I've been accused of featuring too many female photographers in my "Random Excellence" posts (which, as longtime readers know, means randomly encountered, not that their excellence is accidental). But I can't help what I feel like showing and commenting on. I'll continue to let those chips fall where they may.
This is from Lindsay McCrum's new book Chicks With Guns. She works in both black-and-white and color and, of course, some of the pictures are better than others—the book's cover shot is certainly one that virtually anyone would be proud to have taken. I think I liked LUG denizen Kyle Cassidy's 2007 book Armed America (it's out of print already) better; with Kyle's book, the photographer's stance toward his subject seemed neutral, ambivalent, inscrutable, which made the pictures a sort of tabula rasa for the viewer's own preconceived notions about firearms and their possessors. In Lindsay's book it seems more like an idea that never quite gets buried far enough within the pictures. More like just a theme than anything revealing. A minor cavil.
This woman (where I went to college, only women could call other women "chicks") looks pleased with herself, like a self-satisfied child playing dress-up. But there's just enough of a hint of menace in that expression to suggest that those six-shooters are real.
There's a website, too. For Lindsay's book, I mean.
(Thanks to John Igel)
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Featured Comment by Mark: "I bought this a while back and while I do understand Mike's thoughts that it feels like more of a theme rather than a fully embedded concept, I think it is more than that. The stories that accompany and explain the background of each sitter, strengthen the 'theme' into a reason for each person owning and using guns, from hunters, to law enforcement, to sportswomen, to those that have them for personal safety. It's never going to be groundbreaking work, but I really like the photos—they work as a series and that's the main thing when producing. Also, it's pretty good quality reproduction in the book too."
Featured Comment by HT: "Wired has some more photos from the book if anyone is interested."