The Americans I Met [ongoing project]
The Americans I Met is a photographic and oral history project that collects portraits of, and conversations with, people I encountered during a series of hitchhiking trips across the United States made over a period of two years. With only my camera, audio recorder, and a few provisions, I covered 41 states and over 16,000 miles. Throughout my travels, I embraced chance encounters and relied, every day and every night, on the hospitality of the people I met. As a result, and because of my status as a foreigner, I became an eye-witness to the practical and spiritual lives of many Americans, and a bearer of many confidences. This document focuses on the people I met on my travels, their words, their experiences, and, by extension, the ‘Trump era’ in which they live.