What a bright idea! Artist creates explosive images by shooting light bulbs filled with colourful objects

An artist has created a series of explosive images – by SHOOTING light bulbs filled with colourful objects.

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The colourful splash of a light bulb filled with chalk

Jon Smith, 29, uses everything from water to paint and even ground chalk to create his rainbow-like art.

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Photographer, Jon Smith, filled the light bulbs with a range of items and materials to create the incredible images

His clever set up includes a sound trigger hooked up to a disposable camera modified to use just the flash.

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The photographer used his pellet gun to shoot through each light bulb

The camera, on a two second shutter speed, only sees the bulb when the flash goes off capturing the exact moment of destruction.

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By using a triggered flash, Jon was able to capture the moment the glass explodes


Jon, from Fishers in Indiana, USA, said: “I started with regular light bulbs but after shooting a few I wondered what it would look like if I filled them with water.

“Then I wanted to see what it would look like if I filled them with a thicker mixture.

“From there it just became a game trying to figure out the best materials and ways to shoot a light bulb.

“A lot of the shots are a one-time deal; I either get it or I don’t.

“For some of the shots I spend a lot of time in the planning phase.

“I’ll have an idea of what I want the end result to look like and from there I need to figure out the best way to try and make it happen.

“For some of the bulbs I use ground up chalk pastels, so I have to grind each colour individually using a mortar and pestle.”

High speed snapper Jon credits his photography for saving his life when he was dealing with depression.

He added: “I was dealing with a lot of depression and anxiety and used this new found art form as an escape.

“I use a sound trigger that is hooked up to a disposable camera modified to use just the flash.

“The flash is triggered when I fire the pellet gun so the microphone is placed about 10ft away from my setup to allow for a slight delay.

“I have my camera on a tripod with a 10 second timer. After I set my focus and start the timer, I turn off the lights, line up my shot and wait for the shutter to open.

“I use a two second shutter speed to give me enough time to take the shot.

“Because all the lights are off, the camera only ‘sees’ the bulbs when the flash goes off which is the moment of impact.”

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