John Shireman's Broken Flowers Photograph series Break the Mold

By: Wes Walcott - Published: Sep 11, 2012 • References: flickr & petapixel
You might fall to pieces after taking a look at John Shireman's Broken Flowers photograph collection.

To create these images, Shireman first takes a picture of a colorful flower against a pure white background. Then, after dipping the flowers in liquid nitrogen for varying amounts of time, he smashes them to bits using a special spring-loaded device and captures the destruction using a high-speed camera. The result is images with hundreds petal pieces spread out across a white canvas like shards of painted porcelain and broken glass.

Heartbreaking, yet incredibly beautiful at the same time, the images are a reminder of the impermanence and fragility of nature.

To see more of Shireman's amazing floral photography as well as other imagery he's created, check out his Flickr page. Stats for Fractal Flower Photos Trending: Older & Chilly
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