The modern American urbanite: someone who defines themselves by their social media presence, where consumerism is at the forefront of their everyday lives, where experiences are watched rather than felt. There’s an obvious problem with this picture, and Oregon-based “connoisseur joint manufacturers” High Breed Co. are doing something about it. They’re offering an escape from 21st century America by way of a feel-good festival out in the Alvord Desert in Harney County, located around the south-east corner of the state of Oregon. The intimate festival – that runs for a weekend – is a respite from your everyday, where you have the freedom to smoke as much as you want, drive as fast as you want, and unload your anger through the barrel of a gun just like Yosemite Sam often does – he knows what’s up.
Have all the wild fun you want, speeding at 100 miles an hour due to no road laws, empty clip after clip into the stars above you and smoke until you can’t feel your face anymore.
Akin to other festivals that started off in the same vein – most notably Burning Man – High Breed Co.’s version has less of an unspoken obligation to be as wild and outlandish as you want. The agenda here is to simply chill the fuck out. Have all the wild fun you want, speeding at 100 miles an hour due to no road laws – let alone roads themselves – empty clip after clip into the stars above you and smoke until you can’t feel your face anymore, but don’t if you don’t want to. The point here is to do what you want in a pure, unadulterated way. A true place of freedom.
Although the desert landscape is a harsh one, High Breed Co. has managed to find a suitable location where local hot springs are near by, offering another level of escapism from the dry, aridness of Alvord’s salt plains. With “spiritual awareness” being the goal for many that attend the festival, you can only image the scene being a complete trip, both literally and… literally. Thanks to photographers Will Corwin and Heather Hirdes, we get an artistic glimpse at what goes on during the festival, and by the looks of things, we’re hoping you’ll see us included in the next edition’s photo series.