Art Projects Involving Fire = Bad Idea

Mood: chipper
Listening to: The Simpsons – Series 16, Episode 10
Thought of the day: I need to start being healthy!

I’m normally on Deviant Art but even though it’s alledgedly celebrating its 7th birthday it’s still an incredibly (and sometimes infuriatingly) buggy site. So I clicked on Scott James Prebble’s RedBubble to see what it was all about. And so far I’m liking it. I really want to share my photos but also enjoy the work of others! As much as I love Deviant Art, there are a few too many teens posting photos from their drunken nights out…

I tried something new last night that had rather drastic results. My boyfriend was out sailing so I had the room to myself and decided to dedicate an hour or two to setting up a few shoots. My first idea was to use incense sticks and cones to set up a little village of sorts and take photos at a slow shutter speed. The sticks were held up with bluetack and after blocking out the light by putting a coat over the skylight I began lighting the incense, starting with the little cones. We’re talking in the region of about 30 sticks and 20 cones. What I hadn’t planned on was the heat from the cones melting the bluetack and making the sticks unstable or my lighter running out. I soon began to realise that carrying this out with nothing but a sheet of card between the incense and the carpet was a bad idea. With the door and skylight closed the room filled up with smoke pretty quickly and my eyes were watering like mad as I frantically tried putting out the incense before the sticks fell over and burnt through to the carpet. The sticks I managed fine but the thing about those incense cones is they don’t have anything you can lift them by – they’re completely made of incense. About 3 of them burnt through the card leaving little circular black marks on the carpet, the rest I managed to put out by pouring a sake cup of water over. Oddly enough the bowl was only there because I was shooting water droplets on flowers the night before. So yeah, the skylight was flung open and once all the embers went out I chucked them in the bin, all except one which managed to roll across the floor, burn yet another patch on the carpet and a patch on my foot when I stood on it later. Kids: don’t play with fire! Hehe, you’d think I’d have learned from the time I accidentally set my bedroom carpet on fire when I was 12. Pyromaniac… me?

Needless to say I decided not to try any of my other photo ideas that evening. Hehehe.

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