Americans and their guns: photos by Charles Ommanney

Charles Ommanney didn’t want to create a ‘predictable NRA-bashing’ photo collection when he set out to photograph Americans and their guns. Instead, he adopted a ‘more engaged manner’ where he found out why people owned guns in their homes. His project took him to six states in the Southern and Western U.S., ‘where he met people who owned guns for protection, as preparation for when things go “horribly wrong” of simply because they like the beauty of weaponry’.

From a father toting a 9mm just inches from his baby strapped into a Baby Bjorn to an elderly woman equipped with an M16 assault rifle, this series captures all the different faces of American gun ownership and attempts to make it look quite normal. Though I’ll never get over that photo of the father, his baby and that 9mm – yikes.

Via Slate

Loigrand De Angelis at home with his baby and a 9mm on his hip
Lindsay Makowski in the living room of her home, armed with a handgun
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The Moffatt family at their home in Arizona
Dan Wilkins at his home in Texas, with an assault weapon by his side

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Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.