This work is an effort to address the prevalence of gun violence, the history of militarization and war, mass shootings and firearm ownership in USA and abroad. Further, this work investigates the duality of the word ‘shooting’ and the links between photography and violence/ war. The bullet hole can be likened to that of a pinhole camera: an aperture through which light is exposed onto a photochemical surface. As such, the effect of light on the surface of the paper acts as an abstract photographic documentation of the time and location of exposure.
Both photography and shooting require practice, patience, and processes and involve the act of looking. Further, repetition is a fundamental aspect of these acts. It seems that cameras and rifles both have their places in war.