Photographer takes cross-country road trip headfirst

Claudine Zap
Claudine Zap

For a trip across the country, Alex Wein really put his head into it. The Oakland, Calif.-based artist had himself photographed on his three-week cross-country trip — upside down.

Wein told Yahoo! Travel in an email that he got the idea just as he was about to embark on the trip and saw his friend do a headstand in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

The 23-year-old hits a headstand everywhere from the breathtaking view of Marin, California, the awe-inspiring red rocks of Monument Valley, Utah, to the nation's Capitol building in Washington, D.C. The familiar spots are punctuated with the man doing a gravity-defying headstand.

He pulls off the balancing act in all sorts of unexpected places along the way: The trip started in San Francisco and ended in Baltimore. There are photos of Wein upside down in a skate park in Jacksonville, Fla., and on the white sands in Tularosa Basin, N.M. And a jetty in Portland, Ore.

"I find humor and absurdity to be inspiring and motivating," Wein said. "But I think that confidence is the key to making each photograph."

Although the trip was completed in 2012, Wein continues the project.

"I am still making headstand images; I don't know when or if I'll ever stop," the photographer said. "It would be ideal to perform one in every state. It's a playful series of images, and from the response I've received so far, it seems people are amused by the theatrics."