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Alan Sailer's Delicious Pics Of Exploding Food And Toys

What does a frozen strawberry look like when you blast it with a pellet gun? Now you know.

  • <p>A Christmas globe filled with red gelatin covered in shaving cream.</p>
  • <p>Artist’s description: "Another garage sale find bits the dust. I wish I had picked another background. Although it does make him look more ghostly. This photo looks like an outtake from a painting by the artist Luis Wain. The guy who painted those fascinating fractal, disintegrating cats."</p>
  • <p>Sailer writes: "A small rubbery creature is illuminated by the light of a firecracker, then expands to a much larger size at which point a flash goes off and a second image is exposed. When I found him later, he was turned inside out but still intact."</p>
  • <p>Sailer writes: "I was lying down waiting for the Sudafed to kick in when I got this idea. Wrap a black painted plastic test tube with some TheraBand, which is a thin rubber band used to exercise damaged body parts. Then stick a firecracker inside and blow it up. Worked out just fine. Unlike the last four things I tried."</p>
  • 01 /09 | Dum Dum Bunny
  • 02 /09 | Voyage To The Planet of Frozen Strawberries
  • 03 /09 | Implosion Device

    A Christmas globe filled with red gelatin covered in shaving cream.

  • 04 /09 | Poisoned Apple
  • 05 /09 | Late Expanding Orangeverse
  • 06 /09 | Beet Tal Juiced
  • 07 /09 | Psychotic Kitty

    Artist’s description: "Another garage sale find bits the dust. I wish I had picked another background. Although it does make him look more ghostly. This photo looks like an outtake from a painting by the artist Luis Wain. The guy who painted those fascinating fractal, disintegrating cats."

  • 08 /09 | Koosh Kabloosh

    Sailer writes: "A small rubbery creature is illuminated by the light of a firecracker, then expands to a much larger size at which point a flash goes off and a second image is exposed. When I found him later, he was turned inside out but still intact."

  • 09 /09 | Theraband Donut

    Sailer writes: "I was lying down waiting for the Sudafed to kick in when I got this idea. Wrap a black painted plastic test tube with some TheraBand, which is a thin rubber band used to exercise damaged body parts. Then stick a firecracker inside and blow it up. Worked out just fine. Unlike the last four things I tried."

Alan Sailer likes to shoot stuff with a pellet rifle in his basement, watching as a chocolate bunny crackles under the stress, a roll of Smarties explodes into dust, and a frozen strawberry is blown to smithereens.

Relax, it’s all in the name of art: Sailer captures the carnage using a microsecond spark flash, which he built himself according to a 1974 Scientific American article and a 1984 operation manual. Delving into his photo series, one sees that he’s tried to detonate pretty much everything he could get his hands on, albeit with varied success; his food series—striking shots of everything from avocados to rhubarb set against bright, saturated backgrounds—are particularly impressive, but he’s also waged a private war against Christmas, assembling a vast archive of shattered ornaments.

After panning through his arresting photos, you might feel inspired to construct your own flash, and Sailer, a professional engineer, generously outlines all the references you should need on his Flickr page, with a caveat: "If you do decide to try and build a flash from this information, please be careful. The main storage capacitor is pure death."

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