With the tragedy in Las Vegas fresh in my mind, this body of work.
The content is powerfully emotional yet cold and distant. At first the phallic nature of the subject material grabs my attention. I imagine they are designs for lipstick appliers or even shaving razor handles.
First impressions give way to the reality of the objects in the photographs. Ammunition. Packets of death design to destroy on contact in a dizzying number of ways.
I am horrified as I cannot help but study each bullet trying to deduce the way it has been designed to kill. I am horrified, because the designer in me finds them beautiful.
This is the intent of the Australian photographer. She writes about having been raised in a culture of neutrality and strong regulation of firearms. We often use the Australian legislative action after their first and only mass shooting as an example of what is possible.
Then she came to the US and made some friends. Friends she respected. Friends she was surprised to learn were ardent gun enthusiasts. This, she says, is what sent her on the journey of this project, which, is intended to provoke conversation and bring about understanding.
It is not lost on the cynical part of me that the publishing of this body of work at this moment is opportunistic. Could there be a more provocative week to market the work? In our super competitive economic system, any advantage, any leg up is worth exploiting.
What should I think of that?
What should I think of this body of work?
What do you think?
I strongly recommend clicking through to the article on the work in Lenscratch.