Here are some photos I took at the Butler Rodeo in Missouri while we were filming God, Guns & Automobiles for History Channel.
Over four years, covering countless states and even more miles, journalist and photographer Ben Philippi toured America in search of the millions of legal gun owners who, everyday, proudly defend their constitutional right to bear arms. The resulting collection of photographs, God, Guns and Guts, is now in your hands: a hundred and forty four beautiful and intriguing images of freedom loving American gun owners.
Excited by how “limitless freedom can be when every man and woman is afforded their right to arm and protect themselves” Philippi has nevertheless sought to produce a collection of photographs both unbiased and true to the diverse social fabric of American gun owners today. Setting out “to make as beautiful an image as possible, and to let the subject express themselves through a short quote” it remained important to him to represent “in colorful and celebratory terms, a culture often portrayed as controversial and negative by the mainstream media”.
Set between photographs of the inspirational landscapes through which he traveled, Philippi has collated the results of his encounters into this remarkable book, a body of work that mirrors the exceptional beauty, pride and singularity of this great country itself.
See more at http://godgunsgutsbook.com