In a political environment that seems more divided than ever, the tragic mass shootings that occurred in 2012 have given politicians and media outlets more topics for debate regarding the rights of Americans and the 2nd Amendment. Somewhere between the human tragedy and the nightly espousal of agenda by the talking heads on TV, the American gun owner has lost an individual identity.
As such, I set out to create a body of work that depicts the local gun owner as an actual person and not just a product of a public opinion poll. With this in mind, I have chosen to portray each subject in the environment around their home and with their preferred firearm. To further the notion of an individual, analysis of each photograph can help the viewer identify contextual clues that speak to the subject’s level of training, comfort, and mindset around firearms, as these are traits that are not always common across the whole of gun owners. The reasons for gun ownership are also not universal, as some own for recreational purposes, professional purposes, and even financial purposes; however the only major common link between each person represented in these photographs is that they all exercise their 2nd Amendment rights in the manner of their choosing.