The word SACRIFICE has a different meaning to each of us. For me, that word is synonymous with the voluntary actions of those who selflessly protect our great nation.
As a former Marine and photographer, I wanted to in some way utilize my skillsets to ensure that the daily sacrifices made for us weren’t forgotten. So in 2013 I kicked off a project called The Definition of Sacrifice.
The mission was to photographically document veterans who volunteered to be a part of the project and afford them the opportunity to include their story, written in their own words. The result was to be a coffee table book with 100% of the proceeds going to selected charities.
Initially there was a great deal of interest, but the momentum quickly slowed as it became increasingly harder to find veterans who wanted to volunteer. While writing may encourage healing and the ability to handle emotion, in retrospect, this was also the stumbling block regarding a willingness to participate in the project. So, reluctantly, I placed the project on hold.
As in almost every aspect of life, timing is everything. In addition, I’ve learned that an agenda, or specific road markers may be nonexistent when attempting to fulfill a passion in a way the completely removes self-gratification from the equation. After some soul searching and direction, it’s time to kick The Definition of Sacrifice back into gear.
The thought process for the re-launch is to strip things back down, and start with just images. Forget about the narratives, and work exclusively on appreciating the sacrifices our veterans have made through respectable cinematic imagery…. Then see where it goes from there.
If you would like to find out more about The Definition of Sacrifice, or how you can get involved. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly. Together we can ensure that the men and women who selflessly serve our country are remembered long after their service has ended.