I sent Michael Madsen a copy of my book God, Guns & Guts. He loved it so much that he invited me and Todd Causley down to his home in Malibu, California to photograph him for my new book We The People.
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
These are a few photographs I took in southwestern USA in 2008. Rachel and I would drive around looking for cool stuff. I wanted to make a book about the desert. We both had an affinity with the desert. I used a Hasselblad 200 series camera and Ilford b&w film.
These are some of the photos I took at Burning Man 2012. My wife Rachel and I went. It was definitely a memorable experience. I think everyone with an open mind should go check this event out. It’s one of the more unusual things you can do in this day and age. I shot all of the photos on an Olympus Stylus Epic 35mm f2.8 camera because the dust was intense and I didn’t want to ruin my 5D.