Some things lose their vitality up close but ammunition is not one of them. Austrian photographer Sabine Pearlman has created a series of photographs of cross-sections of firearms cartridges. The cartridges are amazingly diverse in their composition: long and slender, short and stumpy, packed with ball bearings, metal rods, and all sorts of other suggestive material in their tips. But they also share enough features in common to mark them as members of the same menacing species: brass casing, gun powder in the rear, a narrowing aspect as you go from back to front. Pearlman's photographs are mesmerizing and also tragic. They give ammunition integrity, a life apart from all the things that people do with them.
Images courtesy of Sabine Pearlman.
Update 06/24/13: The first version of this post incorrectly referred to the subjects of Pearlman's photographs as "bullets." As a number of readers pointed out, her photographs are in fact of ammunition cartridges, which contain bullets.
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