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100 Self-Destructing Captures

From Unraveling Body Artwork to Shattering Sensei Photography

— May 27, 2012 — Art & Design
These brilliant self-destructing captures demonstrate the beauty of imperfections in art, photography, advertising and design. Flaws bring individuality and one-of-a-kind attributes that are achieved through self-infliction or the passage of time.

The dripping, shattering and unraveling characteristics capture the audience's attention as they ponder about the story behind the image. Whether the destructive qualities are achieved by the artist themselves, digital processes or natural means, the results are bewitching. With the help of high-speed cameras and computer-generated effects, advertisers and photographers can capture moments unseen by the human eye. The illusionistic effect can also be created using traditional mediums like watercolor, wax and ordinary graphite.

You can't help but stop and stare at these apocalyptic sites. These self-destructing captures prove beauty comes from unexpected moments.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Exciting Edible Explosives
Exciting Edible Explosives
The Braquier Chocolate Bomb Ushers in the New Year with a Sweet Bang
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99
Melting Metropolis Artwork
Melting Metropolis Artwork
Daniel Castan Paints New York City as Subtle Yet Chaotic
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98
Past-Destroying Dioramas
Past-Destroying Dioramas
Man with Axe by Liliana Porter Revolves Around a Large Wreckage
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97
Kaleidoscopic Visage Visuals
Kaleidoscopic Visage Visuals
Chamo San Renders Abstract Faces with Puzzling Aesthetics
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96
Dripping Claymation Phantoms
Dripping Claymation Phantoms
The Allison Schulnik Mound Clip is Creepy and Haunting
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95
Spray-Painted Button Portraits
Spray-Painted Button Portraits
Joe Black's 'No More Heroes' Series is a Comment on Western Society
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94
Milky Metallic Designs
Milky Metallic Designs
'Material Splash' by Zeitguised is Liquid-Textured
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93
Splashing Fragrance Ads
Splashing Fragrance Ads
This 'Puma Urban Motion' Campaign Leverages Brand Recognition
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92
Explosive Dessert Endorsements
Explosive Dessert Endorsements
The Breyers Blasts April 2011 Ads Positively Pack a Punch
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91
Chaotic Cycle Canvasses
Chaotic Cycle Canvasses
This Andre Petterson Work Has Messy Movement
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90
Eerie Oozing Portraits
Eerie Oozing Portraits
Timothy Pakron Leaves You Emotional Vulnerable and Provoked
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89
Fleeting Knowledge Ads
Fleeting Knowledge Ads
Energia School Promos Encourage Solid Educational Foundation
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88
Elegantly Ascending Droplets
Elegantly Ascending Droplets
Heinz Maier Uses High-Speed Photography to Capture Water at its Best
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87
Decadently Decayed Shoots
Decadently Decayed Shoots
The Klaus Pichler ‘One Third' Series Reveals the Rotten Natu
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86
Disappearing People Depictions
Disappearing People Depictions
Dan Voinea Paints Images of Subjects Passing Through Objects
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85
Explosive Candy Spreads
Explosive Candy Spreads
The Crystaline Dazed and Confused Editorial is a Rainbow of Eccentricity
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84
Earth-Shattering Shoes
Earth-Shattering Shoes
The Nike Shox Ad Campaign Tears up the Ground
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83
Explosive Eye-Popping Paintings
Explosive Eye-Popping Paintings
These Kim Hyo-Suk Acrylic Paintings Morph Humans and Architecture
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82
Explosive Rocketography
Explosive Rocketography
Ben Cooper Captures the Awe-Inspiring Delta 4-Heavy Rocket
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81
Disintegrating Insect Ads
Disintegrating Insect Ads
The Invaders Pest Control Campaign is Modern and Minimalist
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80
Explosive Art Installations
Explosive Art Installations
Alexander Farto Creates his Poignant Artworks with Live Ammunition
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79
Shattering Gaming Art
Shattering Gaming Art
The Dan Saelinger Xbox 360 Explosion is a Gamer's Nightmare
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78
Hand Grenade Colognes
Hand Grenade Colognes
Viktor & Rolf 'Spicebomb' Looks Like It's Ready to Blow
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77
Disappearing Body Portraits
Disappearing Body Portraits
Dan Voinea Paintings Distort Human Interactions
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76
People-Infused Pixelated Portraits
People-Infused Pixelated Portraits
Artist Craig Alan Uses Humans to Create his Giant Works of Art
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75
Explosive Charcoal Art
Explosive Charcoal Art
Robert Longo Draws Up Massive Explosions in Vivid Black and White Detail
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74
Water Droplet Photography
Water Droplet Photography
Jim Kramer Uses High-Speed Photography to Capture Unique Shots
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73
Shattering Vasetography
Shattering Vasetography
Ken Hermann Captures the Moment Before the Moment
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72
