In June I wrote about photographer Sabine Pearlman, who has created a revealing series of photographs of cross-sections of bullets. Pearlman's images make the fearsome bullet seem stolid and full of integrity. Houston-based photographer Deborah Bay creates the exact opposite effect in her series, "Big Bang," which shows bullets exploding into vivid, fragmented designs.
To create the images, Bay photographed sheets of plexiglass lodged with bullets that had been fired by police officers at the Public Safety Institute at Houston Community College. If you came to them unknowingly, the images would seem wholly beautiful, like the first one, below, of an exploded .44 Magnum round that resembles the ethereal, distant beauty of the crab nebula. But some objects are too firmly rooted in their human context to be fully transformed into art- it's impossible to look at bullet fragments without immediately thinking about the soft places they tend to lodge. Three of Bay's images are on display at the Cosmos exhibit at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, which runs through March 2, 2014.
The images, from the top: .44 Magnum, .45 hollow point, 9mm Glock, and a Five-seveN II.
Images courtesy of Deborah Bay.
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