Roughly 40% of the population in the US owns a gun and there are enough guns - approximately 300 million - to arm nearly every man, woman, and child in the country. Reflecting on this fact, photographer Garrett Hansen created stirring images from individual bullet holes in his series HAIL.

Taking the bullet holes into a photographic darkroom, Hansen used the analogue equipment to process and print the results, creating an abstract, surreal image referencing the destructive act that created them. “The viewer is presented with something that speaks to the sublime,” he says. “They are both attractive and terrifying at the same time. In many ways this reflects our own opinions of guns in America, a country where the debate between rights and controls continues to rage.”

text by Alexis Lodson