Postcards From Americans: Texas-based project rounds up letters to the President

Postcards From Americans: Texas-based project rounds up letters to the President

Texas photojournalist Katie Hayes Luke mails the letters with a portrait of the writer to the White House. (Nexstar Photo/Wes Rapaport) GEORGETOWN, Texas (Nexstar) — Inside Katie Hayes Luke’s home 30 miles north of Austin, she lovingly edits photos from her travels. Her project, four years in the making, aims to bring a voice to important issues facing the country. The results— Postcards From Americans . Luke meets with people with different perspectives on a variety of topics and asks them a simple question: What would individual Americans say to the President? In turn, she makes a portrait of that person highlighting what that individual wrote about and mails the image with the letter to the White House, addressed to the President of the United States. “After the 2016 election, I really wanted to know, like, what people thought, and why they went to the voting box,” Luke, a professor at St. Edwards University, said. “What if I put the framework in to like write a letter to the President, and just to see, give people like a chance to say what they really thought and speak directly to him?” One of her goals is to present varying opinions on relevant subjects to portray people’s priorities. “I think it gets more towards people who want to be heard, and they feel like they’re not being heard currently in our political discussions,” Luke said. “I think that’s something that across the board, no matter what political ideology you have, is […]

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