The coloring and crispness of this collection of smoke photography will lead people to believe that they are digital illustrations rather than the real thing. In reality, they are high definition captures that allowed the photographer to really hone in on the unique patterns created by their ephemeral substance.
Shot by Thomas Herbrich, his smoke photography was comprised of over 100,000 shots, which he managed to whittle down to 20. Interestingly, Colossal points out, "It’s fascinating to see how the brain tries to create order out of chaos, just like looking up at the clouds, suddenly familiar patterns seem to stand out: faces, hands, or scrolls of paper." It is this individual narrative with the collection of smoke photography that makes the series particularly special to those who view it.