I came across this inspiring project today …
USA Revisited is a photo project aiming to shed light on a specific culture within modern day America, one that rarely finds its way to popular consciousness around the world.
Over the past century, the US has managed to export its culture to practically every corner of the world, including pop music, fast food, the on-the-go lifestyle, political ideals, its unique dialects of English and perceived necessity to understand them, among many other things.
Much of this, combined with foreign policy strategies over the past few decades, has contributed to a uniquely negative connotation of the American people in the world today.
This connotation often hints at an underlying arrogance, lack of interest in/care for foreign cultures and unhealthy way of living, associated with American culture.
While every country certainly has its positive and negative attributes, it seems that on an international level, much of what is exported and perceived abroad regarding the US, is predominantly negative.
As an American who has lived much of his adult life outside the US, I feel the need now, more than ever, to expose a side of this country that goes against these notions, not to imply that the above perceptions are not rooted in truth, but rather to balance them out with stories of inspirational Americans across the country, whose lives serve to encourage healthy communication between the US and the rest of the world.
To do this, I will embark on a month-long trip across the country this summer, capturing the stories of individuals and organizations alike.
USA Revisited is intended to be the first of several country portraits, with the hope of combatting stereotypes and highlighting a human will for peace, stability and world understanding.
Alphabet City, Manhattan, NYC
For more information, please check out the Kickstarter campaign for USA Revisited