer Ren Rox shot in the Canary Islands and the stark B&W images of Montana’s legendary Going-to-the-Sun Road to our fourth annual section hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, this year offered no shortage of visual adventure inspiration.

Dig in below, and get hyped for 2019.

(PS - want to join our community and contribute? Here’s how)

Eric-Greene-AUS-Camp-1

5. Off-Grid Surf Tripping Along Australia’s Great Ocean Road

"For several days we explored indistinct trailheads and remote beaches at the ends of dirt roads, while frequenting tiny towns to find drinkable water and public showers. I surfed in the strangest places braving frigid, cold water beneath sun-scorching heat. We boiled coffee on the sand at sunrise, prepared dinner on the tailgate of the Cruiser at sundown. And we drove.

There’s an undeniable satisfaction in being out of service in a 30-year-old truck without the modern resources we’ve come to depend on."

Elias-Carlson-Glacier-BW-11

4. Capturing Montana's Legendary Landscape and Glacier National Parks’ Most Famous Road on Medium Format Film

“It's not a stretch to say that Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road is a masterpiece of engineering. Meticulously planned to be as unintrusive as possible when viewed from its higher sections, this winding mountain road offers a bang for your buck factor that's hard to surpass. “

Hiemstra-Hike-Rainier-hero

3. Trading City Life for a Week of Hiking, Camping, and Alpine Lake Swimming on the PCT

“We found some serious wilderness this year. It felt more remote than years past. And I for one welcomed it with open arms. After living in New York City for nearly a decade these moments have become increasingly valuable. To trade living among nearly nine million people for a few days of lakeside camping in a truly untouched landscape with no modern distractions nor noise—save for the occasional elk bugle—is an experience well worth the effort.”

REN-ROX-Lanzarote-Spain-11

2. In-Camera Film Experiments Create a World of Psychedelic Images Shot Off the Coast of West Africa

“My days were spent roaming about the island, with many a memorable drive going west to east with the sun behind. The roads float around hundreds of these young volcanoes, with sparse vegetation in the form of lone palm trees, gigantic cacti, and alien-like lichen that serve as visual reference in the vast nothingness. Like Mars. When the night falls, you can almost hear the stars.”

GH-Japanuary-2018-20

1. Japanuary In 10 Days: A Visual Exploration of Central Hokkaido, Home to the Best Snow of Earth

"Ski untouched waist-deep powder, eat ramen, sushi, and ice cream, visit 7-Eleven, drink cold beer and hot green tea from vending machines, soak in onsen, repeat."

Fallback
Related articles
What Is a Via Ferrata & the 6 Best Spots to Try it in the US
An Abridged Guide to the Via Ferrata & Where to Find a Course Near You

This fixed-route blend of rock climbing and hiking has origins in WWI and is experiencing a resurgence amongst adventurers of all ages

The 10 Best Campsites in California's Eastern Sierra Mountains
A Visual Guide to Camping in California's Eastern Sierra Mountains

A comprehensive guide to roughing it on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada—where to camp, hike, fish, and soak in hot springs this season

How Allmansright Makes Ultralight Hiking Equipment in New York City
Outdoor Gear Lab Allmansright Makes Ultralight Hiking Equipment in NYC

Meet the Dominican-born, Bronx-based designer and his Swedish partner diversifying and uniting the outdoors through the joys of UL hiking

How HiHeyHello Magazine Is Reshaping the Narrative of Women in the Outdoors
How Two Strangers Launched a Print Magazine to Celebrate Women in the Outdoors

A conversation with co-founders Sierra Domaille & Juhee Kim on a changing outdoors culture, running a magazine during a pandemic, and more

This Week's Best Articles, From Around the Web
The Best New Articles From Around the Web This Week

Greta arrives in NYC, CNN's clever climate solution quiz, Faroe Islands' running pastor, and more

American Media Inc. Shutters TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine
American Media Inc. Shutters TransWorld SNOWboarding After 30+ Years in Print

An era comes to an end following the storied title's February 2019 acquisition by the publisher of the National Enquirer

More articles
Fallback
Fallback