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Through Our lens


Through Our Lens Home
Leslie Elsasser - Introduction
Selina Roman - Looking Inward, Seeing Clearer
Christian Cortes

Beginning (Section A)
Jarrett Gafford - US Air Force
Dawn S. Hargrett - US Navy
Rebekka Huneke - Daughter of US Air Force Veteran Father
Ramonita Rosa - US Army
Kimberlee Nicole Smith - US Army
Monika Sutton - Wife of US Army Veteran
Karl Young II - US Army Colonel (US Special Operations Command)

Advanced (Section B)
James Alexander - US Air Force
Manfredo Bobadilla - US Army
Wildalys Class - US Air Force
Agustin Collazo Jr. - US Marine Corps / US Navy
Amanda Dodd - US Army
Evan Fountain - US Air Force
Mikko Maki - US Marine Corps
Alicia Morales - US Army
RaeAnne Swanson - US Air Force


Agustin Collazo Jr., Reflections in Time, 2022.

Agustin Collazo Jr., Reflections in Time, 2022.

AGUSTIN COLLAZO Jr. - US Marine Corps // US Navy

Reflections in Time

 Time is all we have.

I hope to inspire the viewer to think about time and what it truly means to them. It is imperative to understand we are living in moments that pass and will never be lived in again. Once these moments are gone, they will never return. Time, no matter how much we wish that it was not, is finite. 

Time is precious, and it is vitally important to invest it wisely. Time passes equally for everyone as it does not discriminate against race, sex, religion, or political agenda. It is our most valued resource, yet its ephemerality is an accomplice to our own misuse of it. The clock reflects upon its own image, and beckons room for a deeper contemplation of the transience of time.

Our ability to freeze time and share that moment in a photograph is amazing. Photography allows us to capture a moment that ceases to exist the second that it is recognized. The tangibility of a photograph provides material proof of time’s existence, and that instant was significant enough to capture in perpetuity.

Thank you for sharing some of your precious time and for taking a moment to view my work. Make every moment count.

I am a photographer, I am an artist, and I am a proud U.S. military Veteran.

US Marine Corps // US Navy


Agustin Collazo Jr., Hidden Within, 2022

Agustin Collazo Jr., Hidden Within, 2022

Agustin Collazo Jr., Losing My Religion, 2021

Agustin Collazo Jr., Losing My Religion, 2021



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Breaking Barriers is a project by USFCAM in collaboration with the USF School of Art and Art History, with Support from the USF Office of Veterans Success, Community Arts Impact Grant Program of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Love IV Lawrence 2020 Waves of Change Grant, and additional support from the ACE Arts for Community Engagement Fund and the Florida Department of State.