Empathy is something that’s important to my work, not even just specific to this project, but for everything that I do. With this work, it would be easy to go around and be like, “Oh, look at this bizarre chihuahua meetup,” “Look at these Harry Potter folks.” That would’ve been the easy way to go about it, right? I wanted to understand what’s bringing these people to this place and to understand their relationships with each other. The one thing that always drives me crazy is when somebody takes something at face value: “Oh, you just photographed a bunch of weird groups around the United States.” It’s not weird at all because everybody has their thing. Empathy is huge.