I recently came across this stunning image from Warsaw-based creative studio Ars Thanea and was mesmerized by the paradoxical elements. Roses, a symbol of love and beauty, smoldering and covered in ash…all stunningly captured.
“We wanted to create something unreal,” says Peter Jaworowski, creative director and founding partner of the firm. But Peter didn’t want to go the route of 3D computer simulation, partly for authenticity and partly because that method would simply be too time-consuming. So, they opted to build the image from the ground up.
“The Ash” came to our minds as a simple thought – glowing roses – maybe as a some kind of symbol or maybe as a simple whim… And this is what happens when you share an idea with a group of amazing and willing people. The dream is about to come true.
Everything you see in the final image was created from scratch, from the bouquet of roses to the volcanic ash.
The scene itself is set up on top of a glass pane, allowing the team to use small gaps between the flowers to illuminate them from below with a red a light. After constructing the bouquet, they created a simulation of volcanic ash to cover the roses and surrounding frame.
Keeping the camera stationary, the scene was shot in multiple frames. After shooting the scene with the light from underneath, they added real, burning coals to the setup, resting on the flowers and burning little bits here and there. The frames with the coals were shot without the light below to give it a truly believable glow.
At the end, the images were combined in post production to yield an amazing final result.
To see more of the amazing work produced by Ars Thanea, check out their website.
So, what’s the most beautiful thing you’ve created with fire?
[The Ash by Ars Thanea]