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Photographer Takes “High-Fashion” Hiker Portraits Along The Pacific Crest Trail

By Sean Lewis on March 2nd 2019

High-fashion hiker trash. It’s a juxtaposition worthy of a second glance. It’s also the concept (somewhat) behind photographer Tommy Corey’s recent project, entitled “Hiker Trash Vogue.” During a months-long hike across the 2,653-mile Pacific Crest Trail, Corey met several hikers and photographed them in a series of fashion-inspired poses and looks. What started out as fair attempt at sarcasm and humor, however, soon turned into a beautiful record of human triumph and the connection between hikers as well as the environment they inhabit.

Corey shares how the project came to pass in the video below:

Getting To Know The Hikers-Turned-Models

While describing hikers as amazing people who laugh a lot, are tired, and are “hungry all the time,” Corey also notes the deep bonds that hikers develop along the trail. According to Corey, “We also become incredibly close and really well-connected.” One of the greatest feats of this project is how well Corey conveys his connection to the subjects through his imagery.

“Hiker Trash Vogue became this really beautiful way of expressing all of our inner beauty, that inner beauty that we sometimes don’t feel comfortable expressing in the real world.”


Tools Used On The Trail

Due to the demanding nature of the hike, Corey kept it simple when it came to the gear he used to capture these images: “I used a Canon 7D (find the Mark II here) with a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 on the trail. I carried three batteries at a time and would charge them when I would get into towns to ensure they would last along the next stretch!” To edit the photos along the way, Corey connected his DSLR to his iPhone, and he would make his edits during his downtime at night.

The Images

More About Tommy

You can find more of Tommy Corey’s work on his website as well as Instagram. Corey has also published this project, “Hiker Trash Vogue,” in book form, and it’s available through his website for $115.


All photos are displayed with permission from the photographer. Do not copy or distribute without direct consent from the photographer.

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Sean fell into photography while teaching for a non-profit. What started as a minor task – documenting guest speakers and classroom activities – grew into a major obsession, and eventually led to a position shooting with Lin & Jirsa. Nowadays, at SLR Lounge, Sean’s work as a marketing associate merges his interest in the fields of photography and education.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Photography Rogue

    Love it. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  2. Julie Boyd

    I love the concept behind this! Thanks for sharing Sean!

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    • Sean Lewis

      Hi Julie! I agree. Tommy has added a fun new twist to travel photos. He recently announced that he’s going to re-do part of his hike because he wasn’t really capturing these types of images, and he wants the hiker trash story to be complete. I’m looking forward to seeing those. 

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