But about a week before the end of my last project, I had an inspiration.
I really wanted to continue working with commentary on American culture, and guns are as ingrained in our fabric as apple pie and football. Let's be clear here: I hate guns. I do not own one, do not have any intention of owning one, do not interpret the second amendment as giving the right of private citizens to own one (that little word "militia" you see), do not feel that we are a safer country because we allow private citizens to own them, and do not have any kind of desire to change my perspective on the matter.
I find the thought of focusing a camera lens on them for the next year to be wholly fascinating. Be mindful that this is the theme, and not every picture will have a gun per se. But I do want to get some shots of people holding them, which means I'm going to have to eventually knock on some Facebook doors (I already have three people in mind). I suppose I could go up to random strangers and ask if they're packing and then explain my reasoning for wanting their picture ("It's for art!"). But that could very well get me shot, which would sort of defeat the purpose.
What this series of photos will NOT contain are gunshot wounds from any of the ERs where I work. For one thing, I don't see them all that often, and when I do they're generally covered in gauze and not very gory. Secondly, I don't do gore. Thirdly, there's this thing called HIPAA in place, and posting such photos here would get me canned. Call me silly, but I'm not into getting canned. I kinda like my job.
I will also not prosyletize on any of my entries...
Say you: You lie! LIE!
Say me: I don't!
I'm letting my feelings be known here. I think the pictures will speak for themselves. There will be a Flickr stream eventually (I need pictures for it first, of course). You can go here for my self-imposed rules. I'll post the first picture on Monday, September fifth and will wrap up the project Labor Day weekend 2012.
Hope you'll come along for the ride. But I won't shoot you if you don't. Stab, perhaps, but not shoot. ->