In 1998 I found myself in U.S. Army Infantry Basic Training. The indoctrination we endured was meant to strip us of our individuality and turn us into equipment, ready to be deployed for the good of the nation. After the military I taught myself photography, painting, and illustration.
In 2015 I began using inanimate objects to replace the heads of people in a series of street photographs. I was using items commonly found in an urban environment, such as street signs, traffic lights, fire hydrants, etc. As the work developed I became more and more drawn to the hydrants. Like soldiers, they are stationed around the community waiting to be called upon to serve. If you pay attention, you will see that each seems to have it's own personality, its own unique place and environment. This is what draws me to them. They seem to occupy this middle-space between a person and an object. Definitely not human, but more than just an object.
The fire hydrants have become a proxy for soldiers in my series “Sentinels”. With these I am thinking about military culture through the lens of my experience, specifically the bonds formed out of shared hardship, and the fading links to those bonds as a veteran.