I began thinking about “The Big Bang” after seeing a sales display of bullet-proof plexiglas with projectiles embedded in it. The plexiglas captured the fragmentation of the bullets and provided a visual record of the energy released on impact. In deciding to explore this concept further, I also was intrigued by the psychological tension created between the jewel-like beauty and the inherent destructiveness of the fragmented projectiles. Many of the images resemble exploding galaxies, and visions of intergalactic bling sublimate the horror of bullets meeting muscle and bone. My interest in the project stems from America’s long-held affection for guns as part of its heritage. This seems particularly relevant in Texas which has an estimated 51 million firearms – two guns for every man, woman and child in the state. The photographic images were made in the studio – well after the gunshots were fired.