For four years, American photographer Theron Humphrey traveled across the US with only his dog, Maddie, as a companion.
During all those years on the road, Humphrey started to realize that he was actually on the run. Running away from his youth, a time during which he suffered physical abuse. Subconsciously, the decision to get a dog was the first step toward his recovery. Maddie turned out to be a stable, trustworthy and constant companion that gave unconditional love—exactly what Humphrey needed to dare to live his life to the fullest again.
Maddie ultimately became the subject of one of Humphrey’s photo projects. On their travels, when he wasn’t working but did have his camera with him, Humphrey would take photos of her. It resulted in a series of funny photos, some of which appear rather staged: Maddie shown on the roof of a Volkswagen van, on a bicycle, in bed wrapped in a comforter, on a horse, on the kitchen counter, in the sink, or stretched out on the couch.
- Read the full story about Theron and Maddie in Issue 30.
- Follow the travel adventures of Theron and Maddie on Instagram.
Text Alice van Essen Photography Theron Humphrey @thiswildidea