Shooting “Point Blank” – High Resolution Gun Photography
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stare down the barrel of a gun? Well Toronto-based photographer Peter Andrew teamed up with art directors Simon Duffy and Derek Blais to show us. The series, “Point Blank”, features iconic handguns in high-resolution “portraits”, some of which are printed as large as 4×8 feet. In order to achieve the incredible detailing in these shots Peter used one light, a Nikon D800E and a 100mm macro lens to shoot as many as 20 frames per portrait. Focusing on each part individually and then combining them in post production allowed for a high depth-of-field but with 36+ megapixels, Peter was working with files as large as a gigabyte. With only five prints of each gun being made they range in price from $3,600 for 5 feet long and $5,000 for 8 feet long.
-Peter’s work featured in Bruce McDonald’s new movie “The Husband”.
“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.”
“We also loved the impossible perspective these portraits provided. Typically, when you see a gun at this range and perspective it’s usually seconds before the pistol is fired. This makes it very hard to examine at point blank range. As the viewer, you want to lean in and see the detail; but at the same time it’s very uneasy to be as close as you are to the barrel of a gun.”
“We’ve thought a lot about the politics and here’s how I put it. I think that guns are safe if they are used by safe people and dangerous if use by dangerous people.”
“I’m not saying guns are good or bad in this project. What I am saying is that guns can be interesting to look at from a technical and visual perspective.”
It’s always good to ask an artist for permission before posting their works but even more so when they have access to this many firearms. So I contacted Peter for permission and a few quick questions, in hopes of getting to know him a little better.
1) How did you get started in photography / what was your first paid gig?
“I started by assisting. My first real gig was a food shoot for Molson-Coors.”
2) If a unicorn were to magically remove cameras from your hands, forever, what would you want to replace them with (the cameras not your hands)?
“Probably a Milwaukee Sawzall.” (huh?)
3) If you were trapped in a pit full of ravenous chinchillas what would you want your last meal to be?
4) Do you have any amazingly must see projects in the works?
“As always I’m working on my highway series. Also, I’m working on a project on the Air Jordan chronology.”
Peter and his crew have more models in the works and have aspirations for a book of the series. So if you want to be kept up to date on this or any of Peter’s other projects be sure to like him on Peter Andrew’s Facebook page or follow him on Twitter @lusztyk.
via [Point Blank]