This collection features photographs of Marines and their environment with one or more dominant colorsâ€”and four stark black-and-whites. The photographs were taken while the artist was deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Photographs were taken in various locales including the Philippines, Japan, Thailand, and in the Andaman Sea just off the coast from Myanmar.
The collection was first featured as a solo exhibition by the City of Palm Desertâ€”the city’s first solo exhibition and first photographic exhibitionâ€”in the summer of 2011 at the Palm Desert Community Gallery located within Palm Desert City Hall. It was featured a second time in the winter of 2011 in a two-person exhibition hosted by the Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts at College of the Desert.
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This first image is what I consider to be the collection’s most iconic photograph. It features my friend Bobby Battles and his piercing green eyes, clad in Marine green and set against the green foliage of the Philippine jungle.
I called it “In Shades of Green” and it actually served as the main inspiration for the entire collection when I was first deciding the direction of the collection. Even the name of the collection itself was inspired by this photograph’s title. Because of this, we used this photograph in all promotional materials regarding the exhibition. In the first iteration of the exhibition at the Palm Desert City Hall, it was Bobby’s face that you first encounter. From there, you move leftwards moving from piece to pieceâ€”25 photographs in allâ€”until exhibition leads you back to the exit. Deborah Schwartz, gallery director for the Palm Desert Community Gallery, did a fantastic job in the presentation of the images.
Below are the rest of the images in the collection: