For his photography series Controlled Burns, photographer Kevin Cooley photographs imposing images of fire as it gradually burns itself out.
Meant to serve as a "visual representation of an inherit duality," Controlled Burns symbolizes our constant desire to harness nature for our own needs. Cooley was inspired to create Controlled Burns by the signals that the Papal conclave uses when communicating their choice of a new Pope. The fires in Controlled Burns are photographed as they release massive amounts of smoke into the air, with the fires slowly smoldering.
Kevin Cooley makes note of how fire is the only classical element we can create, and while it has been incredibly important to the survival of our species, it can quickly grow out of control and cause serious damage, Controlled Burns is a reflection on that.
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