Unbelievable Balloon Poptography
Unbelievable Balloon Poptography
Mk Adagio Captures Outstanding Slow Motion Scenes
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71
Exploding Flower Photography
Exploding Flower Photography
The Ela Zubrowska Color Flowers Series Modernizes the Delicate Plant
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70
Dissolving Mirrors
Dissolving Mirrors
The Addiction Collection Will Tear Your Vanity to Pieces
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69
Fading Phantom Photography
Fading Phantom Photography
These Kalliope Amorphous Captures are Ghostly
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68
Pixel-Spilling Ads
Pixel-Spilling Ads
The Ariel Pro Ad Promotes Inevitable Spilling
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67
Killer Combustion Photography
Killer Combustion Photography
The Herczeg and Kaehr Explosion Series Causes Fireworks
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66
Floral Explosion Photography
Floral Explosion Photography
Bryan Warakomski's Flower Study Series Highlights Life and Death
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65
Shattering Sensei Photography
Shattering Sensei Photography
Martin Klimas Captures Images of Exploding Dolls
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64
Splattered Paint Editorials
Splattered Paint Editorials
The Glamor Netherlands Fashion Explosion Shoot is Edgy
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63
High-Speed Java Photography
High-Speed Java Photography
Jack Long's Coffee Drops Series Will Awaken Your Senses
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62
Shatter Holiday Ornaments
Shatter Holiday Ornaments
The War Against Christmas Shakes Up the Traditional Bulb
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61
Deliberately Destroyed Artwork
Deliberately Destroyed Artwork
Valerie Hagerty Shows Nothing Lasts Forever
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60
Destroyed Art Exhibits
Destroyed Art Exhibits
Antonio Cachola Showcases Amazing Works of Art in 'Museum in Ruins'
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59
Explosive Seaside Shoots
Explosive Seaside Shoots
The Craig Easton Photos Set Ablaze Nature's Finest
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58
Ethereal Ecological Artworks
Ethereal Ecological Artworks
'Disastro Ecologico' by Alberto Seveso is a Ghostly Collection
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57
Disappearing Landscape Art
Disappearing Landscape Art
'The Disconnect' by Matthew Weatherstone Captures a Fading Connection
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56
Neon Egg Explosions
Neon Egg Explosions
'100 mph!!!' from Henry Hargreaves is an Eye-Popping Art Project
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55
Disquieting Dustography
Disquieting Dustography
Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards Sweeps 'Dust' Into Art
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54
Explosive Face Paintings
Explosive Face Paintings
In This Yumi Nakata Art Series, Rainbow Rage Oozes from Hot Heads
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53
Apocalyptic Auto Ads
Apocalyptic Auto Ads
The Volkswagen GTI 'Tunnel Vision' Promo is Exhilarating
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52
Shattered Glass Cathedrals
Shattered Glass Cathedrals
Claudio Parmiggiani Makes Conceptual Art
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51
Chameleon Couture Shoots
Chameleon Couture Shoots
'Boho Chic' by Laura Vanagaityte is a Technicolor Fashion Fantasy
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50
Liquifying Licker Illustrations
Liquifying Licker Illustrations
Olivier Lutaud Depicts Surreal Melting Skulls Tongues and Tattoos
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49
Dissolving Human Depictions
Dissolving Human Depictions
Raul Urias Illustrates People as They Evaporate into Thin Air
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48
Explosive Photography
Explosive Photography
The Reknowned Holger Pooten Loves to Make an Impact
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47
Dripping Logos
Dripping Logos
Street Art By Zevs
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46
Explosive Ice Cream Ads
Explosive Ice Cream Ads
Driver & Aguilar's Magnum Campaign is Bursting With Flavor
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45
Exploding Brain Drawings
Exploding Brain Drawings
Masha Vereshchenko Works in Pencil and Ink
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44
Fake Exploding Light Bulbs
Fake Exploding Light Bulbs
Northern Lighting 'Scheisse' Fixture
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43
Artfully Destroyed Furniture
Artfully Destroyed Furniture
Matylda Krzykowski's 'MO' Project is About Beaten Chairs
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42
Colorful Car Campaigns
Colorful Car Campaigns
Le Creative Sweatshop's Renault Twizy Ads are Explosively Vibrant
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41
Shattered Glass Shoots
Shattered Glass Shoots
'Still' by Claus Bellers Captures the Moment of Impact
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40
Explosive Movement Paintings
Explosive Movement Paintings
Scott Belcastro's Artwork is Darkly Surreal
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39
Shattered Glass Photography
Shattered Glass Photography
Atelier Olschinsky Reveals the Beauty in Fragmentation
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38
Surreal Evaporating Subjects
Surreal Evaporating Subjects
Michael Molloy Renders People Disintegrating into Thin Air
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37
Frozen-in-Time Photography
Frozen-in-Time Photography
From Splashing to Smashed Piggy Banks
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36
