Conceptual - 3RD PLACE WINNER: Kari Wehrs
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In an attempt to explore one aspect of gun culture, I set up my darkroom tent and tintype gear at known target shooting locations in the Arizona desert. I create participants' tintype portraits, then give the subjects the option to use the image as a target.
Tintypes were the primary form of photography during the American Civil War - a time when the country was divided by geography and beliefs. Soldiers often posed for their tintype in uniform and with weaponry.
My use of this form of photography in contemporary time elaborates on these connections to history, particularly an America that currently exhibits a divide in the complex ideologies relating to gun culture.