For the past five years, photographer Amy Stein spent hours at a time driving the freeways, looking for them — perched by the highway by their broken-down car, listless, stagnant, anxious…

“To me it’s a metaphor for what’s been happening across the country,” she says.

In exchange for staying even stiller for these gorgeous medium format portraits, the Stranded are offered the prepared services of the photographer… “water, food, a jumper cable, and a jack.”

Finding subjects is a matter of chance and every encounter is tense because of the unusual circumstances of our interaction and the inherent danger of the roadside environment.

Here’s Google Map of her travels, inspired by the Katrina Hurricane disaster.