(Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post — More photos from Recession Road )

“2012 Unfiltered” aims to strip away the political rhetoric through photos — specifically your photos. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this is your chance to speak volumes, showing political leaders and the country what's on your mind.

From now through the 2012 election, we’ll be asking you to share your “unfiltered” view of the issues through the popular iPhone app Instagram. We're launching our project in conjunction with the Washington Post/Bloomberg presidential debate next Tuesday, Oct. 11, with a simple question: What does the economy look like where you live?

To participate, snap a photo that visualizes the current economic climate where you live with Instagram, a photo community of over 10 million users. Be sure to include anywhere in the caption the special tag #econdebate and a quick thought on how your snapshot shows what the economy looks like where you live. Using the tag #econdebate means you allow us to publish it in our gallery of photos from people across the country. Visit www.washingtonpost.com/debate to view the latest images, including behind-the-scenes photos of the Washington Post/Bloomberg debate.

Check here to see your photos (photos are moderated and may not appear immediately):

Many thanks to the Instagram users who have contributed so far: @hangran, @lisalisa65, @nataliejennings, @betherejess, @samnevsdc, @dcborn61, @marlonio, @janeliz, and @andywhitedc.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

How do I start using Instagram?

To use Instagram, you must have an iPhone or iPod. Download the app (iTunes) and follow the onscreen instructions to set up an account and start snapping photos. Reminder: Include #econdebate in the caption. More questions about the app? Check out the Instagram FAQ.

What if I don’t have an iPhone?

While this project is Instagram only (and therefore iPhone/iPod only) for now, sign up to receive email updates below about future 2012 Unfiltered assignments or to participate in Post Politics projects.