17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Bullets in Crayon Box

This photo shows bullets in a crayon box with two spent casings in front of the box. The bullets are from a semi-automatic rifle. I bought them at a pawn shop. I wanted to represent the fear my 14 year old niece feels at school. They have shooting drills every month where the officers shoot off blanks to get the kids used to the sound of gun fire in case there is a mass shooting so the kids won't panic and run. This is America today. There is a mass shooting every week and our leaders do nothing about it. We give thoughts and prayers and move on the same day. I wanted to represent that feeling of fear and helplessness, as well as the irony of a crayon box filled with bullets.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 30D
Copyright: © Megan Pellechio