Tom Woodruff is a documentary and street photographer based in Washington, D.C. He is currently a resident artist for The 50 StatesProject, a visual research project exploring what it means to be American. Tom is a graduate of Ohio University's school of Visual Communication with a Master's degree in photojournalism. He is also a finalist for the Reinke Grant for Visual Storytelling. Tom began to explore non-literal imagery in 2019 with his project Shape Oblong, a deeply personal study of his own struggles with mental illness. Tom’s work for The 50States Project explores how anxiety shapes our culture and reality. How do those anxieties contribute to current tensions in the U.S.? His research is driven by his own fears that we're beyond repair — as well as his stubborn optimism for the future. Are things getting better or are they getting worse? What is the future of America?