UCF Senior Thesis Exhibition 2016

James Weaver

 

Substantially fewer people have the need for a firearm as more of us lead more domesticated lives. However, the relationship that we have as Americans to firearms is different from that of other countries, so much so that it is written into the founding documents of the country. Firearms, or at least the ones used for nefarious acts, are depicted as angry killers by the mass media. It can be easy to humanize and give an identity to an a firearm because they are such powerful objects. Are these emotions invoked by the weapon or the person operating the weapon?








James Weaver

James Weaver

James Weaver

James Weaver

James Weaver

 




James Weaver

 

I know the pain and hatred a gun can cause, and the lives guns help take. But, I also know the comfort and protection a gun can provide. The presence of firearms is engraved into my family history in the same way it is etched into our country's own. I was raised with them. Firearms created a special way for my father and I to bond, provided me a connection to lost traditions, and established a deep awareness of security. The lives of my partner and his family were nearly stolen at the hand of a pistol. They loom over us, bringing with them tragedy and blessings.

I've chosen to use rifles rather than handguns in my images. Rifles carry with them a distinct purpose behind their creation. To hold one incorrectly defeats those purposes and reduces a once powerful device into nothing more than an object of emotion.

 

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