Germany-based photographer Martin Klimas created a series of high-speed photographs showing exploding flowers. For this series, he soaked the flowers in liquid nitrogen to make the petals crispy and then he shot them with an air gun from behind.
His latest series consists of flowers that have been frozen in liquid nitrogen, then blasted with an air pistol.
Klimas’s work straddles the line between artistic statement and science experiment and his photo studio often looks like a lab bench.
The creative process in Klimas’s projects usually starts when he finds a 50-100 year old experiment described in an old scientific journal. Then he begins the process of teasing the poetry out of it.
When Klimas talks about “shooting” a subject, he often means it literally in this case blasting delicate flowers with concentrated air. In the past he’s also smashed vases of flowers and freeze-dried vegetables with metal projectiles.
“I often use scientific processes to create new photographs,” says Klimas. “There’s a good chance to find hidden imagery there.”
Klimas cites Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon album cover as an inspiration for how art can reveal the beauty underlying science.
Pics of Exploding Flowers From a Master of High-Speed Photography Martin Klimas: