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Shelley Calton- "Self-Portrait (Turquoise pillow)"

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As a young girl growing up in Texas I was exposed to guns, but until recently I maintained an apprehensive distance. That being said, firearms interestingly integrated themselves into my work and lead me to my current project, “Licensed to Carry, Ladies of Caliber.” In these photographs, I explore the lives of women who arm themselves. Set against everyday scenarios, the guns are prominently featured in contrast to their otherwise concealed nature. In a quest to overcome my fear of guns, I made the decision to join them in becoming a licensed handgun owner and turned the camera on myself.

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Taken on March 1, 2012