Amy Walek is a friend of mine who recently started modelling for local photographers. She often helps out at our experimental Töad Meädow Arts Collective and attended our big annual party that we threw in July, 2019.
At the party, we had a fire sculpture that I made way back in 2011. It’s called Untitled Fire and it has rustled some jimmies at various Burning Man-affiliated festivals because some people considered it anti-Christian. Other people objected for other reasons. A lot of people have found a lot of reasons to dislike Untitled Fire, but I think it looks pretty damn metal, if you ask me.
Anyways, Amy was dressed in a killer outfit and looking great, so we did an impromptu photoshoot using the firelight from the sculpture to light the pictures.
I think my favorite among these is the one with her silhouetted against the light from the sculpture. I haven’t posted it to my Instagram because I think it would look shitty on a tiny phone screen, but it looks cool as hell on a computer monitor and I bet would look really good printed on photo paper.
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Almost a year ago now, I was looking at some pictures that I had taken at night using the light from my propane fire sculptures. I always liked the way the light flattered the face and skin of the subjects.
Christiana Oulette transfixed by the dancing fire on a section of the Flaming Photo Frame. 2018.
The large light source really softens the light and flatters the skin, and the warm color of the light is downright beautiful.
So I got the idea…why not build another piece of fire art, but this time, design it specifically for taking photographs?
So with the help of some friends on the drill press, we threw this together over a couple weekends in the workshop at Töad Meädow.
I designed it with 8 separate propane injection sites to allow me to control lighting ratios. That feature is not working how I want it to yet; the fire comes out pretty evenly all around the frame, but I am constantly upgrading it and hopefully will one day have that feature figured out.
It is also modular. This means I can add or remove sections to make it wide enough for group pictures and shorter if I am photographing shorter models.
It looks scary, but once you see the pictures that come out of it, all your fears will be forgotten.
Is she having second thoughts about the Flaming Photo Frame idea? 2018.
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I’ve been thinking lately about night shots with the only illumination coming from road flares.
It’s winter here now, with plenty of snow, and the contrast of having a model without little clothing on, in the blowing snow and holding a stick of chemicals burning at 2600° (1425° C) appeals to me. I find it sensual.