Internal Ballistics: The Photography of Deborah Bay and Sabine Pearlman

Last year we blogged about Deborah Bay’s beautiful plexi-glass bullet impact photos and Sabine Pearlman’s bisected bullet photos. These two artists’ ammunition photos are being exhibited at the wall space gallery in Santa Barbara.

Exhibition dates – February 4-March 30, 2014
Reception – Friday, February 21, 6-8pm
Artist talks – Saturday, February 22, 2-3pm

wall space gallery
116 East Yanonali Street C-1
Santa Barbara, CA 93101


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  • bbmg

    For $1200 you can buy a handgun, 500 rounds of ammunition, a lot of plexiglass sheets and make your own!

    “In Ammo, guest photographer Sabine Pearlman has bisected WWII rounds to expose the toylike innards of unidentified bullets.”

    No she didn’t, she took photos of already sectioned ammunition in a museum. Not identifying the cartridges makes it incredibly frustrating to look at, for example the rounds illustrating the article are 9x19mm Cobra “High Safety Ammunition” (steel darts inside a jacketed polymer sabot) and 9x19mm Israeli riot control (steel balls embedded in resin)

    The technical aspect of these rounds is infinitely more interesting than the pretty shapes and colors.

    “Gallery artist Deborah Bay will exhibit her series The Big Bang, examining power, violence and energy. In a multi-layered visual exploration of how bullets shatter bone and muscle, Bay utilized Plexiglass to clarify impact patterns. By isolating the casings and destruction from any living target, Bay’s photographs simultaneously invite the viewer to detach from the human meaning of projectiles and to contemplate a willful ignorance of violence.”

    Oh for f***’s sake…

    • Victory Defense

      Chuckled out load… CA. THEY wont get it but thanks for making me chuckle. Course CA also bred a donkey’s butt who made a fool of himself in videos around the world now lamenting about “ghost guns” (maybe they should get photos of that!), 30 caliber, clip magazines too.

    • M.M.D.C.

      If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance…

    • dp

      Don’t get frustrated – it is NOT contribution to technology. It’s a piece of (supposedly) artwork. And it is definitely NOT “internal ballistics” but shot construction (this is as general observation).

  • MattInTheCouv

    Uhhh… internal ballistics is what happens to the cartridge and projectile(s) in particular while inside the chamber and barrel during firing. terminal ballistics is what happens to the projectile(s) from time of impact with the target onwards. Seems to me this error immediately lets you know this person doesn’t know much about the subject of ballistics. kinda like people who talk about “automatic” weapons when they mean semi, and who refer to 223 as “large caliber”, like local news anchor types.

    • Nielsen

      I think the “internal” part is referring to the innards of the various cartridges. So it has nothing to do with actual internal ballistics, it’s just a play on words. The whole thing does come off as overly pretentious though.

    • George H Hill

      Thanks for point that out so I didn’t have to.

  • madeuce

    If anybody wants high resolution photos of those sectioned cartridges for free, then they can mozy over to the IAA forum and just ask. I don’t think the fact that an unknown artist’s name is attached to it as an original print has any value.