Noah Berger has captured more than 100 of the world’s worst wildfires working as a news photographer for more than 25 years. It was in 2013 during the Rim Fire near Yosemite that he discovered his talent and affection for wildfires. The disasters he photographs have caused tremendous damage to nature and properties. They also won his team a finalist slot on the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography.
A Utah photographer Thomas Fox Shea has been charged with arson and criminal trespass after setting a house on fire in order to take photos. No, I didn’t make a mistake: he admitted he started the fire so he could photograph it, and it got out of control, burning is facial hair and eyebrows off.
Using fire in photography is not a new idea. But it’s one that requires the utmost respect. We’ve featured a number of photographers here on DIYP who work with fire the right way, including this one from Von Wong, who had a crew of around 50 people helping to maximise safety and be able to respond quickly in the event of an accident. Not everybody is as well planned, though.
22-year-old international student and freelance model Robyn-Lee Jansen is currently residing in a Vancouver hospital recovering from first and second-degree burns as the result of what she describes as “negligence and recklessness on the unnamed photographer’s behalf”. And, if Jansen’s account is true, I’m inclined to agree.
Light painting is something many of us try at some point in our photographic journey. Some of us just make a brief visit into this world, but others make it their home. One such photographer is Derek VanAlthuis, an avid light painter who’s produced some outstanding work. One such image is the one above.
When I first saw this image, I could immediately tell that it wasn’t your average light painting photo. The fire just looked so real. As it turns out, it looks that way because it is real fire. I got in touch with Derek to find out more about his process, and get some insight into how this image was made.
[editor’s note: I was surprised at how casually the athletes treated the fire. I mean, it has to hot, and that size of a flame up close can be quite intimidating. I asked Brandon about it and he told DIYP that: “The safety and comfortability of the athletes was priority in this shoot, so making them aware of the process and how we would handle everything was taken care of prior to the shoot. Along the way we made sure they were okay with whatever we asked them to do, and once they saw what came from the photos, they were much more excited to keep going!”]
We’ve all seen photographs before of light trails through various forms of light painting; cars passing by, flashlights, pixelsticks, wool spinning, etc.
How often do we usually see fire as a tool to create light trails? Or how about using fire inside a gym to create light trails?
This is how this shoot happened
I’ve been a not-so-closet pyromanic for most of my life. I burned everything I could get my hands on (without crossing the line to juvenile arsonist), crafted homemade napalm, and frequently blessed out neighbors with explosions in the backyard. As an adult, I’m become a little more skittish…especially after burning two acres of our property in Easter Sunday a few years back.
But, photographers in general seem to like pyrotechnics, whether it’s blowing stuff up or throwing sparks all over creation. So, what’s yet another way to brighten your life? The Backyard Scientist gives us a few ideas in a recent video.
By dissolving various household chemicals in methanol, he was able to produce rainbow-colored flames, producing a great visual result. But, of course, that wasn’t enough. Crafting a DIY flamethrower from PVC pipe and a bicycle pump, he shows us how to build a rainbow flame canon…which would be perfect for anything from infant photography to engagement sessions.
Tyler Shields, the artist who made waves when his provocative Birkin Bag meets chainsaw project outraged fashionistas everywhere, is back at it, this time pulling at the heartstrings of luxury car lovers.
The Silver Shadow starts by showing an attractive and wealthy looking man carry a gas can across the desert to a beautiful lady standing next to an even more beautiful Rolls Royce. The shot gives the impression that the man is returning to rescue the lady by filling the swank ride up with a little gasoline, which it has appeared to perhaps run out of. But, then, no. He drops the gas can and the next thing you know the pretty lady is pouring the gasoline all over the exceptionally pretty car while the attractive guy pensively watches from the sidelines.[Read More…]