Fire Spiral #1

I really like the work of Stu Jenks and I decided to give the whole flaming spiral thing a try. For this shot, I taped a Zippo lighter to a wire clothes hanger that I had dismantled. I then stood on a ladder and swung the flaming contraption in a spiral around the rock. As you can see, it’s very difficult to get nice concentric circles using this method. However, since it’s my first attempt, I’ll let it slide. ;-)




  1. Brian says:

    The spiral looks great to me, Andy – your use of interesting techniques is always eye opening

  2. This is cool as hell, I love the colors, and how the rock just seems to be glowing. Look forward to seeing more of these.

  3. Rob says:

    Love it, and especially as it was a first attempt. Success I would say.

    And nice job of describing how it was done too.

  4. pierre says:

    Amazing stuff
    well done and thanks for sharing this technique

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  6. Dan says:

    Wow. Very cool effect. What a great idea. Nice photo creation.

  7. jmfausti says:

    That is an amazing photo. Nice work!

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  9. rachel says:

    that’s neat, looks almost like a snake

  10. pixibition says:

    really cool…the motion of the twist flame r fantastic…great capture:-)

  11. AsceticMonk says:

    Almost magical!

  12. Sam says:

    Looks very interesting. Great work!

  13. KK says:

    holy cow!!! this is bloody amazing!!!

  14. Paul says:

    Very cool shot!

  15. dave says:

    awesome. and thanks for sharing how it was done!

  16. cary says:

    Wow. The creative juices have no bounds! I think I’ll list that one for my choice until I win again… :)

  17. Lisa says:

    this is a great piece!

  18. Captoe says:

    I think it looks great just the way it is. Are you familiar with the work of Andy Goldsworthy? You might like it…

  19. Ling says:

    Ohhhh so cool! I might give it a try!

  20. Kevin says:

    I love it Andy, great shot. How did you keep the zippo from going out, did you just swing it slowly?

  21. tuan says:

    definitely cool! very psychadelic, I can just imagine a group of hippes salivating over this image.

  22. Charlotte says:

    Yep wicked shot – that’s it, I’ve decided I’m going to have a go too!

  23. brita lomba says:

    This photo was well worth the effort you went to – its a crazy, alive and wondrous spiral. I really like your site.

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  25. zac says:

    damn that’s hot! ;)

  26. a fire sculpture is an awsome idea!
    great photo!

  27. Ed says:

    Unbelievable. That’s an incredible shot. I can’t believe that was your first attempt. Bravo.

  28. Stu Jenks says:

    Nice job…yea, to get a nice organic line that looks naturally occuring is tough…but very nice job…..honored that you took my idea to another level


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