Photography: cyberpunk and gritty street crime – Boy with a gun, by Danielle Tunstall
Part of a series of images from the liquid metal, carb0-plastic, hydrogel and permacrete core of visual creators on the Internet. Images that stir my senses and evoke plots and concepts for what I’d like to see (or fear) in the future.
I like this image because of the infuriating horror it conveys; this kid has pulled a gun and he’s loving it, he’s won, he’s got you where he wants you – see it in the sparkle of his eyes. It doesn’t matter who you think you are in the world, right now everything comes down to this moment. As for who he is: designer underwear and a ripped figure define lifestyle choices based on brands and violence.
It also makes me think of the semi-professional street gangs and paid-thugs I introduced into my cyberpunk thriller novel, Iron Man Project. The sweltering oven and poverty of the Southern Euro Zone, where organised-crime syndicates conscript anyone willing to carry a gun and use it; and in turn, these clusters of armed men covertly hired by corporations to fight dirty wars on public streets.
There doesn’t seem to be much desperation in his attack. This is bold and unflinching; an action based on supreme confidence…and access to a gun. What do you think?
Danielle Tunstall has a vast repository of images she’s created and showcasing on her website, definitely worth a look if you’re into the darker side of Cyberpunk, verging on horror, smeared in blood and infection.
- Danielle Tunstall website.
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