Carrying placards in a rally/demonstration is one of the many ways of expressing your disgust for violence, but for photographer Jason Siegel, he chose to take on the creative route to share his distaste for violence, in particular gun violence. What Siegel did was creating a series of sculptures depicting guns and weapons of war with materials he is most familiar with: cameras, lenses, and a myriad of photography accessories like external flash unit, 35 mm film rolls et cetera.
The project entitled Shoot Portraits Not People cleverly uses everyday photography equipment to recreate familiar weaponry, including UZI sub machine gun, Tommy Gun, 12-gauge shot gun, a 50 caliber sniper rifle, a mini gun and even a fully drivable Willys Jeep armed with a heavy machine gun. For this project, which started earlier this year, each “weapon” formed from various photography equipment was handcrafted by Siegel with Colorado-based mixed media artist Keith D’Angelo.
The results are nothing short of brilliant. Sculptures from Jason Siegel x Keith D’Angelo Shoot Portraits Not People were exhibited at the EVOKE Contemporary’s Railyard Gallery from September 29 and only wrapped up recently on the December 24. During the exhibition, camera gear weapons, as well as limited edition prints of the sculptures were offered for sale with each piece accompanied with dog tags as the price tag. For much, we do not know.
Fret not if you missed the exhibition because, you can still enjoy these awesome work of art over at Jason Siegel’s website and Instagram page, but be warned that those non-camera gear weapons-related subject are mostly not-safe-for-work.
Images: Jason Siegel.