"We're overdue for a healing, we're way overdue but it's not just going to happen without all of us, we the people standing together, working together and gaining back jobs in this country, getting our infrastructure, that will get millions of jobs to people. That would be such a wonderful boost to the economy. We need that. We need that healing and that healing can come and I think it will come but it will only come if we have a strong decisive, not a divisive leader. We need someone who will boost America. Who will boost the people to be sure of themselves, to feeling proud of themselves, to being happy with their accomplishments, that's healing. When you become surer and happier within your own self, you're not only happier with your outside, you're even happier internally."
Toni Holt Kramer in Palm Beach, Florida
Wind turbines in the winter landscape of Blairsburg, Iowa on January 22, 2016. The state only trails behind Texas and California in installed wind power capacity, according to the Department of Energy.
Travis Ness, a drag performer in Des Moines, Iowa says, "I feel like all the candidates are just trying to make each other look bad in a more dramatic way this time. And more than usual, they're worrying about what's best for this country. But I feel like everyone's fighting and saying rude things about each other, and it's kind of childish... I just feel like that's not what we are going for. We're trying to find who's going to lead this country and who's going to make a better place to live, instead of who's the most popular one. It's like high school with old people. I think they're just forgetting what the meaning is.” Ness poses for a portrait on January 21, 2016 in his Des Moines home.
Nathalie Dupree, a Southern Cookbook Writer in Charleston, South Carolina poses in her home with husband, author Jack Bass, on February 20, 2016. Dupree says, politics makes me nervous because of “the propensity to elect orators who frequently turn out to be dictators, like Hitler, just because you were charismatic and an orator, doesn't mean that you are a good person…I think unchecked power is always bad for humanity”.
Rosie Bosch a stay at home mom and Cardiovascular Sonographer in Columbia, South Carolina poses with her twin boys Parker and Owen on February 19, 2016. Bosch says, “I just can't believe that some people would think it's okay not to let refugees in, in a time when they're trying to get away from everything that we hate. That is just absolutely inhumane to me and it's absurd to think that we are over there, trying to fight against what these people are doing and the ones that are most affected, we aren't giving them a safe haven.”
Julia Simpkins, a photographer with Army Chaplain Center and School, poses in her Lugoff, South Carolina home on February 19, 2016. When asked what makes her nervous about politics Simpkins says, “The falsehoods in politics make me anxious because I don't know if what I'm seeing is what is real. I'm extremely cynical. I don't trust any of them, even the ones I lean toward, in theory, I don't trust. Everything about politics makes me anxious because I never think that anyone has my best interest at heart. It's almost always a matter of the lesser of two evils.”
Ence Spann, a police officer, and military veteran poses in his police car outside his station in Sanford, Florida on March 8, 2016. Spann says, “Freedom just is not free, you know, it’s just not free. There is a price to be paid and there is a lot of people who have paid the ultimate price for that.”
(L) Engaged couple Lizabeth Molloy, a music teacher, and Keannette Perez, a graphic designer poses for a portrait in their Charleston, South Carolina apartment on February 17, 2016. When asked what their priorities for the next president were Molloy says, “I think helping out the middle class and lowers classes are important. Gay rights are important to me. I also want somebody who's not going to be so aggressive with an American agenda and the world. Why do we always have to stick our nose in everything?” and Perez says, “I would say my priorities are I want a president who's going to look out for me to ... I'm a woman, I'm gay, I have student loans, I want to retire one day. Those are things that are just very important to me. I'm a first generation, I'm an immigrant. Those are a lot of things that wouldn't be possible if someone presidents weren't cool with that stuff.”
Kim Latford, VP at ClearPop for Rapid Earache Relief and Yoga/Pilates instructor, poses in her Daytona Beach, Florida home on March 4, 2016. When asked about the state of our politics Latford says, “It has become entertainment. It has become media and clearly Trump is the most entertaining and that's why he's on top I feel, or I fear."
The Echo Theater seen on February 23, 2016, was once a white nationalism and neo-Nazi clothing store in Laurens, South Carolina called the Redneck Shop – the store closed after judge ruling in December 2011 giving ownership to Rev. David Kennedy. Echo Theater was formerly owned by Michael Burden, who himself was a Grand Dragon in the Ku Klux Klan but is now owned by Rev. David Kennedy, a black civil rights leader and Baptist pastor.
Kyle Morris, property manager at Target in Grantville, Georgia poses for a portrait on March 1, 2016. When asked if he thinks our country is due for a major healing Morris says, "We are due for a major healing, I think that would involve us being honest with ourselves, and realizing that the size of our government is getting out of control, and we need to get the power back into the people, instead of the government, the bureaucrats, the lobbyists and the big corporations."
Kathleen Steward, photojournalist, sailing instructor and a boat captain in Saint Augustine, Florida, poses outside her home on March 5, 2016. Steward says, “We're going to have some kind of civil war revolution. There's no way around it. We can't feed our kids. Nobody ever talks about this in the media.”
The white crosses seen on March 5, 2016 symbolize the number of deaths by abortion at Nombre de Dios a Spanish Catholic mission in St. Augustine, Florida.
