Behind the lenses of Joel Pearish and Eric Jennings
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Heading back east.... Joel
Hello everyone! This is joel coming to you from South Dakota. I never thought I'd say this but I am so happy to see some flat ground and a nice boring drive. These last few stretches through the mountains have been pretty ruff and stressful. Our last mountain pass was 12,000 feet above sea level and man was it snowing hard, and it's certainly not easy climbing that high in a car that weighs as much as mine does. While we were sitting in traffic in the pass we noticed they had closed it off and we had just barely made the cut off. I also had caught word from my friend Laura who lives near Vail Colorado that just behind us in the same pass was a 20 car pile up. CRAZY!! So I'm going to give a shout out to Nebraska here and say what a relief it was to see you. All is well and we are safe in South Dakota. I'm excited to reach Chicago hopefully by the weekend. We are heading east now for De Moines Iowa. Then it's up north to Minnesota. Keep on following as we get closer to home for a pick me up then it's off to the east coast.
Close friend and fellow photographer, Eric Jennings, and I created the blog, Wake Up It’s Your Turn to Drive, during a photography assignment in 2010. Eric and I were hired by Inire Inc., a multimedia company out of Seoul, South Korea to document and photograph every Korean War Memorial in the United States and Canada. 2010 marked the 60th year anniversary of the Korean War and to show their appreciation to all who came to their aid, South Korea released a 3 book series of photographs documenting Korean War Memorials in allied countries around the world. The book is simply titled Korean War Memorials in Pictures.
The original purpose of this blog was to show the world a passenger seat view of the work we were doing and also our experiences as we traveled throughout North America. Eric and I were truly blessed to have been given such an amazing assignment. It was an eye opening experience for two burgeoning photographers. Wake Up It’s Your Turn to Drive is a blog about our adventures but also about our development in the profession of photography.