Greg Hindy Vow of Silence: Photographer Silently Walks Across America

Monday, 12 May 2014 06:21 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Yale University graduate Greg Hindy is walking across the United States while adhering to a vow of silence and taking photographs on his large-format camera.

Originally a pre-med student, Hindy took a photography class and fell in love with that form of artistic expression.

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Hindy’s father, Carl Hindy, described his son’s journey as one of “mindfulness and meditation,” NBC Los Angeles reported. “It’s his reaction against all of the 24-hour news cycle and reign of fear, and all the things that we live with,” Carl Hindy said.

Hindy funded his project through Kickstarter and a Yale Chase Coggins Memorial Fund grant, and on July 9, 2013, he set out from New Hampshire with the intent of walking to Los Angeles.

In one of the notebooks he carries with him, Hindy wrote, “I am an artist inspired to photograph America, on foot. My silence is about self-control and meditation, listening and observation. No electronics, no entertainment, just walking, just appreciating the world as it is.”

Carl Hindy tracks his son’s progress based on his debit card swipes, according to Hindy’s website, and shares it on an online map and on Hindy’s Facebook page.

People on Facebook speculate on what Hindy’s first words will be once he reaches his goal.

"My husband said maybe like Forrest Gump, 'I'm tired I'm going home,'" one woman wrote.

Carl Hindy told NBC that his son typically purchases food from convenience stores. He did become ill at one time and collapsed, but someone found contact information and got ahold of his family.

On his website, Hindy said he hopes to better understand the endurance performance artists who have come before him.

“I hope to better understand myself and my relationship to my country,” he said. He plans to post a video of his experience.

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