Real Food Explosions As Economic Metaphors
Real Food Explosions As Economic Metaphors
NY Times Magazine Food Issue
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35
Bright Exploding Heads
Bright Exploding Heads
"Acid in the Ice Cream" Illustration Series by Zach Johnsen
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34
Disintegrating Furniture
Disintegrating Furniture
These Malgorzata Mozolewska's Chairs Look Like They're Wasting Away
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33
Shattered Sneakers
Shattered Sneakers
Phoks' 'NighKee Serie' of Digital Art is Explosive
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32
Surreal Fiery Photography
Surreal Fiery Photography
Hung Ng's Black Fire Series is Dark and Dramatic
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31
Deconstructed Motorcycle Ads
Deconstructed Motorcycle Ads
'Build Yours' Print Ad for Harley Davidson by Brock Davis
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30
LSD Vision Photography
LSD Vision Photography
The Rob Carter 'Travelling Still' Captures are Trippy
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29
Melting Maiden Sculptures
Melting Maiden Sculptures
Diana Al-Hadid's In Mortal Repose Explores the Fragility of Humans
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28
Shattered Glass Walls
Shattered Glass Walls
An All-White Amsterdam Apartment Interior Designed by i29 Architects
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27
Disintegrating Illustrations
Disintegrating Illustrations
Sam Weber Draws Dark, Moody and Surreal Images
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26
Exploding Vases
Exploding Vases
Perfectly-Timed Photography
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25
Unraveling Body Artwork
Unraveling Body Artwork
Ayaka Ito's Scribbled Line People Series is Spectacularly Surreal
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24
Ink-Splattered Illustrations
Ink-Splattered Illustrations
Rubens Lp Creates Explosions of Bright Pop Culture
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23
Chaotic Smeared Paint Portraits
Chaotic Smeared Paint Portraits
Vadi Tkachev Distills Beautiful Women Out of Anarchic Splatters
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22
Superimposed Celebs Collages
Superimposed Celebs Collages
Lola Dupre Cuts and Pastes to Create Fascinating Portraits
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21
Vividly Explosive Art
Vividly Explosive Art
These Kelsey Brookes Illustrations are Deliciously Pink
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20
Digital Urban Drainage
Digital Urban Drainage
Pixel Pour 2.0 is Creeping from the Sewers of New York City
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19
Melting Statue Replicas
Melting Statue Replicas
Urs Fischer Creates Wax Sculpture of The Rape of the Sabine Women
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18
Nature-Shaping Monuments
Nature-Shaping Monuments
Andy Goldsworthy Creates Art that Develops a Life of its Own
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17
Disintegrating Animal Advertising
Disintegrating Animal Advertising
This WWF Desertification Campaign Pictures Creatures Crumbling
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16
Tie Dye Watertography
Tie Dye Watertography
Lindend Gledhill Captures Extreme Water Droplets
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15
High-Speed Droplet Photography
High-Speed Droplet Photography
10 Liquid Sculptures
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14
Dripping Figurative Paintings (UPDATE)
Dripping Figurative Paintings (UPDATE)
The Silvia Pelissero Illustrations are Visually Striking
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13
Dripping Paint Portraiture
Dripping Paint Portraiture
Silvia Pelissero Methodically Illustrates Faces with Unstable Streaks
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12
Chaotic Floating Photography
Chaotic Floating Photography
The Maria Netsounski 'Passion Dream In-Flight' Series is Surreal
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11
High-Speed Photography
High-Speed Photography
Exploding Objects Frozen in Time
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10
Paint-Bleeding Portraits
Paint-Bleeding Portraits
Street Artist Dain Fuses Mixed Media, Wheatpasting and Collage
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9
Evaporating Model Photography
Evaporating Model Photography
Smoke by Stefano Bonazzi is Half Human and Half Vapor
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8
Paint-Exploding Photography
Paint-Exploding Photography
Gabrield Wickbold Plays With Fire and Ice
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7
3D Activism Ad
3D Activism Ad
Graphic Anti-Whaling Campaign
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6
Bursting High-Speed Photography
Bursting High-Speed Photography
The Explosive Air Rifle Images of Alan Sailer
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5
Paint-Splashing Portraits
Paint-Splashing Portraits
'Indigo People' by Liquid Place Gives a Dressed-Up Model a Blue Bath
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4
Explosive Liquid Shoots
Explosive Liquid Shoots
Edward Horsford Popped Water Balloon Photography Makes a Splash
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3
Gravity-Defying Installations
Gravity-Defying Installations
German Artist Cornelia Konrads Explores the Temporality of Objects
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2
Time-Destroying Digital Art
Time-Destroying Digital Art
Norvz Austria Creates Darkly Surreal Masterpieces
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1
Abandoned Shopping Malls
Abandoned Shopping Malls
Brian Ulrich Captures Recessionary Fallout and Urban Decay
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