Color Combustion

Throughout United States history, important events have been celebrated in a variety of ways. One common theme is the use of explosives, specifically fireworks. Fireworks were originally invented in China, after the creation of gunpowder in the 12th century. They were used to ward of evil spirits during the celebration of Chinese holidays. American culture has been using fireworks in a similar way: to celebrate historical accomplishments, since as early as 1777.

My project focuses on the moments in time when fireworks are used, and I have documented this tradition of light and sound for the last three years.  I have focused on the formation and movement of the explosives, and captured multiple colors, shapes and forms. For this project I experimented with negative space, using the night sky as my background. This project documents the use of fireworks during moments of celebration in American culture and demonstrates the complex visual layers these moments create.

Digital Prints 16″ x 16″

© REBECCA L. HOLMSTROM      ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

© REBECCA L. HOLMSTROM ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

© REBECCA L. HOLMSTROM ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

© REBECCA L. HOLMSTROM ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

© REBECCA L. HOLMSTROM ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

© REBECCA L. HOLMSTROM ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

© REBECCA L. HOLMSTROM ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

© REBECCA L. HOLMSTROM ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

© REBECCA L. HOLMSTROM ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

4 Responses “Color Combustion” →

  1. rlholmstrom

    August 6, 2009

    Thanks for the comment and for stopping by Jason!

    Reply

  2. rlholmstrom

    August 6, 2009

    Dave, thanks so much! I am definately going to take up your advice with the numbering… I still have PLENTY more work to add so your advice is very helpful!

    Reply
  3. Again, great work. I like the two on the left. You should number your shots so viewers can offer comments on a particular photo. You’re obviously very talented.

    Reply

  4. jasonshurtleff

    August 3, 2009

    Those are some impressive photos. I like them all very nice.

    Reply

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