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Internationally Published Photog 📷 • Founder The Veterans Project 🇺🇸 • Army Vet OIF 🇸🇾 • Saved by Grace • #1 Spurs Fan • SA "Military City USA" 🇨🇱
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Latest MySpace profile pic... beats the driver seat photo

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I don’t get to do these kind of shoots as often but when I do it’s pretty special. I’m blessed to have some awesome friends and clients like Erin and Justin that are patient enough to wait on me to be available for their shoots. O, and getting to hang out with their two “children” Haley and Hunter is pretty cool too.

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🇺🇸❤️ Repost @theveteransproject ( @get_repost) ・・・ Absolutely honored and humbled to be included in the Veterans Edition of USA Today and a major thanks as always to @kirstie_ennis for being part of the project. It means a lot to have these publications recognize such important legacies of my brothers and sisters in arms.

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Enter the Kingdom, I’m aware I’m a wolf 🐺 Sedona,AZ

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Sedona, AZ I learned very early on to not let people box me in or decide my art or how I expressed myself. If you love landscapes, shoot landscapes, if you love architecture shoot architecture, if you love people, shoot people, and if you love all of them like me, shoot all of it. I had people very early on tell me I’d need to decide what I loved the most in this world and decide from there how I expressed myself as a photographer. That’s completely fallacious. Your passion is a gift and in order to cultivate that gift get to know all forms of that gifting. Study it, learn it, soak it in, and live it. Your heartbeat is your own and nobody else’s and the mark you leave is your legacy and no one else’s. Drive forward with the ultimate propensity and throw yourself into the mastering of your craft. Own your passion.

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Thanks for the love @lawless_truth... blessed to be able to do this. Repost @lawless_truth ( @get_repost) ・・・ Thank you to all of our Veterans, past and present. Words cannot relay my family's gratitude for all that you provide. This capture is of professional photographer @timkolczak , founder of @theveteransproject , and his portrait of SSG Alfred Haws (Army, WWII Veteran, Deceased). Images are our most powerful tool for remembering. Thank you to this veteran who has taken it upon himself to help us celebrate so many amazing servicemen/women. Finally, thanks to my Father, Sister, Grandfathers, and Great Grandfathers for your service. You are loved and never forgotten. RLTW Respect and Honor, The Warden

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Repost @theveteransproject ( @get_repost) ・・・ “Thinking back on it, killing that combatant in the well was a different situation.  That guy and I were probably similar ages.  It’s crazy to think about individuals of same ages finding themselves on a battlefield and fighting each other to the death.  I realized that he was definitely a hazard so I had to kill him.  Normally taking someone’s life in combat is a really quick process where your instincts kick in, but that wasn’t the case in that situation.  I had to actively think about killing this guy.  I’m sure his family got word that he'd died in combat and that could’ve been me.  Two soldiers met on the battlefield and I got to go home and he left in a bag.  I’m glad I was the guy that had to pull the trigger because this wasn’t the first time I’d had to take someone’s life.  It might’ve been harder on one of my guys who hadn’t done that before. I knew as an infantryman that it was my job and that situations like that will occur.  This wasn’t some innocent kid I smoked so I didn’t feel bad about it.  It was just the reality of the situation.  He was a combatant and one of us was going to die.  I chose to let it be him.  I’m fortunate to say that all the lives I took were soldier’s lives.  I know situations where innocent people were accidentally killed and fortunately I was never responsible for that.  That can be hard to live with.  I don’t really sit back and lose any sleep over my kills.  They were there to take my life and I was there to take theirs’.”—SGT Russell Davies (Army, OIF, OEF Veteran)

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I get some pretty rad gifts from time to time from followers of the project but this is one of my favorites. This is a “giving key” and it’s a necklace that you buy with someone’s heart word on it. Mine says “fearless” and the quote says “be FEARLESS in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” Although I’m far from fearless (I admittedly have plenty of fears) I’m glad that I’m at least seen that way and it gives me something to constantly work towards. This is a really cool project they have going on in LA and it supports the homeless, who are given jobs in making these key necklaces.

