45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Photography/Interesting Study
, October 31, 2011
I am a very biased reviewer because I am one of the women in the book. That said, I was smitten with this book before it ever came to be. I met Lindsay McCrum through a series of coincidences that started with my husband sitting next to her on a plane. When I heard the REASONS behind why she wanted to do this project, I knew I had to let her photograph me. It is such a provocative look at women shooters in this country (a segment of shooters most people don't realize exists). Each woman, no matter her race, size, age or background, is portrayed with confidence and poise. This is party done through Lindsay's amazing skill and talent as a fine art photographer, but also through the subjects themselves. Something about holding a gun in your hands makes you exude said confidence!
Some photos in this book may disturb certain segments of society. But that's the beauty of it! This is REAL! Real women, real life, real guns. For some women, shooting and children aren't separate facets of their lives. For example, if you live on a ranch in Montana, a gun is another tool you own in order to conduct your business and live your life.
The layout of the book is fantastic. The focus is on the photos themselves. The narratives accompany the photos like a side dish at a meal. The font size is just fine (unless you normally need glasses to read - in which case you should don them!) I was so shocked to see one reader complaining about the physical look...the white spaces set off the photos. The black & whites are visually stunning and are spread out appropriately throughout the book.
This is not a novel. It is a coffee-table style book filled with beautiful portraits of strong, confident women who also happen to own or shoot guns. It is one of the proudest moments of my life that I made it into the final cut of this book! The entire experience was an experience of a lifetime.