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Published on May 31, 2016 1:27PM

Traveling artist J. Raymond Mireles is bringing his quest to photograph Americans in all 50 states to Lincoln City this Sunday, June 5, setting up a booth to capture likenesses near the local farmers market.

Entitled “Neighbors,” Mireles’ project aims to create a unique and compelling visual document that brings together Americans of all backgrounds and from every corner of the country.

During his Lincoln City visit, Mireles will be seeking out people who represent the spirit of the community — be it through the industry they work in, the places they live and work or the community groups to which they belong.

Mireles will be looking for subjects at the Lincoln City Farmers Market, which runs from 9 am to 3 pm on the front lawn of Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Hwy. 101.

Mireles has been photographing and documenting the American experience for 25 years. Beginning as a commercial photographer in the 1990s, his roster of advertising clients has included Fortune 500 companies like DuPont, Intuit and Pfizer. His wedding clients have flown him from Japan to Jamaica and Mexico to Montana. Mireles has pursued documentary projects about the gold rush style oil boom in North Dakota, life in the contemporary art hub of Berlin, economic disparity in the California desert and the people and places that make up the central New Mexico of his ancestors. From being held hostage by ruthless oilmen to photographing the wealthy and beautiful for magazine covers, Mireles has no shortage of stories to share.

Once the “Neighbors,” project is completed, the final images will be compiled into a book of the same name and large-scale prints will be publicly exhibited within the original communities where the images were taken and the portrait subjects reside. To see samples of the “Neighbors” project, go to www.jraymondmireles.com.

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