Mainstream news in America today often appears to boil things down to a single message: that things are worse than they seem. Outside of this cycle of mainstream news, in many crucial ways, America may be much better off than it seems. In communities across the country there is a sense of determination and action for positive change, where job creation and civic improvement are taking place. This concept was presented to me by The Atlantic when I was commissioned to travel across the United States to photograph the ‘American Futures’ that tell an alternate, positive story to the message put out by main- stream news. The cover story by writer James Fallows appeared in the March 2016 edition of The Atlantic.