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I left Wouter and the Netherlands on Tuesday, June 13th for Cologne, Germany. This wasn’t the initial plan until just a few days before. I’ve never been one for concrete travel arrangements. This may help give a picture of how loose my travel plans are […]

The Inherent Masterpiece

Since calling it quits on my summer’s drive, it seems my thoughts and emotions from the journey have slowly layered one upon the other, revealing an image now comprehensive in both its beauty and depth. These ink blot memories, churning in my head for months, have now transformed from abstractions to the perfected masterpiece in a crescendo of harmonic clarity […]

Pine Ridge Reservation

In 2012, National Geographic published an article on the Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation titled, “In the Shadow of Wounded Knee.” The article exposed me to unforgettable images of the Oglala Lakota people and how they live today. It was a positive article focusing on the strength and resilience of the Oglala community, but the abject poverty […]

From This Side of the Lens

Seventeen states down, thirty-three to go. I’ve clocked over five thousand miles on the highway and too many hours to count. Throughout my month on the road, I’ve tried my best to play the Instagram game and dish out regular posts. I like to think I’ve gotten better at stripping away the romanticized filter that accompanies the words and images I share […]

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Sojourn Studio is a creative project to document and showcase my travels from around the world. This site is a curated collection of my writings and photography, a visual travelogue, which I hope will intrigue and inspire others to sojourn abroad in search of their own adventures.

My name is Chris Hayden.

My name is Chris Hayden.

I make music, I write, and I photograph my memories from a world of adventure. I’m a sojourner and I’m back on the road for the summer of 2017.

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I'll be announcing my latest project around the Spring of 2018, and this is secret you don't want to miss! Sign-ups will get a sneak peek before the public launch, and I promise to keep any email updates to a minimum.