08 Monday 08th November 2010
Alexander James’ photographic series Fusion captures vivid colour, with a shock of light and energy, and the charred remains of natural beauty. From the middle of a sphere of beautiful exotic flowers, with the darkest black background, using a basic chemical reaction he shoots a volt of energy through the stems and captures the firework on film. The end result is absolutely stunning.
James wanted these powerful images to convey society's hunger for consumerist destruction. I don't think many people could take this collection in and not be reminded of the BP oil spill, the destruction that a glitch in a man-made system can cause on the natural calm and beauty of oblivious nature. While the photos are jaw-dropping and hypnotising, they come with a slightly more sinister, underlying message about a worrying environmental and political issue.
It makes us remember the transience of life. One moment we are a glorious spark of energy and colour, the next we are nothing more than a grey dust to be swept up and thrown away.
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