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I’m calling it “Reintroducing America.” From 1935 to 1944, the US government-sponsored FSA program hired photographers and writers to "introduce America to Americans." Those photos today work as a time capsule of that era. While I do not fancy myself as being on the level of those famed photographers, I do feel the need to document this strange time. We are a divided nation—there is no arguing that—but as I've been traveling around and talking to people, I find that even when we have completely different points of view, we are still living through this crazy time together, and we always find some way to relate. I am one person and currently sponsored by no one, but I am going to do my best to document the many faces and stories that make up our country, one person at a time.
It may seem strange to start with a Cuban visiting his American-born son who's in the military in Omaha, Nebraska, but as someone who had an incredibly social, immigrant father who loved the USA more than most, Ruben's US flag bandana makes sense to me. I met Ruben walking around downtown Omaha, and we stopped and chatted. He is helping his son with childcare and puppy care right now (that is the puppy, Porche) as well as helping him train as a boxer. We spoke just briefly, but as I walked around, I ran into him again. He was chatting with other people, and had acquired a cigar in a nod to his Cuban identity. I could tell he was relishing the night and meeting as many people as possible.