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Still in Motion Home  //  Leslie Elsasser - Introduction  //  Selina Roman - Mind Currents  //  Christian Cortes

Roxi Cato - US Army  //  Wildalys Class - US Air Force  //  Agustin Collazo Jr. - US Navy and Marine Corps  //  Michael Congdon - US Army  //  Giovanna Delacruz - US Air Force  //  Amanda Dodd - US Army  //  Dawn S. Hargrett - US Navy  //  Evan Fountain - US Air Force  //  Mark Freeman - US Army  //  Robert Kidney - US Coast Guard  //  Mikko Maki - US Marine Corps  //  Alicia Morales - US Army  //  RaeAnne Swanson - US Air Force

James Alexander - US Air Force  //  Wildalys Class - US Air Force  //  Dwight English - US Army  //  Loretta Fields - US Army  //  Mikko Maki - US Marine Corps  //  Matias - US Marine Corps


Agustin Collazo Jr., Through the Captain’s Spyglass, 2021

Agustin Collazo Jr., Through the Captainís Spyglass, 2021


Through the Captainís Spyglass

The still life photograph Through the Captainís Spyglass is a selection of items I consider significant and represent key moments in my life. As you look at the photo you will see a Marine Corps coin, a US intelligence coin, a Naval Officer hat (called a ďcoverĒ in the military), a coin from the USS Eisenhower Strike Group and the American flag. All of which hold special meaning to me.

A crystal sphere was used to create the spyglass effect. This added a small amount of distortion to the photo, but I feel that it truly brought everything into focus. The measured and precise placement of all items was key to the effect you see.

My idea is to show military pride. I am very proud of my time serving our country in both the Marine Corps and the Navy which are represented by the coin and hat. Iím also very proud of my wife Marleneís active duty service in the US Navy. The Eisenhower Strike Group coin is representative of her service, and of a time in my life filled with nothing but worry. She deployed in 2016 with the Eisenhower Strike Group to the Middle East and I found myself praying every day for her safe return. A feeling I truly never understood before as I was the one who was always deploying.

Overall, I truly enjoyed diving into the still life aspect of photography and developing my own artistic process. This art form gave me the opportunity to explore and be creative. Limited only by your imagination, the possibilities are endless.

 Iím a photographer, Iím an artist, and Iím a proud US military veteran. Godspeed.



Agustin Collazo Jr., Reflected Memories, 2021

Agustin Collazo Jr., Reflected Memories, 2021

Agustin Collazo Jr., Time in a bottle, 2021

Agustin Collazo Jr., Time in a bottle, 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.