Gen Z Photographers Capture the Joy and Anxiety of First-Time Voters
Photographers and first-time voters are sparking conversations about the importance of voting via portraits of their friends, all of whom are also casting ballots for the first time….
Quannah ChasingHorse Potts, Fairbanks, Alaska
“I am so excited to cast my ballot for the first time and have my Indigenous vote counted,” says the 18-year-old photographer and Han Gwich’in and Oglala Lakota tribe member, adding, “It’s critical that we all vote! Our future depends on us voting for equal justice, climate justice, and environmental justice and to ensure our democracy is protected for the seven generations and beyond. I hope to inspire more people of my generation to cast their ballot and ensure their voice is heard. I am voting my Indigenous values.”
Daveed Baptiste, Brooklyn
“My family and I have worked hard in pursuit of the American dream,” says the 23-year-old child of Haitian immigrants. “There is still a piece of me that still believes in that dream, and that is why I am voting. My polling place is literally across the street from my apartment. It’s a blessing.”