December’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut jarred parents and teachers around Ohio.
Thinking more had to be done to protect their children, a number of teachers and school staff members around Ohio have been signing up for a variety of gun training courses offered at a discount or for free.
Italian photographer Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini documented a concealed weapons course for school personnel in South Point school district in southern Ohio, where it borders Kentucky and West Virginia. He followed them throughout the two-day course in the classroom and outside practicing their marksmanship.
Denver-based photographer Matt Slaby has been documenting gun culture in Colorado since just before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that gun ownership is an individual right protected under the Second Amendment.
Since then, Slaby has explored the often-contentious issue by photographing the wide variety of gun owners he has come across.
He said he wanted to get past the one-sided arguments and “really start to look at who the human beings are … and what their relationship is to the issue.”
Heidi Lender had never liked guns, nor had she ever had to confront her distaste for them. She didn’t even know anyone who owned a gun growing up and never had fired anything more powerful than a BB gun.
Lender started dating a guy whose secret hobby was collecting them. He was respectful of Lender’s not wanting to see his guns around the house and kept his guns hidden, but he did sleep with a gun by his pillow.
Lender and her boyfriend decided to try to have children together, and she decided she needed to come to an understanding about his draw to them and her abhorrence of them. Two years ago she took self-portraits posing with a variety of guns. She then was unsure what the next development for the project was and put it to bed.
Since Colorado voters approved a law to legalize recreational marijuana in November 2012, Denver-based photographer Ben Rasmussen has had a bagful of assignments to photograph it for various publications. He doesn’t particularly want to cover it, but everyone’s interested.
“The marijuana assignments are so plentiful that it sort of becomes a joke,” he said.
He’s taken five assignments for three different publications – The Guardian, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. All his photos are in medical marijuana grow houses and dispensaries because recreational marijuana facilities don’t yet exist.