This is a series of portraits taken on an 8,000 mile road trip through the USA, made on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

I set off across America in May 2015. My most vital equipment was in my saddlebags: a couple of lamps, two cameras and a lighting umbrella. I followed no set route but toured the country looking for distinctive faces to photograph—people of all ages and both sexes whom I happened to meet on my travels. I specifically did not want to record social contrasts or the antithesis between urban America and the country’s endless empty spaces.

These portraits (combined with self-portraits and landscapes) are published in a book called “If This Is True,” a collection that aims to capture a glimpse of today’s America.

—Robin de Puy

Editors’ Note: De Puy’s project was selected as a Juror’s Pick by Genevieve Fussell, Senior Photo Editor at The New Yorker, in the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2017.

Her work is also included in the the exhibition “Looking for America,” which, features the works of three photographers of the same generation from three different Western European countries: de Puy from the Netherlands, Mario Wezel from Germany and Bieke Depoorter from Belgium. Each went on a personal journey to the United States and came back with their own unique visions of the country. The exhibition runs until August 20 at the Museum Hilversum, just outside of Amsterdam.

If you enjoyed this article, we’d recommend the following previous features: Thy Neighbor, Aaron Hardin’s ongoing study on interactions between Americans after the 2016 election; Detroit Stories, portraits from the ever-changing city; and Simply Paying Attention, a recent interview with revered photographer Alec Soth.