Behind the scenes: Cutting light
This is a photo I’ve worked with for a few months. I’ve never really worked with fire, so I saw it as an experiment, but the idea was to let the lamp beam cut through basically anything that would come in its way.
Photographer: Erik Johansson
I knew that I had to build it up piece by piece because it would be quite hard to shoot the fire at the apartment.
I shot a fire ring made up of lighter fuel and sawdust outside in a controlled environment.
I shot the smoke separately to be able to put it where I wanted.
I then shot the empty room and the model to have something to start with. All lit from below with the fire in mind as a light source.
To make sure I got the cut of the light beam right I made a simple 3D model of the space in Google SketchUp. I don’t normally use 3D software in my work, but using photo match in SketchUp is a great way to see where an object should be placed in a 3-dimentional space.
Here are 100 % crops of the different parts of the photo:
I would be happy to hear your thoughts or ideas about the photo or process.