A few Christmases ago, for Homemade Secret Santa, I drew friend Steph’s name, and made her a pair of steel wool spinning cages and the promise of shooting the undoubted photographic amazingness which would come with it. We, uh . . . haven’t gotten around to that but, in the meantime, PRACTICE! =)
My friends (literally; I know, like, all of them) at Kerrisdale Cameras recently held another one of their regular photowalks but, instead of meandering through downtown industrial areas or hiking around a lake, we set steel wool on fire and spun it around in a spatula at the end of a dog leash.
Until the steel wool burned down to embers. I kinda love the fizzle stage of the burn you see below. Slightly less impressive, in a funny way.
Store manager John was the volunteer centrifuge/firestarter and, indeed, though I didn’t bear witness to it myself, I heard tell of a wee little out-of-control spark which transpired prior to my arrival.
The night was everything I hoped it could be, though I plan to aim higher in the future. More planning (well, actual planning), more light, more lenses, and more cameras.
Above is John, and below is Jen. They’re a husband and wife team I’ve known for many years, having met Jen through poi circles (CIRCLES! GET IT??!?) in the mid- to late-aughts. They brought their own fire to the party.
I’ll finish off with a bit of everything: fire, flashes, bunny ear lens flares.
Count on more fire and steel wool in the future on happydesigns.