My Hurt Locker

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© Stephanie Hammer
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UploadedFebruary 23, 2010
TakenFebruary 20, 2010
Exposure1/100 sec at f/8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length55 mm

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A picture of my husband who is an explosive ordnance disposal technician wearing the bomb suit. He, along with his EOD brothers, continually put themselves in harms way to disarm IEDs, the biggest threat to american forces overseas.
He has received the Bronze Star three times now. He is a strong leader who is admired by anyone lucky enough to work alongside him.
But his greatest attribute is his ability to love and nurture his family when he is home. After 12 years of marriage, he is as dedicated to the health and happiness of his family as he is to the incredible job he does. He has a heart full of love, compassion and sympathy ... and an unbelievable lust for life (and his wife!)
He is most proud of his involvement in molding our 7-year-old little girl into the beautiful soul she is blossoming into.
This man, and so many more EOD technicians, are incredibly well-rounded individuals who hold themselves to a higher standard than what was shown in "The Hurt Locker." They are not reckless adrenaline junkies incapable of being family men. They look out for each other, embrace their roles as husbands and fathers and know exactly why they do this job. It DOES take a special person to be an EOD tech!
For all those reasons and more, he (and the entire EOD community) are my heros.

71 responses

  • Joe LaFata

    Joe LaFata gave props (23 Feb 2010):

    very cool shot,,,

  • Henry Bowman

    Henry Bowman gave props (23 Feb 2010):

    Excellent shot! the lighting and intensity is spot on!

  • Jeff Hubis

    Jeff Hubis said (23 Feb 2010):

    Very cool shot... Was that a ring flash?

  • Marcus Hammerschmitt

    Marcus Hammerschmitt   gave props (24 Feb 2010):

    This is an excellent shot in many respects. He looks like the priest of an arcane religion with this collar. Good luck to him and his colleagues.

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (26 Feb 2010):

    this series is inspired, stephanie -- beautiful work

  • Dwayne John

    Dwayne John gave props (26 Feb 2010):

    This is a really great portrait.

  • Britaney Acome-Campbell

    Britaney Acome-Campbell gave props (26 Feb 2010):

    love it, and i just saw the movie... wow! my respect is all i can give.

  • agus heru

    agus heru (Deleted) gave props (26 Feb 2010):

    nice work!

  • Andreea Chirita

    Andreea Chirita gave props (27 Feb 2010):


  • Clayton Karas

    Clayton Karas gave props (27 Feb 2010):

    Amazing Light, Amazing Face, Amazing Photographer !!!

  • Lucy Lambriex

    Lucy Lambriex gave props (28 Feb 2010):

    Beautifil portrait again. Beautiful man as well.

  • Eric Dynowski

    Eric Dynowski gave props (28 Feb 2010):

    Great shot. I love that hIs collar almost starts to form a heart shape. At first I didn't read the caption so I didn't know what he was wearing. Now that I know it's a bomb suit and it's heart shape I like it even more!

  • Bert Happel

    Bert Happel gave props (28 Feb 2010):

    Excellent illumination and tones. My take was that he appeared as an extra in a SciFi movie :-)

  • Mike Melnotte

    Mike Melnotte gave props (1 Mar 2010):

    Love this shot, Stephanie.

  • Dianna Rojas

    Dianna Rojas gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    Nice photo !

  • NiteRunner

    NiteRunner gave props (5 Mar 2010):

    Very well said. And an amazing image.

  • David McKenzie

    David McKenzie gave props (5 Mar 2010):

    Great story, it's really touching. And the photo--outstanding. Thanks to both of you!

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (6 Mar 2010):

    Super entry!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (6 Mar 2010):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith gave props (8 Mar 2010):

    Oh nice, Rad!!

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (9 Mar 2010):

    Great B&W shot! Great entry! Hard work. Yes! my vote!

  • jack aman shah

    jack aman shah gave props (10 Mar 2010):

    nice work!

  • Autumn Letters

    Autumn Letters (Deleted) gave props (11 Mar 2010):

    Amazing. Thank you to you and your husband for all that you do! This is a beautiful portrait.

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (13 Mar 2010):

    This is an outstanding portrait. It almost seems sci-fi until one reads your narrative. Powerful photograph.

  • Julien Maury

    Julien Maury gave props (14 Mar 2010):

    this is a hero not doubt.!

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (15 Mar 2010):

    Incredible shot!! My vote!!

  • Liz El

    Liz El gave props (16 Mar 2010):

    Amazing portrait! Wonderful title! Everything about this picture is beautiful! Well done!

  • jonathan mahr

    jonathan mahr gave props (17 Mar 2010):


  • Todd Chonody

    Todd Chonody gave props (17 Mar 2010):

    Perfect! This needs to be published!

  • christopher kontoes

    christopher kontoes (Deleted) said (18 Mar 2010):

    so, so good. some ways... difficult to look at. but in a good way. a way that reminds me of what they are doing for us. what he is doing.

  • Dan Peters

    Dan Peters gave props (19 Mar 2010):

    I was deployed to Khandahar with Kevin in 2008. Great shot!

