Hello Mr. Magazine - - WANDERINGS - text by Jonathan Ran­dall Grant pho­tos by Michael New­sted

Michael and I have been friends for three years. That was his idea. I was in­stantly smit­ten, as though I had just dis­cov­ered my soul mate. His ver­sion was slightly dif­fer­ent. We were im­me­di­ate friends, but in time I dis­cov­ered that we had dif­fer­ent hopes for our re­la­tion­ship. It has not been an easy process to com­mu­ni­cate our ex­pec­ta­tions and nav­i­gate around the bound­aries. At times it can be awk­ward, but I love it for what it is.

There is no guide-book to this sort of thing we have. Each day we learn from scratch how to be friends. Each time we hang out we are able to be a lit­tle more trans­par­ent, able to share more se­crets, able to trust in deeper ways. This sum­mer he told me about his first kiss, and I shared my fear of com­mit­ment. We talked about th­ese things as we drove down a dirt road at mid­night.

We are both wildly ad­ven­tur­ous. We are both a

bit scat­tered, and full of dreams, of­ten stay­ing up into the night, plot­ting trips and plan­ning our fu­tures. “New York City? Can we get there on $60?” Re­search fol­lows, and then we de­cide to just go for a hike or set off on another road trip. Nei­ther of us stops work­ing, even in play. I’m a blog­ger and stylist, Michael a pho­tog­ra­pher. This sum­mer he cap­tured our trip to North­ern Michi­gan with Po­laroid film. Our third sum­mer in a row spent sail­ing, skinny-dip­ping, pic­nick­ing, wan­der­ing.

I don’t have many friend­ships like this one. This is new ter­ri­tory for me. To­gether Michael and I are learn­ing one another at the same time we are learn­ing our­selves. And through the process, through the wan­der­ings, and the long­ings, and the mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tions, we can sense this thing we’re build­ing is one that’s built to last.

Jonathan is a stylist / fash­ion blog­ger wan­der­ing the globe. He loves good books, ad­ven­ture, and French New Wave Films. Fol­low him @cul­trkpr. www.cul­ture-keeper.com

Be­sides rock­ing a cam­era, Michael is the bassist for The Soil and The Sun. He is proud to be a Michi­gan mu­si­cian. Fol­low him @michael­new­sted. www.michael­new­sted.com www.the­soi­landthe­sun.com

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