Ever wonder where we get our freedom from? The freedoms that most of us take for granted? The Freedom Endeavor recognizes the contributions of everyday citizens who have served in the US military, those who have taken the oath to protect our Constitutional freedoms. We see them everyday, we meet them on the street, at the market, but how do we distinguish the people responsible for our freedoms and liberties?
The Freedom Endeavor honors these Veterans through the use of dramatic artistic photography as well as audio/video and text media. Each Veteran is photographed as we would see them currently, in everyday civilian life. They are photographed holding a picture of themselves from their time in the service. The contrast between their current appearance and their service time can be vastly different. A short audio/video interview is recorded with their story on how their service time affected their lives and why they took the oath. Their images and their stories are showcased on this website, The Freedom Endeavor.
The project has completed its first goal of photographing enough Veterans for a large gallery exhibition. Images are exhibited as 24”x36” framed black and white photographs. Clips from their audio interview are transcribed and placed on cards beside them in the exhibition. Links to their audio stories will also be available for people to hear stories in the Veterans own voice as they view the show. Exhibition arrangements are being made for future exhibitions in other available spaces throughout the country.
Future goals are additional gallery exhibits throughout the region and country, and to continue to document Veterans around the country, expanding the website with the actual audio/video recorded interviews and possibly a book highlighting their pictures and stories.
Each Veteran has a different story. Each Veteran has a different face.
The Freedom Endeavor started as an idea that photographer Steve Snyder had as a way to honor and preserve the legacy of America’s Veterans. Join in on his journey to recognize our country’s defenders of Freedom and Liberty.
All images ©Steve Snyder, Images of the Ozarks.