These are the faces and scars of those changed by gun violence
A photographer is using pictures of American shooting survivors to emphasize an important message: Gun violence is a tragedy that affects everyone.
In her ongoing project, “SHOT,” New-York based photographer Kathy Shorr is taking pictures of shooting victims, often at the location of the incident. Churches, shopping centers, movie theaters, public events, and neighborhoods — nowhere is safe from possible gun violence, she told msnbc.
“People always think about incidents of gun violence and speak about the people who have died, never giving a second thought to the survivors; almost as if everything is now OK because they are still alive and we can move on,” she said. “I began to think about the stature the deceased had in the community while the survivors were quickly forgotten and not spoken about, left to pick up the physical and emotional pieces of their lives.”
She is trying to capture images of 100 different people in the United States who originated from a variety of ethnic, political, and socio-economic backgrounds. All of them were injured by gun violence, despite being in very different circumstances. She hopes people will be able to identify with at least one of the individuals she photographs, maybe because they look alike or can relate to the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
Shorr so far has taken 60 photographs in her attempt to focus on the survivors whose lives were changed forever, physically and emotionally. She expects to finish the project by the end of the year.
“The power and strength of the survivors is what I take away from each person that I photograph,” she said. “The sheer will, determination, and spirit of these remarkable individuals is something I will never forget.”
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“All of them are heroes because they pick themselves up and get on with their lives and make their lives more meaningful,” she added. “As one of the survivors from Dallas, Kathleen, said to me, ‘It is both the best and worst thing that happened to me.’”
Shorr will discuss her project Friday morning with msnbc’s Tamron Hall on “NewsNation.”