Owner of Black Shield Images and Photography, Cody Ornbaun, a lifelong Arbuckle resident graduated Pierce High School in 2008 and joined the U.S. Navy.
With two deployments to Afghanistan, Ornbaun experienced firsthand the devastation of war, and the loss of life. Using his camera, Ornbaun brought to life the soul and spirit of the afghan people and American soldiers.
While attending a Marine Corps Ball on Saturday, April 26th, 2014, Ornbaun discovered his vehicle was burglarized – his camera equipment, and other possessions missing.
“Well everyone, it’s sad to say but Black Shield is going to be down for an unknown amount of time. My car was broken into last night and every bit of camera gear I had was stolen,” Ornbaun said in a post to his Facebook Page.
As the word spread of Ornbaun’s devastation – family and friends have taken to crowdsource fundraising to help recover his loss.
“My heart is so very broken for [Cody] right now,” said Mary Ornbaun, “Photography has been a way for Cody to show us the world through his eyes, the eyes of a soldier.”
Many of Ornbaun’s photos are currently included at an exhibit located in the American Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
“I used a lot of money from my two deployments to Afghanistan to put that kit together, so this hurts a lot,” said Ornbaun.
Ornbaun is preparing to move to his next duty station and it would take years, before he could replace what was taken from him.
“How dare a thief take this away from a soldier who has literally put his life on the line for his fellow soldiers and country,” said Mary Ornbaun, “How dare they take away the one thing that allows him to heal, the reminder there is so very much beauty in this world.”
A crowdsourced fundraising campaign has been setup through fundrazr.com. If anyone is interested in helping Ornbaun, a contribution can be made by visiting the following website: https://fundrazr.com/
Ornbaun also specializes in baby to adult photos, pets, objects, flowers and landscapes, and everything in-between.
For more information about Black Shield Images and Photography or Cody Ornbaun, visit his Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BlackShieldImagesAndPhotography/
“Please help Cody replace what has been taken, so that he may continue to show us, through the eyes of a Soldier, this beautiful, amazing world and restore my Faith in Humanity! Thank you and God Bless,” Mary Ornbaun added.■