I was raised to dislike and distrust guns; both the object and the owners. During 2011, after moving back to Oregon after college, a close friend introduced me to his first shotgun. I became obsessed, not just with the action (which is thrilling), but the natural distrust of the subject.
This project includes portraits of normal people holding weapons pointed at the camera, which is the first rule all gun owners advise against, to try and open the conversation about why we fear guns. It also includes images of the shooting ranges we witnessed and participated in, allowing outsiders to view a typical scene they may never see otherwise.
To be part of the Guns In Oregon project, contact me at:
elizabeth.a.lepage (at) gmail.com