Examining the individuals behind these stereotypes was the goal of award-winning British photojournalist Charles Ommanney, who set out on a five-day assignment for the German magazine Stern last year. The project took Ommanney through six states in the southern and western United States as he sought out a particular slice of gun owners — not the right-wing NRA radicals, but normal, “everyday” mothers, fathers, young people and families. In an interview with PolicyMic, Ommanney said he wanted to understand why people like the ones he photographed, in environments where gun ownership is not so much a political statement as a way of life, felt so strongly and passionately about their weapons. The portraits are both bold and poignant. They are intimate glimpses into the lives of people who are often far from the stereotypical vision of the American “gun-nut.”
How long does it take for the most trusted news source to turn a boring non-story into a racist, xenophobic nightmare?
About 13 seconds it turns out, and that’s only because CNN news correspondent Jeanne Moos takes her time narrating the intro.
This is why everyone hates Americans.—
Everyday we’re assaulted by an endless stream of advertisements — on our computers, on our phones, on billboards — many of which are completely irrelevant to us. This summer, the campaign Art Everywhere will give us a break from this marketing barrage by replacing ads on billboards, bus stops and subway platforms across the U.S. with works of fine art. Five of America’s most important art museums have selected a total of 100 works of art, and it’s up to the public to vote to narrow it down to the 50 pieces that will be displayed.