Photography by Jason Tozer
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Title: You Blow Me Away
Client: Craig Ward

What a fun day this was... Craig Ward & I worked in collaboration for this project. The concept was his & he wanted to realise it photographically, for real, in one shot. We screen printed 20 sheets of glass, purchased the most powerful catapult we could find (a double-elastic Black Widow), and set about the destruction with a black 8 ball.
I was assisted by Johnny Greenward & it was no mean feat of his to hit the right spot time after time from about 2 metres away. We used a flash speed of 1/7000th of a second to freeze the glass shards, a sound trigger to fire the flash & a time delay to make sure that the pool ball had travelled just out of shot before the exposure was made.
20 sheets proved to be just enough & we had a handful of 'perfect' moments to choose from (and plenty of 'not quite' shots too of course). I remember that the sound of each pane shattering was tremendous, most accompanied by a shower of glass splinters over my shoes, and the few seconds wait before the frame came up on screen was pure anticipation. An exciting day with a great looking result at the end.