Artist statement: My project Woman wearing ring shields face from flash investigates relationships between cameras, handguns, human hands and violence against women. I photograph women and their female friends and family who own or have recently learned to use a handgun. Guns and cameras have a lot in common. Susan Sontag and Teju Cole have noted their shared vocabulary as both regrettable and illuminating. I am especially interested in how armed female bodies occupy photographs and which parts of our bodies become targets for others.