Yan Kaczynski

Here are a few words about me.

I was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Since then, I've lived between Eastern and Western Canada as well as in Poland. Therefore, I lived in different environments, experiencing travels since my early childhood, and developing a love for the world. I also had the chance of inheriting a very powerful gift from my family, the love of nature, wild places and inspiring spaces.

Along the years, I met my own internal conflicts. I struggled to convince myself that it was possible for my life to be filled with different passions. One for creativity, beauty, arts, music and good design. One for wild places such as high mountains, old growth forests and wild winding rivers. After several road trips to the mountains, a few expeditions, and two different bachelor degrees (a BFA in studio arts and another one in graphic design), I finally came to realize, that combining lifestyles, work and different passions could actually be done. In fact, it was only logical. I even developed, in collaboration with Geneviève Locas, an adventure photography and accompaniment business that focus on inspiring and connecting people with nature. One image at a time. One story at a time.

Coursing Through America is very special to me. It's a way to combine what I love most, and to live it fully. It's everything that makes me complete: a project that involves spending a lot of time (the longer the expeditions are, the more you get something out of them) with amazing human beings and great wilderness. I also have a deep respect for real adventure. "Defined best as a journey from which you may not come back alive — and certainly not as the same person." (Yvon Chouinard)

Because of the nature of my work, it's a project that I'll be able to share and hence hopefully inspire others. Inspiring through the beauty that will surround us, but also showing there is a way to live both into and for nature. It only makes sense. In the end, we're all a part of it. I want to prove to myself and to others that it's possible to live a simple life.

"To simplify yields a richer result." (Yvon Chouinard)

So maybe I'll be able to share what is important for me, and what is truly important for all of us. The commitment to wilderness. It will be a part of me through this expedition, but it also has a part in each of us. Humans, animals, trees, mountains, streams and oceans. Wilderness is home.

I hope to capture moments, both difficult and beautiful ones. To be part of something inspiring. And to share the positivity that outdoors can give in ones life. Sharing the good vibes.