Here’s a photo series whose subject we hope nobody ever runs across in real life. Called Point Blank, photographers Peter Andrew, Simon Duffy and Derek Blais have put together a set of photographs that give you a down-the-barrel view of several well-known guns.
It’s not exactly a happy set of photographs, the series is made up of extremely detailed large-scale ‘portraits’ of guns like the Glock and the Uzi as seen from the front. Speaking with Feature Shoot, Andrew explains that the point of the series was to take portraits of a powerful object in much the same way one would capture a powerful person:
Like powerful people, pistols have this ‘perfect’ quality that we wanted to explore. As we started shooting them, we could see flaws in their design. Metal burring around the barrels, scratches in the metal. This imperfection and detail were very interesting to us; connecting us back to these images as ‘portraits’.
These ‘portraits’ can then be examined in a way that this view would normally make impossible. “Typically, when you see a gun at this range and perspective it’s usually seconds before the pistol is fired.” Andrew, Duffy and Blais wanted to give viewers a chance to really look at and examine the guns from this view, in the same way one might look at and examine a face.
Here are the seven ‘portraits’ the trio has captured thus far:
To follow along as they add more photos to the Point Blank project, or if you want to order prints, head over to the photo series’ website by clicking here. And if you’d like to see more of Andrew, Duffy or Blais‘ work, be sure to pay their websites a visit by clicking on the respective links.
Image credits: Photographs by Peter Andrew, Simon Duffy and Derek Blais and used with permission.