Jason was 11-years into a 20-year career as a Combat Medic in the U.S. Army. It wasn’t until after an injury sustained while in Iraq and a forced medical retirement, that photography became a very positive outlet. He began to try and create photography relating to social issues that returning Veterans face every day; homelessness being on the forefront. As his portfolio developed and people started to review his work, the descriptions started to emerge and Jason began to notice a pattern that wasn't intended, but now seems to work.
"Some reviews have labeled my work as 'negative' but I always try to depict a positive message too - the persistence of Veterans in recapturing what once belonged to them. A sense of acceptance and normalcy."
All of the pieces presented have been shot using a 4x5 Wista Field Camera. Some of the shots, as you can tell, are double exposures. Obviously, one exposure is of our Veterans, while the underlying exposure is of the area in Los Angeles County in which they currently reside. Whether it be underneath the 110 Freeway, or the hills of East LA, it’s home.