In the Bhagvad Gita it says: “Just as a fire is covered by smoke and a mirror is obscured by dust, just as the embryo rests deep within the womb, wisdom is hidden by selfish desire.” Too often, what’s real and truly important is hidden behind the smokescreen of our daily, material lives. What then do we find when all that once concealed the truth from us is taken away? Are we lifted from our ignorance? Do we see our own face reflected in the mirror? Is the fire a flickering candle, a hearth to warm us, or a raging inferno that destroys…? Perhaps what we see isn’t so much the important thing, as is what we do afterward with what we’ve learned. Wisdom is meant to be shared, not hidden, else it serves as much purpose as a lamp under a bushel-basket.
Fusion and Corona tackle the issue of smokescreens and obscurement from a more literal viewpoint, capturing a glimpse of the power, heat, and warmth so often concealed by the roiling smoke and glaring light. Long shutter times soften the appearance of flames and allow sparks to create light trails; increased shutter speeds freeze motion to emphasize the forms assumed by the flames. These particular images were captured using the digital setting designed for fireworks.