In 2013, British photographer Charles Ommanney went on a six-state tour of the United States in an attempt to shed light on American gun culture. Commissioned by the German magazine, Stern, Ommanney’s photos present an eye-opening vision where gun ownership has become normalized and an integral facet of so many people’s lives: fathers play with their children as a pistol hangs from their hips; assault rifles and handguns sprinkle the vanities of mothers; lily-white teens pose with their firearms as if showing off a corsage for a high school prom.
The result is an unconventional narrative on American gun culture: in none of Ommanney’s shots did he seek to caricature or overly critique his subjects in a typical NRA bashing. Instead, Ommanney sought to simply present the intersection of fear, values and politics in its most distilled form: within the American home. Equal parts chilling and mystifying, more of Ommanney’s political and documentary photography can be found on his website.