Imagine getting on a Greyhound bus in Philadelphia and heading west, stopping in 11 states in two weeks and talking with fellow passengers along the way.
The topic of conversation? This season's heated presidential election - and the issues important to each person along the way.
"We really wanted to get past the pundits and the media narratives driving the day and get out and sit and talk to actual voters," said Esmé Deprez, reporter at Bloomberg News, who embarked on the trip along with photographer M. Scott Brauer and posted profiles and interviews with people along the way. The two interviewed 100 people during a journey that captured a slice of the country often left out of the political dialogue – auto mechanics and artists, immigrants with documents and without, farmers and felons.
The results are enlightening and shed light on how things could play out come November.
"Everyone has their own story and their own reasons why they vote the way they do and we can't truly understand this election unless we sit down and listen," said Deprez.
Check out all of Esmé Deprez' posts at America by Bus: Understanding America's Election on a 3,000 mile Road Trip