These Bullet Holes Shouldn't Look So Pretty

04.16.12 Marina Galperina

This is a macro shot of a 9mm Glock ball hitting bulletproof plexiglass, fired by a Texas cop. Deborah Bay shot a few of these violent specimens — riffle buckshot, shotgun slugs, magnum bullets. She thinks this is pretty. 

I was intrigued by the psychological tension created between the jewel-like beauty and the inherent destructiveness of the fragmented projectiles in the plexiglass. Many of the images resemble exploding galaxies, and visions of intergalactic bling sublimate the horror of bullets meeting muscle and bone.

In the state of Texas with its “51 million firearms — two guns for every man, woman and child,” it’s also horrifying.

When Santorum is buying his three-year-old daughter a lifetime membership to the NRA and kids get shot for wearing hoodies, it’s unsettling.

But sure, these bullets look nice embedded in the glass, sprouting cracks, cracking off rainbow-hued fragments… as if they weren’t made to splatter flesh.