Since Aaron doesn’t have his own website, or blog, I’m hosting his thoughts on our essay topic. I highly suggest visiting his 500px page after reading what he has to say. His work is fantastic.
I originally went to school for graphic design and new media publishing. Somehow I ended up joining the military. I’m now a marine corps officer, with a ridiculous work load punctuated by deployments, long field exercises, long days, worked weekends. Having photography as a creative outlet has kept me sane, and the two passions have driven each other.
My work takes me to strange places like Petra, Jordan, to helicopter crash sites around the dessert, etc, and while the bulk of this work cannot be posted, the two lines of work have gone hand in hand and heavily influence each other. I’m currently working on a portrait series aimed at bringing attention to the social/economic issue of high homeless veteran rates in San Diego. It’s going to be a juxtaposition between service members at work, fighter pilots with their jets, mechanics working on vehicles, infantry units hiking, tankers shooting in the desert — against the stark unpleasantness of the prevalence of homeless veterans on the streets in San Diego, hopefully with short stories on the individuals, what effected their path in life, circumstances that took them from here to there, etc. doubt this will be presentable in time, but either way id love to participate. Feel free to check out what I currently have up at www.500px.com/aaronmmoshier
See the rest of the essays on having a creative outlet here.