Photographer Traveling Cross-Country to Capture Diverse Portraits of Americans in All 50 States
Photographer John Mireles is on an impressive quest to shoot portraits of citizens in all 50 states of America. The ongoing project is titled Neighbors, and it aims to demonstrate the incredible diversity of the country by showcasing people from all different backgrounds in locales between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
So far, Mireles’ travels have taken him to the West Coast, where he visited six states—California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Utah—in 13 days. While there, he sought out people who “represent the spirit of the community,” whether that’s through their profession, location, or the groups of which they’re affiliated.
All of these striking portraits are taken against the same beige-colored background and present a straightforward view of the subject wearing their own attire. Sometimes, that’s work gear with a hard hat, flashy pieces like leather bodysuits, or casual dresses with flowing skirts. Regardless of the person, they each represent a small part of America’s giant melting pot.
Mireles recently began his trek along the East coast. Once he’s completed Neighbors, the images will be compiled into a book and the portraits will be exhibited in some of the original communities where their subjects reside.