ubiquity of gun violence has unfortunately become the norm across the world but particularly in the United States, where we have begun to hear horror after horror on an almost daily basis. So much so that it has now started to produce a numbing effect, a helplessness that allows us to hear the news and say, "here we go again" and put it out of our mind. Gun violence
is now something we expect to happen.The goal of SHOT is to focus attention on the survivors of gun violence- people who have been shot and survived the experience. From across the United States, survivors from all races, many ethnicities and ages from 8-80, including high and low profile shootings are the united faces of "survivorhood
", one hundred and one images of one hundred and one different, relatable people who have gone through this life altering experience.The majority of portraits are taken at the location of the shootings. This adds another dimension to SHOT as most of these locations are banal and "normal" places we all visit: shopping centers, places of entertainment, church, neighborhood streets, the gym, movie theaters
etc. Many of the shootings actually occur in the survivor's homes or in their cars. Shootings occur everywhere.SHOT allows us to explore the dialogue about gun violence. It is not meant to be polarizing but rather to connect us to each other. Gun owners as well as an NRA member are also included in SHOT.