When it isn't being fired at or around you, ammunition can be kind of beautiful. We've already seen the striking beauty of exploding bullets trapped in plexiglass, but photographer Sabine Pearlman found a different, but equally awesome bullet-photography approach: cutting them in half.
Her photo series AMMO, conisists of shots of the innards of over 900 different types of ammunition, showing not only how carefully engineered and unique every different kind of bullet is, but also just how damn pretty they are up close.
Of course, there are more themes at play here than just "pretty bullets." The work's official description puts it this way:
Pearlman’s photographs blur our preconceptions by humanizing the tools of the shooter, showing us their simplicity and aesthetic balance, their serene arrangement of part. Yet, Pearlman’s work also acts to disarm the shooter. Cloven in two and isolated from their context, they are rendered harmless. The viewer is forced to contemplate them as abstractions. composed of shapes and angles, flecks of color and texture, devoid of use.
But even with all that said, I just can't get over how some of the explosive material looks a whole hell of a lot like Cocoa Pebbles.
Images © Sabine Pearlman | Ammunition cross-sections from the series "AMMO"