Abstract smoke from a fire – about the Wildfire images – Kenneth Rimm
The Wildfire series comprises of abstract photographs of fire & smoke from a fire on a field.
The images are created out of coincidences, but at the same time they reflects a time in life, where all seemed black & hopeless.
The contrast between the pitch black smoke & the beams of sunlight, constant fight to gain power without luck.
The swirl of smoke, fire & clouds in the strong wind constantly created abstract images in the sky, replaced by the next seconds later.
The fire started quickly & was over a few hours later, like life that can seem long & chaotic, but is fragile & short.
Like the Satellites series the abstract shapes & colors are enhanced & reworked more like an abstract painting.
“The Wildfire series were photographed very quick & spontaneous, very much like the fire started.
Normally images are in a very long process from idea to the final fine art print. But in this case I had to seize the moment, before it was to late.
I was inside working on a hot summer afternoon when a huge cloud of smoke filled the sky. It looked like the whole neighborhood was on fire at first glance.
Slightly shocking, but mostly I thought it looked pretty fantastic. I quickly grabbed the Hasselblad and a few lenses, and jumped on my bike to find a good spot, which turned out to be pretty tricky.
The wind was very hard, so the smoke was moving fast & unpredictable. A nearby field was on fire & because of the strong wind, it was spreading fast.
The fantastic shapes of the smoke, mixed with the clouds in the sky, was constantly moving & creating new images, soon to be gone a second later.
I tried to keep this momentum in the process & started working on the images straight away, and released them on my website, as soon as I was happy with them, without worrying to much about the details. Something that is easier said than done for me.
When the time came to make the final prints, I spend 2-3 weeks working on them again, before they were ready to print & frame ”
The cause of the fire is still unknown & luckily no one was harmed.
Installation view from the Wildfire photography exhibition in Denmark during Copenhagen Photo Festival
All exhibition prints are in limited edition size 80×103 cm (image size 70×93cm) / 31,5×40,6 in. (image size 27,6×36,6 in.) framed in solid smoked oak on Dibond mount.
The whole stem of the tree is used, which makes each frame unique, showing all the texture & growth rings of the tree.
All images & text © Kenneth Rimm 2020