Self portrait through John's night vision goggles, San Bernardino, CA 2012.
To Be At War (2013-Present)
This project began as a means for me to understand my new life as an army spouse living on a remote military installation. I began photographing my domestic space and the new objects in it- guns and magazines, gas masks, bullets, bullet proof vests, uniforms- trying to find my place within a world built around readiness for war. There were moments that felt surreal, like the first time a convoy drove by while I was riding my bike at Fort Irwin. Or when role players dressed like Afghan villagers were at Starbucks ordering lattes. These moments made me realize how unique military culture is and how as a civilian I had known very little about it. This work is a part of a larger project that explores what it means to be at war from within the military community.
A part of this project, focusing on motherhood and the military, was published in National Geographic. See the story here.
Denise and Andy Buissereth, before deployment, Fort Leavenworth, KS 2015
Cheyenne Croney has journaled while her husband was away on a year-long deployment to Guantanamo Bay. She wrote, "It’s been a challenge doing everything on my own especially when I’m not connected to my husband. The man I’ve built this life with that I love unconditionally.”
Jennifer Herbek nurses her child in Leavenworth, Kansas. "We all grew up fast, courtesy of war," she says.
Ryder climbs a tree in a play army combat uniform, Richmond Hill, GA, 2017
Jiyeong Laue cares for her daughter, Serenity, behind their home in 2014 in Fort Irwin, California.
Teo climbs in an 1117 Armored Security Vehicle during a family day visit to Fort Stewart, Georgia, in 2016.
Teo Principe waits to see his dad after a nine-month deployment in 2018, Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Homecoming. They arrive in the middle of the night. Eyes sleepy, searching for their families. They look like ghosts- in this space between deployment and home. Some of the soldiers are crying. Maybe it's just mine. Fort Stewart, GA, 2018.
To Be At War (2013-Present) This project began as a means for me to understand my new life as an army spouse living on a remote military installation. I began photographing my domestic space and the new objects in it- guns and magazines, gas masks, bu...