Kevin Cooley’s ‘Controlled Burns’ Shows The Beauty Of Fire

Kevin Cooley - Controlled Burn

Controlled Burns is a series of imposing images by the American photographer Kevin Cooley. Consisting of large, swirling clouds of smoke, these photographs are as beautiful as they are dramatic.

For Cooley, these images serve as a metaphor for opposition. “Fire is a powerful natural force that we harness for greater good” he says, “it is the only Classical element that we can create on demand, yet when out of control it has the potential for grave destruction”. At the heart of this series lies a simple duality – we can create fire and yet fire brings destruction.

Kevin Cooley - Controlled Burn

Kevin Cooley - Controlled Burn

Cooley is best known as a landscape photographer and video artist who specializes in night photogrpahy. Over the last number of years he has exhibited throughout the US as well as in several European cities. You can see more of his work on his website here.

Kevin Cooley - Controlled Burn

Kevin Cooley - Controlled Burn

Philip Kennedy

February 26, 2014 / By

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