Washington Post staff photographer Michael S. Williamson spent almost a year traveling throughout the United States documenting the effects of the recession on ordinary Americans. As he made his way, he also found whimsical and artistic moments (many captured with his iPhone.) Often, while parked in rest stops or parking lots, he filed via Facebook. Here is a compilation.
As big fan of surrealist painter Rene Magritte, it was hard to resist making this self-portrait in the window of an abandoned house in North Dakota. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post Buy Photo