First Time Voters, Election Night 2016
The American presidential campaign of 2016 culminated in a momentous, widely unanticipated result on Election Day, November 8, 2016. Covered by news outlets, not just in the US, but around the world, this election quite possibly will shape the culture of our nation and influence its perception as a world leader for quite a few decades. As I hope all Americans will become more involved in our election and voting process going forward, that night I spent time with a few men who most recently became US citizens and had a chance to participate for their very first time. To sit around a table with these men, and listen as they spoke freely and with tremendous knowledge of our political system, and American civics, I felt like everyone in America should have had the chance to sit with them on that night. Which, is why I made these portraits. While many of the country's motivations were guided by whichever political party they pledge themselves to, or by which ever candidate "said it like it is" or chose to "go higher," to me it sounded like these men were not only well informed, but rational and passionate - they knew what the stakes were this election year, and knew that America's next president won't only leave their mark on the next four years, but potentially the next 40, 50, or even 100 years.
Regardless of the outcome, these gentleman were proud to have earned their right to vote in their new country. And, I'm proud to call them my new countrymen.
For my full write up, please visit my blog entry from that night here.