Picturing Life After CombatCEPA Gallery and the Veterans One-stop Center of WNY will co-present a free, 12-week intensive photography course for post 9/11 combat veterans beginning in January 2019. Through photography and writing, veterans will explore the return home in the workshop from their perspective. Participants will work in small groups to make pictures that illustrate their lives in and out of uniform. This is a unique opportunity for veterans to share their stories among a group of peers, create a forum to control their narratives, and design artwork that reflects the past and present. The struggles of US combat veterans reintegrating into society are largely misunderstood, rarely communicated by those immersed in the experience. The Odyssey Workshops will offer combat veterans a new tool to navigate the road home from service.The project will be led by photographers Brendan Bannon and Julian Chinana, a US Marine Scout/Sniper. Bannon’s work has appeared in the New York Times. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and at UN headquarters. Julian Chinana holds a degree in studio art with a concentration in photography from the University at Buffalo. Chinana’s personal work is deeply rooted in personal experiences with war, and trauma.Spaces are limited. To apply, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘The Odyssey Workshops’ in the subject line.The first workshops starts January 6-7 and meet every Tuesday for 12 weeks.The second workshop starts January 19-20 and meets every Sunday 1-4 pm for 12 weeks.Participants who complete the free workshop will be given a Canon DSLR camera to keep.