Si Vis Pacem

Photo by Rob Salem. Copyright © 2017 Rob Salem/The Stormworks. I took this photo a few years ago, while working on a project that revolved around the veteran suicide crisis, PTSD, and the struggles that combat veterans face when they come home from war. Recent world events and my connections with the veteran community have... Continue Reading →

Mountain Climbing

The Black Hills, June 2019. Photo by Rob Salem. Copyright 2019-2021 Rob Salem/The Stormworks There's a saying in the firefighting community that I think has broader applications to life, and especially pursuit of goals and dreams. "Risk a lot to save a lot; risk little to save little." For firefighters, it basically means, "We'll risk... Continue Reading →

The Art of Loneliness

Me at Badlands National Park, South Dakota, June 2019. Photo by Scott Pretorius. The more I pursue my artistic interests—whether photography, music, filmmaking, or any of the others—the more I embrace the self-prescribed loneliness that goes with that pursuit. Loneliness as an artist isn’t a universal truth, of course. But I find in my experience... Continue Reading →

What’s In A Name

On Monday and Tuesday of this week I was honored with the opportunity to display some of my social awareness and humanitarian related photo work at the 8th Annual Indiana Campus Compact Service Engagement Summit. The ICC promotes socially and culturally aware social service and engagement, with a focus on developing leaders in the field... Continue Reading →

-22-

In 2012, the US Department of Veteran's Affairs estimated that an average of 22 veterans committed suicide every day. Recent estimates place that number closer to 20 a day, and while that represents a decline, it is still 20 too many. The -22- project is something I was invited to participate in as a photographer,... Continue Reading →

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