At the very beginning of 2018 I started planning a personal project called "AMERICA" as a way to express my fear and anger about the uniquely American epidemic of gun violence, gun culture, and religious faith over action. Thirty days later the Parkland school shooting occurred and it left me angrier and more motivated to see a project come to fruition than ever before. I also couldn't help but immediately feel a shift in the national response and call to action. Thoughts and prayers are finally not enough and we're doing something about it.
The people of America, most notably and most fiercely the children of America, are fighting for change. Yet lawmakers and the lobbyists who influence them are still shockingly unmoved by the all too familiar events that needlessly take so many lives in this country. We need to do better.
As I progressed through this project I realized that these photos started to remind me more of political satire illustrations than traditional political photographs so I became more and more interested in using photography as illustration.
This project is still a work in progress but I believe what I've completed so far well represents my original intent for, and feelings behind, this project.