Violence is everywhere.
It’s in the music we listen to, the news we consume and the television shows we watch.
And while it surrounds us, many people seem unaware of it until it affects someone they love, said photographer Nathan Croslin.
The 20-year-old Old Dominion University student addressed violence in the media in an untitled, six-photo series that draws viewers into the world of shooters and their victims. He focused on angles, hand gestures and desaturation to show his subject’s anger, pain and fear.
Croslin uses the word “media” as a blanket term that includes music, video games, news and television. He believes that the media’s over-saturation of violent images and messages has desensitized people, making it harder for them to have empathy for victims.
And while Croslin doesn’t expect social change to arise from his photo series, he hopes people will analyze the violence they are exposed to, and how it shapes who they are.
“No one ever feels affected until it’s someone close to them. We don’t care,” Croslin said. “We are numb to stuff that happens in the media, and we need to understand that.”