“We’re similar in far more ways than we’re different. I’ve been to every state in the country, and wherever you go, there’s always people who are willing to open their doors and help out.”
Talk of walls and fences has many discouraged in this particular political moment; but for photographer John Raymond Mireles, fences provide an opportunity for connection, not division.
What began as a visual display of his own neighbors (on his own fence) in San Diego, California’s Barrio Logan neighborhood, Mireles’s “Neighbors Project” has grown into a portrait series that features 86 different Americans, from each of the 50 states, hung on fences around the country. Armed with a message of decency and humanity, Mireles embarked on a two-year journey that took him to every state and introduced him to hundreds of characters.