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To be honest, I don’t remember where this was taken. Repost @theveteransproject ( @get_repost) ・・・ A few projects in the can currently, SGT Russell Davies on the blog as of right now. Just got off the road after a 2-3 week trip and back in Texas for a day. I'm headed back out on the road over the next 2-3 weeks for a trip out west to capture more of our warriors and their families. If there's time I'd like to have more meetups over coffee with those interested. I've done this a few times now and it's been an extremely rewarding process, just being able to talk photography or the intricacies of the artistic process. I got some incredible feedback and I've had the unique privilege of meeting some of you who've been following the project for quite some time. Anyways, shoot me a DM if you're in the western states and you're interested in coffee. First stop, Phoenix.

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My mom was an absolutely incredible foundational element in my journey and self discovery as a writer. I wouldn’t be doing what I do today without her, but this is my inspiration source. Music. I remember as a teenager struggling with certain aspects of my own personality and wondering why painful moments seemingly affected my feelings so harshly. So, I’d sit and kind of marinate on those thoughts and inner conflicts, taking those feelings and turning them into these fractal images where I could describe them on paper. That was always a beautiful evolution for me. And when I was struggling with inspiration or not quite able to process those feelings properly, I’d listen to these guys. Jesse Lacey had this incandescence and vivacity in his writing that I could really identify with. Teenage struggles? Brand New. Studying for a college exam? Brand New. Heartbreak? Brand New. Iraq? Brand New. Project writing? Brand New. Editing? Brand New. I’m going to miss these guys a lot but I’m thankful for their ability to transcend so many barriers through their art. If you’re struggling with the depth of your emotions and that pain seemingly stings a little more and that fire burns a little brighter, don’t be ashamed. It’s a gift, not a curse and depending on how you choose to manifest those feelings, you may have an incredible journey ahead of you. brandnewrock fightoffyourdemons

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Proud to know this dude and call him my Army bro. Russ is one hell of a warrior. He’s making his hometown of Pocatello proud. Keep up the good work with @ptsdveteranathletes Repost @theveteransproject ( @get_repost) ・・・ “The first deployment was pretty crazy.  I was still 18 years old and knowing I was going to war was pretty weird.  I thought we were going to hit the ground running like Black Hawk Down style.  I just pictured us flying through crowded markets while people tried to kill us.  It was a wakeup call.  Most people in their lifetime will never see a war-torn third-world country.  Getting there was an eye opener and they’d just changed it to 15-month deployments, so thanks for that Army (laughs). You get your little mid-tour leave which breaks it up a bit but it was still a long deployment.  We lost our first five guys at the same time to a catastrophic IED.  That was in the first few weeks we were there.  I remember in that moment thinking to myself, ‘Holy shit, we just lost five guys in our first few weeks.  How are we going to make it through a 15-month deployment?  We’re going to lose all our guys.’ I think that just played a role in my mind where I developed a bit of a fatalistic mentality.  I started to think that I wasn’t going back and I became comfortable in that.  In a weird way, I think that truly makes the ideal soldier.  I dialed in after that and I was completely focused.  We were in Yusufiyah, Iraq in what they call the ‘Triangle of Death.’ We were running missions both day and night at an extremely high op-tempo.”—SGT Russell Davies (Army, OIF, OEF Veteran)

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“Keep fighting the good fight!” 🤣🤣 Great night as always any time I get to hang out with my brotha.

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Almost 5 years ago this hero of a woman next to me lost her best friend and husband, MSG Brad Keys, a Green Beret who proudly served this country with the utmost of distinction and integrity. As a single mother, she now raises her handsome 17 year old son Ethan who suffers from Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. You want to see what heroes look like? Look no further. Today was both a tough and wonderful day and it left me wishing I’d known Brad. Lisa, you’re a newfound inspiration and I’m so glad to know you. Thank you for making my last day in Colorado so incredible. Thanks for the intro @nateboyer37

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Sitting here in Denver after my directorial hiatus ended in @kyledaniels63’s acting debut, and contemplating the travesty that I just witnessed. I’m happy to say, I’m going back to my hiatus. freedomrevolution take106

