Steve Davis is a documentary portrait and landscape photographer based in the Pacific Northwest. His work has appeared in American Photo, Harper's, the New York Times Magazine, Russian Esquire, and is in many collections, including the...
Focus:Photographer, Photojournalist, Curator, Politics, Fine Art, Illustrator, Documentary, Multimedia, Photo Editor, Photography, Portraiture, Lifestyle, Art, Director of Photography, Social Media Editor, Visuals Editor, Editorial Page, Civil Rights and Social Inequality, Life, Assignments, Teacher
Covering:USA & Canada
Skills:Image Archiving, Digital Printing, Graphic Design, Photo Editing, Black & White Printing, Color Printing, Web Design, Curating, Art Direction, Exhibition Design
"I don't usually claim to be a hippie, though I hope others see it in me, because claiming it seems presumptuous, like claiming to be intelligent or enlightened. People might see me as a 21st century hippie because I care about the earth, animals, plants, people and social justice. I make important decisions primarily from my conscience rather than from my wallet, for convenience or for other reasons, and I try not to let others' opinions of me affect me too much."
For me being a hippie is about remembering my connection to the stream before me and beyond me. It's about knowing that in the greater scheme of things I belong; so the premium on fitting in isn't as important to me as is for some people. I am a 21st century hippie because I'm here for a reason, and that's just enough.
"I am a 21st century hippie, because there is nothing else that can describe me as well. I do my best to not let the world define, to continue asking questions and seek higher understanding. Humanity is shadowed by looming insecurity, and a distortion of ideals, this leaves us scared and perpetually alone. I try not to let fear stifle my opinion of this beautiful planet that has graciously hosted us (and in turn we infect her like a plague of locust). I try not to let fear mask my smile. Spread your love like butter and we'll all be golden."
I am a mother of two babies. I cloth diaper, breastfeed and we do attachment parenting. I try to be as environmentally cautious as I can be what with the resources we have today. If only I had a garden available, I would love to live off the land and grow my own produce, and raise poultry/eggs. I'm also a full time college student. In my free time I like to crochet. I'm a 21st century hippie because I strive to do my part in caring for the environment, and I try to use the most natural parenting methods available.
I think I am a 21st century hippie because I have successfully defied societal convention and norms in order to follow my dreams. I dedicate myself full time to my art whether that means I become homeless, whether that means I starve, whether that means I die.
I am a 21st century hippie because my idea of happiness is the fulfillment one gets through practicing love and compassion. I generate spiritual development through awareness of all of the creatures born to this earth and supporting people with disabilities. I am searching for adventure and willing to create a home for myself anywhere my heart takes me. I believe knowledge is attained through conscious experience of our lives and introspection into our motivations and intentions. So there is no better way to live free then letting go of control of our environment and being "like water".
I have a psychedelic spirituality, tan bare feet, long dreadlocked hair, have hitchhiked thousands and thousands of miles, chased the Dead when Jerry was still alive, dance under the stars at electronic music festivals, soak sky-clad in natural hot springs, live in my jeep wandering up and down the West Coast, and currently am camping at a communal village in Santa Cruz with a tribe of beautiful open-minded Free Spirits in Love with Life.
This work represents people who self-identify as 21st century hippies. This was my sole criterion for selecting subjects. Several people I met and photographed do not visually reveal themselves as counter-cultural hippies in any noticeable way. But all of them are able to articulate their connections to the lifestyle, philosophies, or actions of contemporary hippie culture. A group that is a joke to many, and an anachronism to even more, is continually finding new members, more than 45 years after the Summer of Love. -SD