By Jack Williams
These incredibly detailed guns bring a whole new meaning to the term “shooting” when it comes to photography – because they happen to be made entirely out of camera parts.
The works in the provocative “Shoot Portraits Not People” series include the likes of sniper rifles and semi-automatic weapons, all made up from lens, buttons, frames and other essentials when it comes to camera construction.
They are the works of photographer Jason Siegel, and metal artist Keith D’Angelo, of Denver, Colorado, USA.
Each work, Jason, 28, said, can take between 20 and 50 painstaking hours to create (after sourcing parts), with the finished products selling for between $6,000 and $16,000.
The idea for the series, Jason said, came to him simply by thinking about the similarities in terminologies when it comes to firearms and photography – right down to the word “shoot.”
Looking for a project outside his daily photography work, Jason team up with Keith to start working on the firearms.
He said: “I wanted to be able to work on something different, with my hands – to be a little more creative than just pressing a button on a camera.
“This has allowed me to do that.”
In order to source parts for the final works, Jason drove across the country, visiting camera repair shops and even contacting individuals on Craigslist.
“It’s a treasure hunt,” he said.
In terms of the designs, around two years ago, Jason created his first flat lay of camera parts made to look like a gun; the response was very positive, he said.
This made the photographer want to work on something three-dimensional and tangible, so he teamed up with Keith as part of the project.
“Shoot Portraits Not People” is an ongoing series, and as well as guns, which make up most of the works, Keith and Jason have created camera-themed grenades and gas masks, too.
Through the series, Jason hopes to provoke some kind of thought.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of the works goes towards the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, which occurred in October 2017.
Jason said: “We want everybody to take away something different. I don’t want art to be, like, ‘This is what it should be.’
“I get so restless doing the same thing over and over again.
“I think the problem-solving is the coolest part about this project, and the message that it sends.
“We’ve always found a way to make it work.”