America America

 

 

From New York to Hawaii, 40 Americans interviewed and photographed, depicting the current paradoxical sides of America.

It is a glimpse of this nation's citizens, their complex relationships with political/cultural ties, and what's to come.

These portraits and interviews will highlight the strong ties between American citizens and the American election views in the 2016 presidential polls.

Instead of looking for specific answers, this work in progress aims to depict and narrate a part of this paradoxical America... a first step.

 

Amy: Denver-Colorado

      

 (…) As an American, I used to have a special feeling but I think that was mostly because I was taught an historical myth. If I had been taught more along the lines of Howard Zinn's America, I might not be so disappointed in all we are and are not now. I supported Bernie Sanders. The night of the election, I was with my political friends getting ready to celebrate the first woman president of the U.S.

Like my friend said to me "I felt like a kind of dense foggy blackness was crowding into my head." I did.
I do not at all expect this result. I thought Hillary would win in a landslide (she did win)
For America, for Americans, I don't really have any idea what this election will mean. Because I think America is now showing the true colours and will have to deal with its true nature, I am more intrigued than ever. I have little faith in our election system because of the role of money so I have not that much to lose emotionally and probably in any way... but I am a white person with lots of safety nets... lots of Americans don't and I think Mr Moneybags doesn't give a shit about any of them which they are about to find out…

Heather: Grantsville-Utah

I am a physics teacher, married and mother of five children. Being an American citizen mean opportunity: I have a child who is mentally disabled and she has received a wonderful education that I don’t think she would have in many other countries. My sons and daughters can have any career that they want, as long as they are willing to work for it. America also means privilege (…) I believe in our country’s Constitution and the rights it gives us as citizens… I voted for Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, who were the Libertarian ticket. 

I disagree with most of Donald Trump's ideas. I think we should encourage immigration, not deport them and build a stupid wall. I think Muslims should be left alone to worship how they want, as long as they are not hurting anyone, NOT being put on some registry that is just going to be used later to discriminate against them. I think Putin and Russia are one of the greatest dangers our country has ever faced. I do agree with him that we need to watch China. (They are getting much too aggressive in Asia). I think our military is sufficient, and our nuclear arsenal definitely is. We don’t need to build up either one, especially with how expensive that would be. I think Trump is very ignorant when it comes to science, so as a science teacher I worry greatly about that. I think the Democrats have gone too far with their handling of energy (renewable vs non-renewable), but Trump would see us go back to burning nothing but dirty coal, because it makes all the coal miners in the South vote for him. I agree that we need to “Make America great again”, but I think most every plan he has for how to make that happen is wrong.  

Ordinarily I don’t worry too much about what kind of damage a President can do. My life has not changed much over the last eight years, as much as I dislike Obama. But even though I have long voted Republican, I worry about them controlling the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court. No one party should control all that.  That’s why our Constitution set up a system of “checks and balances”, so that they could keep each other under control. I hope that Trump at least picks good advisors and Cabinet members so that at least the people under him have a clue…

 

 

 

Terrance: Omaha-Nebraska

I was born in Omaha 41 years ago (Nov 2016.) I do not have sibling. I went in college then, in a film school. I have a bachelor in film. I am a web developer, artist, electronic musician and pianist.

My father was an officer in a military; he was an accountant and my mother used to work in a health Assurance Company. 

In the aftermath of the Trump election it’s hard to say what being an American Citizen means to me. As a black-American, I'm worried about the immediate future. I thought it meant a good thing to be an American, we were moving forward… and we getting beyond racism (…)

Being an American right now it’s frightening… for me as an African-American in America (…) I hope policy doesn’t reflect some of the things he said. I am afraid some of his policies will reflect the racism. What happens over the next four to eight years could set us back for decades. Who will be elected to the Supreme Court is a huge concern, what will
happen to the affordable care act, climate change, social security, Medicare, and student loans…