Child of the forest
PEOPLE: PAUL MENDELSON
It's not just the Great British countryside we celebrate at Queen and Country. Q&C's Paul Mendelson profiles his friend, American-based photographer and model Adam Waldo, who was raised in Mount Hood National Forest and whose love of the rural life has formed the basis of his creative life and alternative outlook on the world.
Photography // Scot London
Adam Waldo, 28, knows all too well about the countryside, having spent his early years in the forest in the foothills of Mount Hood, Corbett, Oregon. His family then moved to Alaska when he was four, before returning later back to Oregon to the home Adam describes as “part of the family; a unique treasure which my own dad built.”
Living rurally enabled many opportunities for the idyllic outdoor childhood. He says: “There were a handful of us kids, and we’d do typical stuff like build forts, imagining fallen trees were space ships – ‘nurse log’ we’d call it. We’d have cookouts and go camping down by the creek.”
His folks are still living in Portland and the family home remains important to him, a place he can return to and find solace and peace from his urban existence.
Adam is a photographer and also enjoys modelling. "I like to photograph anything," he says, "from nature to architecture, fashion, and any subjects which have an essence of passion and love in them."
Currently living in Capitol Hill, Seattle, Washington, he's bisexual and, sad news fellas, he's dating.
Talking about the appeal in living rurally, he says: "I enjoy the space more than anything. The trees are a real high point, quite literally. I love trees. The forests are nice to share with family and friends who visit. I tend to go from one day wanting to live in the centre of the city, and the next longing to be in the the middle of nowhere. It depends what mood I am in."
He enjoys living in the city, close to friends and having access to night-life and being among metropolitan crowds, but he admits that "sometimes distance is golden."
He adds: "I’m 6’5” so the city feels small. I need the great breadths and size of the forest to stomp around in like godzilla!"
Follow more of Adam's woodland adventures on his Instagram page: @hominisdei