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Ongoing Project: Portraits of Gun Owners

Published April 17th, 2013

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.

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Rick: Sig Sauer M400

  • March 11th, 2013
  • X-Pro1
  • 35mm / f/1.4 / 1/300 sec

Stephanie: Remington 597, S&W .357

  • April 13th, 2013
  • X-Pro1
  • 35mm / f/1.4 / 1/2700 sec
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Patrick: Ruger 10/22

  • April 14th, 2013
  • X-Pro1
  • 35mm / f/1.4 / 1/300 sec
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Cathleen: Remington 870

  • April 13th, 2013
  • X-Pro1
  • 35mm / f/2.8 / 1/2400 sec
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Amber: AR-15, Walther PPQ

  • April 13th, 2013
  • X-Pro1
  • 35mm / f/2.8 / 1/450 sec
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Terrell: M1 Garand, 1911A1

  • April 13th, 2013
  • FinePix X100
  • 23mm / f/2 / 1/400 sec
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Roger: AR-15

  • April 10th, 2013
  • X-Pro1
  • 35mm / f/1.4 / 1/1250 sec

Chris: Beretta 92A1

  • April 13th, 2013
  • FinePix X100
  • 23mm / f/4 / 1/1600 sec
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Cory: AR-15

  • April 13th, 2013
  • X-Pro1
  • 35mm / f/2.8 / 1/1800 sec
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Luke: PA-15 SPR, Remington Rand 1911A1

  • April 15th, 2013
  • X-Pro1
  • 35mm / f/1.4 / 1/4000 sec
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Nik: Smith & Wesson M&P 9

  • February 18th, 2013
  • FinePix X100
  • 23mm / f/2 / 1/1000 sec
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Ricky: Benelli Montefeltro

  • March 11th, 2013
  • X-Pro1
  • 35mm / f/1.4 / 1/1400 sec

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Jack_White
Jack White (inactive)  over 4 years ago
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Wow, only in America. Machine guns and assault rifles for all. I guess the sniper scopes are for hunting? Anyway, you got some nice photos here.