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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


Evan Fountain, Throne Room, 2022

Evan Fountain, Throne Room, 2022


Throne Room

Pepper is a bit of a strange dog at times. More feline than dog. Imperious at times, and proud as any aristocrat. She wasn’t raised like that. Luna, our older dog that helped raise her was as pure a lap dog as a sixty-five-pound mutt could be. Pepper is a bit different, though, we’re unsure how Pepper deviated so much from Luna.

Despite that, she is almost as good a dog as you could want. She is a close companion, loyal, intelligent, and a good judge of moods.

While getting in the frame of mind to take a series of photographs, I called Pepper over and patted the chair to get her to climb into it. It was like she knew what I was looking for and instantly assumed this pose. After taking this picture and maybe two or three others, I didn’t need to do anything else. I had all the photos I had hoped for that day.



Evan Fountain, Grocery Getter, 2022

Evan Fountain, Grocery Getter, 2022



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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.