Americans Parade is a parade of Americans. One after the other, from one community to the next, building up a picture of Americans in 2016, the year Donald Trump was elected, a year when America's division has never been more pronounced.
I have visited the US several times over the years and outside of the biggest cities there is very little pedestrian street life, leaving little reason to stop; I would only know of a place by its reputation, it was like the local community was invisible.
The parade allows the community to make itself visible, a neighborhood is suddenly alive, full of people, families, movement, and a sea of sound. In 2016, I decided to criss-cross the country looking for parades that covered many of the different American demographics. Throughout the year I visit 26 parades, in 24 cities across 14 states.
From huge crowds in NYC or Laredo, Texas, to small family groups in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, or Ripley, West Virginia.
From the very first parade, my visual approach was simple and deliberate. Moving alongside the parade I would follow the route, waiting for a clear view to photograph a section of the crowd on the other side.
I would look at the landscape and at groups that caught my attention, at fleeting moments, but I also embraced the generosity of the camera, its ability to record and freeze more than I can register.
The crowd gives the photograph that element of chance, to create itself. The details become all-important, creating a narrative full of complexities and ambiguities, like a series of modern-day tableaux.
Although much of America is segregated by race or income, and this difference is exploited as a means to polarise and divide, it is far too simple to define a community through this narrow identity.
What I have attempted to do is create a group portrait of multiple identities, where people stand together, in the company of strangers.
Charro Days Parade, Brownsville, Texas. 27/02/2016POS GG 244 01$4,000.00 St Patricks Day Parade, Peoria, Illinois, USA. 17/03/2016POS GG 244 02$2,500.00 July 4th Parade, Harrisburg, N. Carolina. 02/07/2016POS GG 244 03$2,500.00 Mermaid Parade, Coney Island, New York, USA. 18/06/2016POS GG 244 04$2,500.00 Marion County Country Ham Days, Pigasus Parade, Lebanon, Kentucky 24/09/2016POS GG 244 05$4,000.00 Mardi Gras Parade, Morgan City, Louisana, USA. 07/02/2016POS GG 244 06$2,500.00 Black History Month Parade, Baton Rouge, Louisana, USA. 13/02/2016POS GG 244 07$2,500.00 George Washington Day Parade, Ladero, Texas, USA 20/02/2016POS GG 244 08$2,500.00 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York City, New York, USA. 24/11/2016POS GG 244 09$2,500.00 Parade, New York City , New York, USA. 26/06/2016POS GG 244 10$2,500.00 Jesse James Festival Parade, Kearney, Missouri, USA 17/09/2016POS GG 244 11$2,500.00 George Washington Day Parade, Ladero, Texas, USA 20/02/2016POS GG 244 12$2,500.00 Mardi Gras Parade, Algiers, New Orleans, Louisana, USA. 06/02/2016POS GG 244 13$2,500.00 Mardi Gras Parade, Lake Charles, Lousiana, USA. 10/02/2016POS GG 244 14$2,500.00 Martin Luther King Day Parade, Los Angeles, California. 18/01/2016POS GG 244 15$4,000.00 Marion County Country Ham Days, Pigasus Parade, Lebanon, Kentucky 24/09/2016POS GG 244 16$2,500.00 Cranberry Festival Parade, Warrens, Wisconsin, USA. 25/09/2016POS GG 244 17$2,500.00 Rodeo Parade, Tucson, Arizona, 25/02/2016POS GG 244 18$2,500.00 Martin Luther King Parade, Long Beach, California, USA. 16/01/2016POS GG 244 19$2,500.00 July 4th Parade, Ripley, West Virginia, USA. 04/07/2016POS GG 244 20$2,500.00 Mardi Gras Parade, New Orleans, Lousiana, USA. 06/02/2016POS GG 244 21$2,500.00 Mardi Gras Parade, Algiers, New Orleans, Louisana, USA. 06/02/2016POS GG 244 22$2,500.00 George Washington Day Parade, Ladero, Texas, USA 20/02/2016POS GG 244 23$2,500.00 Cranberry Festival Parade, Warrens, Wisconsin, USA. 25/09/2016POS GG 244 24$2,500.00