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Flatirons Crew, Boulder, CO

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Repost @theveteransproject with @repostapp ・・・ This is the non-glamorous part of the art and 90% of what the project looks like.  There are road trips consisting of anywhere from 15 - 35 hours.  There are quiet spaces of West Texas, Eastern New Mexico road where the only company you have is the blaring radio turned up so loud it almost destroys your speakers while you chug your 6th cup of coffee on a 10 hour stretch.  There are the lonely hotel rooms in Muleshoe, Texas where your only companion are those deafening, stinging thoughts. “What if I don’t do this veteran justice in my write-up?  What if I fail?  What if I don’t write this blog as well as I wrote my last?  What if the veteran is disappointed in my work?  What if… what if… what if…” That’s the reality of the work and those thoughts continuously plague me.  Then there’s the depression.  To tell you the truth, I’ve always been a pretty upbeat individual but my emotions are heavily impacted by these stories and my brothers and sisters sharing those stories. There’s laughter, there are tears, there’s anger and every other emotion in between.  I’ll be honest.  I get depressed sometimes and the process is without a doubt the hardest thing I’ve ever undertaken.  I can admit that.  The pain is tough.  The amount of sacrifice on the shoulders of our bravest warriors is momentous to say the least.  To say, “It’s not all glamorous,” is a gross understatement.  But I’m here to tell you, I love every single second of this journey.  I love the lonely hotel rooms, the 30 hour road trips, the quiet expanses of West Texas freeway, and those dead spaces where there is nothing but me and my thoughts.  Every excursion is beautifully unique just like the veteran whose legacy I’m capturing.  I’m blessed to be able to do this work and thankful for those willing to share their hearts. The work has just begun.

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Memories... the greatest commodity, Western Caribbean 🌊☀️

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Live your passion, Jamaica 🇯🇲

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Repost @theveteransproject with @repostapp ・・・ Quote 1/2 “I went to West Point (United States Military Academy) which was strange because I was never a guy that saw myself serving in the military.  I didn’t have anyone in my life that really pushed me to join the military. Growing up, my friends who had parents in the military never seemed to be positive about their experience and the ones that did felt forced. I grew up in the D.C. area so a lot of my friend's fathers worked for the government in some capacity and a lot of them in the military.  My grandfather served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII which later became the Air Force, and he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He never really talked about his service nor expected special treatment because of his service.  My dad served in Vietnam, but he kinda lucked out. In basic training, he volunteered to work on a special project called ‘computers’ and was subsequently sent to Paris, France during the war. So, military service was in my background, but I didn't personally feel pushed to serve and therefore, didn’t think that military service was going to be my path in life.  I was patriotic and I loved my country, but I didn’t really dwell on the future when I was young. Like most kids, I just focused on what I was doing in the moment. I thought, who knows what the future holds? It seemed to me that thinking too much into the future was a bit ridiculous.  I remember in high school, in one of my history classes, the teacher asked where each student was planning on attending college. The teacher then asked what we were going to major in. I had absolutely no idea what I was going to major in college. One of my friends spoke up and said, ‘Engineering management.’ I was shocked. I panicked a little bit. I thought to myself, ‘How does this guy even know what he's going to major in?  I have no clue what I'm going to major in.’ I didn't even know what engineering management was (laughs). I wanted my future to be a surprise.  I wanted to travel and experience new things, meet new people, and just enjoy being educated by my journey.”—MAJ Jason Van Camp (Army Special Operations, OIF Veteran)

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I’d have to think long and hard to properly capture how this makes me feel but there’s no time for that right now. Here’s how you can help. Pray for these people’s families and for healing to be brought as swiftly as possible. Repost @cityoflasvegas with @repostapp ・・・ A horrific night in Las Vegas that has left us all in shock. 50 killed and more than 400 injured prayforlasvegas prayforvegas

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Catamaran, Western Caribbean

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Old Sugar Cane Mill, Jamaica 🇯🇲

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“Just can’t live that negative way…make way for the positive day!" - Bob Marley, Falmouth, Jamaica

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Everything’s irie, Falmouth, Jamaica

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Island 🌴 Life, George Town, Grand Cayman

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5th Ave, Pocatello, ID

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Afterglow, State Capitol Building, SLC, UT

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Soda Springs, Caribou County, ID

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Had an absolute blast with this dude, Porter the service dog, over last weekend. I've always had a special place in my heart for dogs and especially those serving my brothers and sisters. It's pretty rad seeing all that @labsforliberty is doing in preparing these incredible companions for a future with a very deserving veteran. It's an extremely delicate and time consuming process that prepares these beautiful animals for a future of servitude. Thanks for the intro, Jill.

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Red Butte, SLC, UT

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