Mary Kathleen Jelley Ellis, retired, poses for a portrait in Clayton, Georgia on February 29, 2016. When asked about the current state of our country Ellis says, “It's no longer for the people or by the people.”
(L) Stanley Ray Mitchell, retired process chemist poses with his wife, Cris, in their Deland, Florida home on March 6, 2016. When asked if he thinks our country is due for a major healing Mitchell says, “There will not be a healing in this country. We've become so segmented in this country, it can't happen. I just hope it doesn't end up to a situation of actual extreme violence between groups. But you're not going to see a healing in this country. Politicians will not allow it. It means they would have to get along.”
Lindsey Fera, an ER nurse in Exeter, New Hampshire poses in her bedroom on February 4, 2016. Fera says, “I think we've reached a crossroad. We need to leave so much of our past and what we've gone through behind. And then we need to move forward. We have huge gaping scars. I don't know that they've ever really healed.”
Lawn ornaments in Winterset, Iowa on Jan. 24, 2016. Deer thrive in the state of Iowa but in 1898 deer season was legally closed due to the population being near extinct and wasn’t opened again until 1953.
Laura Stewart, a college professor, poses in her Deland, Florida home on March 6, 2016. When asked if she thinks our country is due for a major healing Stewart says, “I think that we do need to heal. When I was in college I remember talking to my mom about Vietnam and I said, “You know we have to stop this, we have nuclear weapons, we could kill everybody.” And she said, “Ohhh, we said that in World War II, it never happens, everything will be alright.” Then I realized until that generation all died with their denial nothing is going to change and now I’m afraid some of my generation are so angry, I don’t know what’s going to change them. I guess we have to get to the kids.”
Charles Downie and Barbara Laverick, retired history teachers in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire poses for a portrait in their home on February 7, 2016. Downie says, “My philosophy is that I don't think we have to police the entire world. I do think we need to quit investing in the military complex. Sad to say that I feel that we have a lot of people who are making a lot of money keeping the world situation stirred up.” Laverick says, “There are people who have been frightened into believing that they are threatened by things that I don't view as any kind of a threat to them or to me. I would love for America to have a major healing. It is what I look for in somebody who can bring us together.”
NH-28 - Wolfeboro, New Hampshire on February 6, 2016. New Hampshire is known for its large expanses of wilderness and its tag line “Live Free or Die.”
Sara Woods Kender, herbalist in Gilmanton, New Hampshire poses in her kitchen on February 6, 2016. Kender says, “There's a lot of struggling people out there and we're not being represented by our government. There's only the very top-echelon, which is being represented by our government, and I think a lot of people are getting pretty sick of it”.
Dr. Austin Baeth, of Des Moines, Iowa says, “It’s through fear that people lose their humanity. Really, we would love everybody if we weren’t afraid of people who were different from us. Fear monger's natural tactic is to highlight fears or drawing people who are different from their electoral base.” Baeth poses on January 14, 2016 in his office.
Nelly Leilani Torres, 24-year-old actress in Miramar, Florida poses in her bedroom on March 12, 2016. When asked if she thinks our country needs a major healing Torres says, “I think America is healing already, but it’s about continuing that healing. Personally, I think the only way to continue that healing is to continue pushing equal opportunity efforts which will benefit the environment and not build walls between the United States and Mexico.”
A horse runs on a Blairsburg, Iowa farm on Jan 22, 2016. Iowa is named after the Ioway people, a Native American tribe that once populated the area.
Al “Hollywood” Meggett, owner and boxing instructor at Charleston Boxing Club in Charleston, South Carolina poses for a portrait on February 17, 2016. Hollywood says, “In order to change anything today, with the people, you must first start with the youth. Do like the farmer do. He plants a seed. That's how the farmer does it. So that's what we got to do with our youth, plant a seed. Plant a seed, meaning you got to make things possible to nourish these kids.”
Pat Thompson, of Des Moines, Iowa says, "I think that everybody would have a much better opportunity if we were not taking care of the rest of the world, and (with) all the illegals that are here (that are) encouraging more to come. We just need to say, 'It's our turn. It's America's turn to get back on their feet.' I'm very passionate about that.” Thompson poses in her Des Moines home on January 18, 2016.
Joe Lych, a farmer in Ames, Iowa poses for a portrait on January 19, 2016. When asked if politics makes him nervous Lych says, “It's been corrupted by capitalism and people that have concentrated wealth and have determined to keep it. It's pretty scary. It's more than anxious. It's terrifying if you think of the way it's raping our culture and our planet.”
(R) Marylou Gunderson and husband Bob pose in their Des Moines, Iowa retirement home apartment on January 20, 2016. Gunderson says, “I think politics is a good thing. It can certainly have negative aspects to it, but the back and forth and people talking is a good thing. It doesn't always work the way you want it to work.”
Mike Grabman a stay at home dad in Charleston, South Carolina poses with his daughter Virginia in their home on February 18, 2016. When asked about what he wants to see in our future president Grabman says, “We (the United States) always like to say that we're the biggest kid on the block, but sometimes that's not always true, and sometimes the biggest kid on the block doesn't need to always solve every problem. I think you just have to have measured responses.”
Political Remedy explores the idea of politics being a means for a country to heal itself. It aims to bring understanding, of voter’s cultural state influences and what they desire from the next president.