Those are just some of the themes photographers Peter Andrew, Simon Duffy and Derek Blais explore in their proactive series titled Point Blank a collection of used handguns, shot portrait style and designed to capture your attention.
Guns have a massive amount of power associated with them. They are designed to kill. We decided to photograph portraits of them in a similar way you might photograph 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’. —Peter Andrew
Where these guns used to kill? Where they used to intimidate and maim? Or where they simply locked in a draw ready to serve and protect their owner? We’ll never truly know the story behind each of these guns, but any object designed to end life as quickly and as efficiently as possible certainly makes for chilling viewing.
Although only 7 handguns are featured in the collection, they are planning on documenting many more – a stark reminder than when it comes to weapons, our options are almost limitless.