  • Jessica Brown

    Jessica Brown gave props (19 Mar 2010):

    wow....i'm speechless. GREAT job.

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (19 Mar 2010):

    wow, wow, wow and definitely my vote!

  • Pete Jeffers

    Pete Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (20 Mar 2010):

    Great shot of a special Man, Deepest rspect for these people who continually put their lives on the line for others, like the tech who, caught in a situation, disassembled 7 explosive devices by hand with no protective clothing as there were 4 seriously injured soldiers at the scene who needed evacuating. A special kind of bravery and my thoughts to the families of those that pay the ultimate price.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (27 Mar 2010):

    Outstanding entry for the theme! You have my vote...

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (31 Mar 2010):

    Beautiful portrait of your husband and hero! This image is so full of love, both in front of, and behind the camera! voted!

  • R G

    R G said (1 Apr 2010):

    great shot! great man! ... my vote!

  • Yolanda Carmony

    Yolanda Carmony gave props (6 Apr 2010):

    A+++++++++++++++++++++ MY vote!! such a great shot so powerful !!

  • Angel Warda

    Angel Warda gave props (7 Apr 2010):

    wonderful, voted!!!!

  • Robin Jerstad

    Robin Jerstad said (7 Apr 2010):

    Your career as a photographer is going to full speed. A truly dynamic image!

  • Jeff Ebner

    Jeff Ebner (Deleted) gave props (8 Apr 2010):

    Perfect in every way.

  • Justin Bradley

    Justin Bradley said (8 Apr 2010):

    Got my vote. Wonderful shot

  • AAron Dotson

    AAron Dotson said (10 Apr 2010):

    Great pic, good eye

  • Luke Everett

    Luke Everett gave props (19 Apr 2010):

    Wonderful perspective!!! What an excellent shot!! Love the narative....Heroes with no vote

  • Angus McNitt

    Angus McNitt gave props (3 May 2010):

    I've worked with EOD guys, and they truly are heroes. But when it comes down to it, they're alone over that device. I think your photo captures that loneliness perfectly. Very evocative.

  • Nathan Nowack

    Nathan Nowack said (5 May 2010):

    Very Nice!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (24 May 2010):

    GREAT portrait. I don't have the words for this...

  • Sabrina Raymond

    Sabrina Raymond gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Very compelling photo. His strength shows in his face. Nicely captured.

  • marta castronuovo

    marta castronuovo said (26 Jun 2010):


  • Francesco Sisso

    Francesco Sisso gave props (16 Jul 2010):

    beautiful tone. great work!

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (1 Aug 2010):

    God bless and keep them safe! AMAZING portraits!!

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist   gave props (31 Aug 2010):


  • Emanuela Bracaglia

    Emanuela Bracaglia said (25 Nov 2010):


  • Epin Hervin

    Epin Hervin gave props (5 Feb 2011):

    creative license

  • Bert Happel

    Bert Happel gave props (21 Feb 2011):

    Congratulations on making it into Issue 25!

  • gino paolo

    gino paolo gave props (24 Mar 2011):

    nice one!

  • Pet Parents

    Pet Parents said (14 Jul 2011):

    powerful photo

  • yossi elbaz

    yossi elbaz said (19 Jul 2011):

    ! great, powerful

  • Nataly Rader

    Nataly Rader   said (27 Jul 2011):

    This is an amazing and powerful portrait! The way you photographed your husband is more of a poetry and fiction then the reality of it`s nature. You are a very good artist! And good luck to him!

  • Gabrielle Agius

    Gabrielle Agius gave props (1 Aug 2011):


  • Michael F. OBrien

    Michael F. OBrien said (30 Aug 2011):

    Beautiful story. Beautiful husband. Beautiful photo.

  • Vin Weathermon

    Vin Weathermon gave props (13 Sep 2011):

    Awesome photograph of an awesome guy. EOD's rule....bless them all.

  • Yulia Y

    Yulia Y gave props (24 Sep 2011):

    Amazing shot and amazing story!

  • jh

    jh   said (9 Dec 2011):


  • Scott Curtis

    Scott Curtis gave props (14 Dec 2011):

    Great portrait, great story. Thank your husband for his service, and thank you as well~


    MARCO MEYO   gave props (16 Dec 2011):

    Awesome ....great image !!....A BIG Thank You to your Husband and all of Our Armed Forces for putting their Lives on the line each day for all of our Freedom. My Thoughts and Prayers go out to your entire Family! :-)

  • Joe Dunckel

    Joe Dunckel gave props (29 Jun 2012):

    Thanks to Both of you! Wonderful shot and great story!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (6 Aug 2012):

    An outstanding shot, brilliant and touchy story!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (23 Aug 2012):

    OUTSTANDING..beautiful words about a hero! we need to know about.

  • Burnell Yow!

    Burnell Yow! (Deleted) gave props (5 Sep 2012):

    Awesome image! Incredible...

  • Andrew Bulatowicz

    Andrew Bulatowicz gave props (27 Apr 2013):

    great light

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