Gun Control?

“Those who have the command of the arms in a country are masters of the state, and have it in their power to make what revolutions they please.”
— Aristotle

NOTE: Some of you won’t care for today’s photo just because of your opinion about the subject of the photograph. Please know that the only gun control issue I was concerned with here was its position and lighting.

I’ve been stuck in the house nursing a cold the last couple days, so when a friend asked if I’d photograph his .380 caliber Glock 42 handgun, I saw it as both an opportunity and a creative challenge. Aside from getting a good photo, my goal was to create a suitable product photography setup using things I already had around the house. Those things turned out to be a plastic storage bin, a piece of white plexiglass, a 40W light bulb, a shop-light fixture and a small flashlight. Oh, and a scrap of orange cloth to serve as a makeshift gel filter. What do you think of the result?

"Glock 42", Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/20 at 8 sec., 72mm

“Glock 42”, Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/20 at 8 sec., 72mm

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  1. Earl, we’re on the same page concerning the importance of the 2nd Amendment, so that doesn’t color my response when I say that I wanted this photo to be many positive things (beautiful, stirring, etc.) that it wasn’t. It’s a daringly original idea that challenges most of your audience, and I hope you don’t drop this subject altogether, but I have to say that the background color repelled me, and the significance of placing the magazine under the barrel and leaving the bottom of the grip in shadow puzzled me. The overall effect was ‘meh’. What occurs to me is that, if you continue to explore this topic, you might approach it by photographing firearms the way Dorothea Lange photographed people: as part of a larger, more important story. Amen.


    1. I appreciate your comment Carl. You make some valid points, as always. I guess I wasn’t going for any kind of a statement with this photograph. It was really just about taking a picture of a gun quickly and kind of ill-prepared. Whack on the side of the head deserved for not giving it my all.


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