Here's what the text panel in the gallery reads:
Artist John Raymond Mireles is traveling to all 50 US states in his quest to visually compose a bridge between the racial, ideological, geographic and socioeconomic differences that divide our country. Using his Neighbors portrait series as his artistic vehicle, Mireles seeks to create an inclusive, expansive visual document of America through its people.
In 2017, Mireles visited Anchorage to document residents throughout the city, in the process taking 4,360 photographs of 529 individuals. By working with a diverse range of individuals, he creates a portrait of our national identity and reminds us of what it means to be a good neighbor—to help each other feel welcome, safe and recognized.
Mireles connects with his subjects up close and enlarges the resulting images to a larger-than-life scale. In this way, viewers are encouraged to intimately relate to and identify with the character of their fellow neighbors.