In the days following November's election results, Atlanta journalist and photographer Maura Friedman noticed a dialogue emerging among women in the Southeast.
“Especially through social media and in a lot of private groups I’m in for women,” Friedman said, “[I] saw a totally different narrative of ‘what are we going to do?’”
“To sit down and say ‘what does this look like in your own life?’ I thought got more to the heart of why people were scared,” she said.
Friedman set out to capture some of their stories. The resulting portraits and interviews on how these women and non-binary people were preparing for the incoming Trump administration were featured in Bust Magazine. They show the subjects in their own homes.
“It goes hand-in-hand with a visual medium, is trying to build empathy,” Friedman said, “and giving people the space and the access to look into someone’s life that is maybe similar to theirs, oftentimes different, and hear their unvarnished perspective.”
One of Friedman’s subjects is a Muslim woman who preferred to remain anonymous and who is setting up safe houses for undocumented people. The journalist noted that her living room was so “all-American.”
“It looks like an Ashley Furniture home goods setup,” Friedman said with a laugh. “And she is all-American. And I think that is something that maybe someone wouldn’t think, seeing her out in public. That you might have the same sofa.”