Gallery: Jon Shireman’s Broken Flowers Explode with Intensity

 

Beauty is truly fleeting, especially when it is frozen in liquid nitrogen and shattered by a spring-loaded contraption.  New York photographer Jon Shireman immerses flowers for up to 30 minutes in LN2, and rockets them into a hard surface, recording their destruction with a high speed camera for his 2010 “Broken Flowers” project.  Displayed against a stark white background, the blooms resemble splintered china plates or floral fireworks.

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