Over the past several years, and in particular since the election of the 45th President of the United States of America, I have been increasingly compelled to revisit the idea of what it means to be American.
As America enters the month of November–not only has it been a year since the new president began his term, but state elections are occurring as well as the national holiday of Thanksgiving.
With these significant milestones and events marked by November, I thought it appropriate and timely to launch my new project, #AllAmerican Portraits. My hope is that this project will prompt and inspire all of us to explore and examine the ever-evolving concept of what it means to be “American.”
This is an ongoing project that will feature photographed portraits of people living in America of various backgrounds and ages accompanied by each person’s answer to the questions, “What does it mean to be American?” and “What makes America great?”
The goal of this project is to showcase the unique individual lives that make up the nation of America, with the hope of demonstrating the diversity and complexity of what it means to be American, and ultimately, emphasizing our shared humanity.
With increasing division over race, religion, and politics in America, I hope to highlight that to be American is so much more–and that no matter our race, religion, sexual identification, wealth, or politics, we are all a part of this country. We are #AllAmerican, and we all make America great.