If my math is right, today marks the 236th anniversary of the United States’ declaration of independence.
I had intended to mark the occasion by taking portraits of 50 ordinary Americans going about their lives today. Like this guy, whom I met last year …
But when the temperature climbed to 100 degrees (38° Celsius) — which, with the humidity felt like 108 degrees (42° C) — my resolve quickly melted. “It’s better to do a project like this over the course of one year, not one day,” I rationalized.
So tune in on July 4 next year, when I will present the beautiful portraits of 50 ordinary Americans I have met on the street!
In the meantime, I offer this charming meditation from Google:
Why are Americans so … fat, lazy, stupid, ignorant, dumb, and stupid?
Because we’re stereotyped that way. Just as the Germans are stereotyped as cold, the French as arrogant, the Brits as stoic, and the Italians as sex-crazed Casanovas.
But here’s the truth: Regardless of our nationality, we are all human. Above all else, we all want to love — and to be loved. We want to express ourselves without the fear of retribution. We want our lives to have meaning and value. And we’re dependent on each other to make all of this happen.
I’ve discovered this first-hand through my travels. So it seems appropriate to post some photos of Germans who are caring, French who are warm, Brits who are sentimental, and Italians who are gentlemen. I’ll leave it up to you and your stereotypes to decide which is which.
Happy Interdependence Day!