David Gardner

David Gardner's  Life on Wheels: The New American Nomads depicts Americans who have willfully traded traditional lifestyles of home and property for a nomadic existence of full-time life on the road in recreational vehicles.

Bill

Bill

"For much of any given year, I can be found traveling cross-county in my motorhome photographing the landscape. Over time, I have become aware of a certain group of fellow travelers who seem somehow different from the typical vacationer. Known as 'full-timers,' they are most often retired, but some do still work from their RV’s - using the advantage of mobility to increase flexibility and improve prospects. Full-timers are often found in out-of-the-way Bureau of Land Management campgrounds, stay in the same spot for extended periods and are acquainted with many other campers in a particular area. Living largely off the grid, they have embraced modern technologies when needed, such as Skype and WiFi to stay connected to loved ones. They employ advanced solar technologies and energy storage systems to power their rigs. Using GPS devices to coordinate meeting places, they tend to gather in unexpected and remote areas of the landscape all across the country."

Ralph and Patsy

Don and Dorothy

Trailer

Trailer

Roger

Tom, Rita, and Rosie

Ed and Carol

Ed and Carol

End Day

End Day

"Recently I have shifted my emphasis as the difficulty of isolating landscapes free of human intervention has increased. I not only include evidence of human impact, but also people in the context of the landscape now appear. I am looking more at how we use land and what we communicate through that use. In order to preserve what we have, I believe it is important to reveal what we are losing."