"We Must Not Be Enemies."
I am making double portraits of friends and family members who don't see eye-to-eye on politics. Specifically, I am photographing pairs of politically opposed people doing things together they find meaningful, as well as interviewing them about their beliefs. Of particular interest to me are those who struggle to overcome their differences. I want to explore how they maintain their relationships; I am doing this because too many of us – including me, sometimes – see The Other Side as crazy, stupid, or evil.
If you're interested in participating in my project, please fill out this form. You can also see some of my previous work here and learn more about my somewhat unusual camera and process here.
You must take your mind off politics if you want to understand America. You must take up the lives of individuals and follow them out, as they play against each other in counterpoint. As soon as you do this you will not be able to determine where politics begins and where it stops. It is all politics: it is all social intercourse: it is all business. Any square foot of this soil will give you the whole fauna and flora of the land.
John Jay Chapman