What We Think Now

In 2004 and 2005, I traveled across California, where I was living at the time, asking people 30 and under to write their opinion on the War in Iraq.

Though I was interested in documenting what people thought about the war and the way war affects certain demographics differently, I was specifically interested in recording what people my own age had to say about the issue as the burden of war would rest heaviest upon us. Before I shot my first picture, I decided that my subjects would be 30 years old or younger. Although opinions about the war seemed to abound--on bumper stickers, television, and T-shirts--I wanted to create work which expressed the ideas of individuals, relying solely on their words. I also wanted their ideas to be incorporated in the image, so that persona and opinion were fused into one. In this way no one could question the veracity of the text.