As for many of us, Dean Hinnant’s life was upended in 2020. The beginning of a very long global pandemic brought about some major changes for Dean and turned his story into one of resilience in the face of loss. In fact, Dean’s ability to take a disheartening situation and find hope in it is remarkable. From the ashes of a summer like no other in which Dean and so many of us experienced tremendous losses, an idea was born: to create a body of images that would document America’s reawakening, a collection of photos to inspire hope and encourage.
With that idea, Dean set out on a road trip like no other. He reduced his belongings to a few bags and set out to criss cross the country, staying with friends and visiting American towns small and large, documenting cities reopening and people reconnecting. Dean was kind enough to sit down with us and tell us more about his (ongoing) experience and what it’s like to document life being reborn all around the nation.