The Evidence of Touring

Words by and photography by Christopher Wroński

I think a lot of people can relate to a question I’ve asked myself repeatedly – what do you with all the photos and memories collected on a trip when it’s over? After a trip to South America in 2013, I thought I’d attempt to answer that question by doing something different with the various trip evidence gathered along the way. I’ve always documented my trips with photography, but this time took a more calculated approach. I chose medium format film to create a constraint and help limit the quantity of shots to ones that truly felt like they represented our experiences. I began gathering new kinds of evidence, from maps to ticket stubs and GPS coordinates with notes, to help me remember and tell better stories once the trip was over. While there was a definite desire to package it up in some way afterwards, I hadn’t defined a specific form until well after the trip was over.

With the help of my girlfriend, Toi Valentine, I settled on the medium and form factor of a printed magazine. Titled Evidence of Touring, it is not only a synthesis of a travel experience but has also ended up representing and more strongly defining the kinds of travel we’d like to do more of in the future.

The core of Evidence of Touring is that any articles or subject matter feature some kind of tour. A tour, as defined in the first issue, is a self-planned and self-directed journey, taking place over many days in a variety of places. Each issue is meant to combine photographs, maps, and short anecdotes to provide a more tangible view into our experiences—a canvas for the positives, negatives, and absolute wonders that come with adventure.

Issue one of Evidence of Touring features one tour, taking place in Chile and Argentina. The trip lasted 16 days but set an aggressive pace that left us with a superabundance of moments to react to. From walking the crowd-filled streets of Santiago at New Year’s to finding ourselves on a motorcycle utterly alone in the majestic Andes, the trip and its resulting evidence feature colorful and lively urban centers, lakes amongst dormant volcanoes, abandoned mines, both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and the closest you can get to uncharted in the Patagonian countryside short of the very South. Beyond just scenic vistas, the magazine also features some of the more real-world aspects of our trip and how we were able to get past things like breaking down in deeply rural Chile and losing all access to money in Buenos Aires.

Check out the issue and more recent travels at www.evidenceoftouring.com