David Palmer at work making a Bullet portrait

Shots Fired: David Palmer at work making a bullet portrait

Artist David Palmer has created a unique way of honoring famous folks killed by fatal bullets.

Using thousands of empty bullet casings in his portraits of Tupac Shakur, John Lennon and former presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, Palmer has taken a fairly literal approach but manages to transform the objects into something pretty cool, if not the most sophisticated portraits you’ve ever seen.

(The Lennon portrait, titled “Walking in the Light,” is made up of 8,000 spent shell casings, according to Neatorama.)

It’s obviously painstaking work to use a hand torch to fuse together casings and render them as portraits of some of America’s most iconic faces.

He explains his choice of materials on his website:

The materials I have chosen to use serve my purpose because of the  blatant and emotionally charged response they evoke. These mediums already have a strong  mental imagery that is attached to them.  Around the world they are still used to either help build dreams or destroy the dreamers. My hope is that you will feel the agony and  then see the miracles that can arise from choosing to create rather than destroy.

Check out the gallery below for a closer look at his handiwork.


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