"We Must Not Be Enemies."
I am making double portraits of friends and family members who vote differently. Specifically, I am photographing pairs of politically-opposed people doing things together they find meaningful and enjoyable, as well as interviewing them about their beliefs. I am doing this because too many of us – including, sometimes, me – see The Other Side as crazy, stupid, or evil.
You can see some of my previous work here, and you can learn more about my somewhat unusual camera 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