Bearded America is a documentary project that explores the subculture of beard social clubs within the United States. This project explores the relationships between strangers who have come together under one shared common interest. Through a series of portraits and still life photography, this series will explore the world of one of the largest beard social clubs called the Bearded Villains.
Established in 2014, Bearded Villains is a social club whose mission is dedicated to the culture of bearded men. "To unite bearded men of all cultures, races, and creed, within the brotherhood devoted to loyalty, honor, and respect toward all people through the betterment of fraternity charity and kindness." With over 165 chapters in 36 countries, this group of men focuses on various activities that help support their local community through the foundations of respect and loyalty towards the bearded villains' brotherhood.
The concept of this project is a photo documenting that focuses on strangers who have come together to form a close-knit community. Through a visual narration around the club's essential foundations; Member, Family, Charity, Loyalty, and Brotherhood. This project communicates the foundations of the brotherhood that have allowed these men to interact as a community, which was founded through social media and has developed into a worldwide phenomenon that has become the Bearded Villains.