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Candice Baker "Pinning Their Father"

"Pinning Their Father"
Candice Baker

The incoming Commander is pinned by his daughter while his son stands on a chair to watch. USS Sentry deployed to NSA Bahrain - United States Navy


Artist Statement:
Cover, gather, disperse.
I was tasked with documenting the USS Sentry (MCM-3) Change of Command, ported in the Arabian Gulf upon Naval Support Activity Bahrain. On any typical day, the handing over of command would draw over a hundred attendants, surrounded by an outdoor festival of naval pageantry. Because of COVID-19 regulations, the US Navy permitted only an intimate gathering upon the bridge of the ship.
Spouses and children stepped outside their homes to confront the enemy without a face. While any trace of tears soaked into the smile stifling material, families and shipmates stood alongside each other to celebrate, in whatever capacity authorized.
Candice Baker
Candice Baker "Pinning Their Father"