Photo Essay: The Middle of Nowhere

“I felt very free and very far from all the daily life concerns.” In September 2017, photographer Tom Claisse ventured along the West Coast in search of nature and freedom. Along the way he met Elvis lookalikes at small-town bars, checked into motels on the border of Death Valley, and found peace on a swing in a desert town called Zzyzx. Here he shows Us the hidden, natural charm of California.

Photos: Tom Claisse

Model: Karina Rikun