Portraits with Christmas Guns

Dec 30, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Portraits with Christmas Guns

Dec 30, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Gun ownership is a pretty heated topic these days, but apparently guns and ammunition are popular Christmas gifts among gun supporters.

Hearing how many people show up at the firing range the day after Christmas to try out their new weapons, Fstoppers’ Patrick Hall set out to capture portraits of Americans enjoying their Christmas guns.

Patrick shared with Fstoppers readers how the shoot came to be:

“The concept for this shoot manifested itself a few weeks ago while I was celebrating a friend’s birthday party. A few acquaintances started talking about guns and a friend of mine said: “well, you definitely don’t want to go out to the firing range the day after Christmas because it is filled with tons of rednecks shooting guns they gave each other.” I had a little laugh when she told us her personal experience from the year before, and it made me start to think that maybe there was a really unique opportunity to document one of America’s favorite pasttimes.”

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Despite most gun owners I’ve met being very proud and outspoken about their guns, Patrick said that of the 150 or so people that attended the range during the five hours he spent there only 20% of them agreed to take part in the photo shoot.

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Using a giant USA flag, a fog machine, and minimal posing, Patrick set up in the woods near the range and captured some fascinating portraits of new and seasoned shooters. The type of people who showed up varied greatly, as did the weapons – ranging from 9mm handguns to a 50-caliber anti-tank rifle, in pink and with jewels no less.

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“My goal with these portraits wasn’t to take any particular side in that argument,” Patrick concluded the shoot. “Instead, I just wanted to capture the diverse group of gun owners from every walk of life, as they enjoyed their hobby following Christmas.”

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19 responses to “Portraits with Christmas Guns”

  1. Jonathan C Riley Avatar
    Jonathan C Riley

    So disgusting.

    1. Peter Roos Avatar
      Peter Roos

      Before you label it disgusting, do yourself a favor, click through to the link, and actually watch the video. The number one uniting factor among people who oppose firearms ownership is a lack of experience with them. If you want to genuinely oppose something, take some time and learn about it first. Believing with your feelings is the lazy way out.

      1. Sean Avatar
        Sean

        You know that they get their information directly for uninformed newscasters right? LOL.

  2. Kyle Trahan Avatar
    Kyle Trahan

    Only thing I see “so disgusting” here is the lack of trigger discipline some of his subjects exhibit.

    1. M Rick Richards Avatar
      M Rick Richards

      Of all the images in the video, not one person had a finger on the trigger.

      1. Alex_L_H Avatar
        Alex_L_H

        0:17 & 2:53

    2. Kyle Trahan Avatar
      Kyle Trahan

      In the video there are 2 definitely, first was the guy in green with the AR with the drum mag, the kneeling blue hat guy (not 100 percent sure though) and the guy with the AR on the left of the split screen toward the end of the video.

    3. gs_790 Avatar
      gs_790

      YES!

      If you really want to do a photo shoot on railroad tracks, have the discipline to locate decommissioned rails.

      If you are going to photo shoot with fire arms, keep the discipline to handle them correctly. Even **gasp** at the cost of the aesthetic of the portrait.

  3. Photo Man Avatar
    Photo Man

    Does anyone else think subject aside, that these portraits are complete garbage?

    1. Sean Avatar
      Sean

      Yeah…they are horrible…lol

  4. Brian Hochmuth Avatar
    Brian Hochmuth
  5. Steve West Avatar
    Steve West

    Great idea for a shoot. I’ve been shooting for 30 years, and all I have met are good folks. Nice to see all the AR 15s out there! I don’t bother with them though as the AR 10 is more to my liking :)

  6. Henri Lindenhof Avatar
    Henri Lindenhof

    Silly Americans…

  7. Clement RENAUT Avatar
    Clement RENAUT

    Long live the country with mass gun shootings… retarded poeple…

    1. skwcw2001 . Avatar
      skwcw2001 .

      so much hate you have

  8. Ma MiSpa Avatar
    Ma MiSpa

    so America -.-

  9. Michael Goolsby Avatar
    Michael Goolsby

    There’s a difference between gun ownership and gun worship. This is the latter.

    1. Sean Avatar
      Sean

      Bingo.