New America is a documentary photography project that explores the political opinions of people during the 2016 Presidential Election.
In choosing subjects to photograph, I aimed to capture the thoughts of a wide range of people. These included people of different races and ethnicities, backgrounds, genders, sexualities, ages, disabilities and life experiences. Each subject was then asked the same set of questions and answered in their own words. It was important to me to try and leave out any personal bias during the questioning period.
In the end, I compiled the images and interviews into a book, a film and a website. The entire project, entitled, New America was displayed as part of the Self-Evident Truths photo exhibition.
The book, New America is a combination of photographs, interview questions and personal writing and anecdotes. I included 18 of the best interviews as well as over 50 photographs.
New America is bookended with two essays that I wrote describing the political climate in 2016 and the effect that bias has on our own thoughts and opinions.
The hardcover book is printed large at 13×11 on premium 140# matte finish uncoated paper.
To accompany of the release of New America, I created a short film that puts many of the interview quotes and photographs in motion. I used music, archival footage, multi-plane animation and kinetic type to bring New America to life.
The video was shown at the Self-Evident Truths photo exhibition.
The New America website is an interactive version of the book, allowing viewers to scroll through images and read interview responses. I intended the website to be a companion for the book and the film.
Self-Evident Truths is the title of a photography exhibition that took place in May of 2017. For two weeks, New America was on display with various other student photography projects.
I was part of a group tasked with branding the show. We decided on calling the show, Self-Evident Truths to reference our distaste with the rights-violations and inequality we bore witness to post election.
I designed the Self-Evident Truths to look as if the type was flowing on a waving flag or projected on the ground. It curls and covers itself and is rough and uneven.
Our photos and branding were utilized in posters and online at the Self-Evident Truths webpage. The site, which existed for the year displayed artist statements, sample images, show information and links to the individual photographs websites and social media.
Self-Evident Truths kicked off on May 11 with a reception and stayed in gallery for two weeks. I had a display of images on the wall and a projector booth to play the film.
As a companion to the show, I created booklets that were distributed to visitors. The booklets contained artist statements and sample images as well as our overarching theme for the show.
Self-Evident Truths was a great success and New America elicited a strong emotional response from viewers. Between the images, the book and the film, I was able to reach a large and engaged audience.
In the end, I hope that New America helps bring political awareness and sympathy to a new group of people and helps us all come to terms a divided election.