File this under, “Crazy things photographers do, that no one should ever try, even though the photos came out super cool and no one got hurt…”
The National Fire Protection Association reports that each 4th of July, thousands of people get injured (or worse) from consumer fireworks. Because fireworks are dangerous, therefore stuff like what you are about to see in the following video, probably shouldn’t be attempted. That being said, we are creatives and as such, we often do crazy stuff where we throw all shreds of common sense out the window in an attempt to do something different and usually pretty cool. It’s risky and dangerous and this article would’ve been much different had something gone wrong in this shoot. Mom lecture aside, the images did turn out very cool and interesting, but I don’t recommend trying it for the safety of you and your clients.
Jake Harsh, a photographer based in Nashville, Tennessee was hired to create a one-of-a-kind photoshoot for electro-pop band, Hand of Hearts. Jake got free reign to create something spectacular and that he did. Using 18lbs of fireworks, Jake stood the band members of Hand of Hearts in the middle of a room wearing only sunglasses for protection. Props to the band members for just standing there and looking super cool and rockstar-y while fireworks unpredictably exploded around them.
Aside from “a few burn marks and some hair smoldering,” Jake writes in his blog post, the fire extinguisher that was readily available was not needed. Jake also used trial and error to figure out lighting, throwing all lighting rules out the window, as “when you’ve got sparks and strobes going off at random times, it’s not the moment to get all Photography 101 on anybody.”
Watch Photographer Shoots Band Engulfed in 18 Pounds of Fireworks
Personally, I would’ve prefered to do something like this in Photoshop, but then again, I’m a wimp and there would be no cool story to tell afterwards.