These are not some Photoshoped work. These are three months of work for photographer Thomas Herbrich who snapped some 100,000 individual photographs of smoke, looking for unexpected anamalies and fortuitous coincidences where familiar shapes emerged. It is interesting to see how the brain tries to create order out of chaos, try to find familiar patterns such as faces, hands, spine or scrolls of paper out of those random images. After carefully sifting through each image Herbrich selected 20 final shots for this series, aptly titled, Smoke. Here are some of our favorite, click here to see the whole collection.
Steve Spazuk, known as “Fire Painter”, has developed a unique technique using the flame of a candle or the flame of a torch as a pencil to create his paintings with trails of soot. Spontaneity and chance are the heart and soul of his creative process. Spazuk often doesn’t know what images he intends to make but instead explores patterns and shapes found in the soot to guide the artwork. With the help of other tools like feathers and paint brushes, he is able to create some really delicate works.
Instead of crafting images with paint, Artist Jim Dingilian has his own unconventional way, using smoke. To create such landscape bottle with smoke, Dingilian firstly fills bottles with smoke, thus coating their inside surfaces with soot. He then reaches inside and selectively erases certain areas of the soot to revealing the landscape. By using this subtractive drawing method and smartly taking advantage of the roundness of the bottle, Dingilian successfully create multi-layered landscapes that are awe-inspiring in their subtle detail.
We have presented a few smoke art on the site, but today’s is one of the most unique or bizarre one we’ve ever seen. Fernando de La Rocque, a Brazilian artist has redefined the way people view art with his latest series “Blow Job” – creating images of political and religious icons using marijuana smoke. He uses a focused method of inhaling the smoke and then using it to dye predetermined points on a sheet of paper creating the images. Rocque wrote in a press release that “more important than freedom to smoke marijuana is the freedom to think about it and make art with it.” The work is impressive, but the most attention is given to the bizarre technique he used and wonder the amount of marijuana artist must consume in order to make the paintings. [source]