Todd Blubaugh takes us on the crocodile tracks.
“The cracks develop into a pattern resembling the back of a crocodile”
In thick pavements, these cracks most commonly initiate from the top in areas of high localized tensile stress resulting from varied loads, tire-pavement interaction and aging (even a simple spring freeze). Eventually, the longitude cracks connect forming many side-angle pieces that develop into a pattern resembling the back of an alligator or crocodile.
“Without the cracks there is less connection to the journey”
These cracked surfaces of two-lane asphalt are my favorite because in their condition I am more aware of my speed and the passing of time… Perhaps it is the surface that makes the distance relative – How fast am I moving relative to some other thing? Without the cracks there is less connection to the journey. And speed by itself is, in my opinion, crippled without a surface to empower it.
Todd Blubaugh was born and raised in McPherson, Kansas. His earliest interests were in art and motorbikes and since the age of 12, Todd has been pursuing these two passions. He currently works in film, writes, shoots, and pursues collaborations with his roommates at The Chun, a motorcycle warehouse and art space in Los Angeles. The free-spirit artist shares his passion for open roads through aspirational imagery and poetic travel notes that resonate with Serengeti’s DNA.