These photographs were taken through the window of an MTA bus, making its rounds in one of New York City’s more expansive boroughs. Attracted by the prospects of confronting the complexity of the United States, which was about to be reshaped by a historic election, we had moved to Brooklyn from Italy in 2007, on the eve of a dramatic and traumatic transition in American political culture. Living in Brooklyn, feeling its special energy, and experiencing its complexity was an ideal way for us to try to better understand America in this unique time. Not owning a car, nor wanting one, we quickly discovered that the bus was a perfect way to get around and to see what was going on in the streets. The bus carries a special quality of truth, which makes each ride an intimate experience, different from what is experienced on trains or the subway. We were intrigued by the diversity, the vibrant atmospheres, the roughness, and the bittersweetness of what we witnessed.
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