On a quiet evening in April, 2013, Bend, Oregon-based photographer Jonathan Kingston stands at the summit of the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station in Big Island, Hawaii. As one of the highest mountain peaks in the world, the dormant Mauna Kea, also known as the White Mountain, provides an arresting view of the starry sky, unobscured by the cloud cover that shrouds observatories at lower altitudes.
Karina and Tex, from Canada and Las Vegas – a couple who met on the road, cuddle one early morning in a park where they camped out for the night. Karina had been traveling for an extended period across Canada then into the US and was continuing on toward Mexico and South America.
Cliff, from Michigan shaves his head near the bay. Cliff was in the military and now lives in San Diego out of his RV.
Randall, from Texas – rests on the boardwalk wall with his lizard. He began his road journey a few months earlier by hitchhiking into a Midwestern blizzard.
For California Winter, Los Angeles-based photographer John Francis Peters enters the ephemeral community of drifters flocking to sunny San Diego in winter, documenting the temporary homes they erect along the oceanfront parks. Throughout the cold, snowy months from November to March, the waves beckon to carloads of spiritual travelers, runaway kids, and enduring nomads, all of whom have shed the confines of a traditional home life for the freedom of the open road.