In this session Maier explores the nature of fire. His experiments are done using paint on a steel surface , and gasoline and other flamables.

"Fire, indisputably, has deep meaning and symbolism in our collective unconscious. As one the four primeval elements along side earth, water and air, fire has come to symbolize a profound range of opposites, from death and birth, tranquility and rage, creation and destruction, hell and heaven, to light and darkness.

A friend of mine recently told me the other day about her two year old daughter asking "Mommy, where is God? I want to talk to him." She responded, "Well, where do you think He is?" The child responded: "In the fire!"

In the Old testament God speaks to Moses through the burning bush; in the New Testament the Holy spirit manifests in "tongues of fire"; and in Zoroastrianism their 'Sacred Fire' is central to all worship. Since ancient times fire has been used in solemn religious ritual-- candles are lit in mass and other intimate and spiritual occasions. Native Americans spoke of fire spirits incarnate and dancing in the flames. And of course, fire has from the Talmud to Dante symbolized the less pleasant side of the afterlife.

Watching the lithe dance of a candle or a campfire it is easy to see how fire has gained it's religious reputations. In the human experience there has been little else that we have had contact with of such luminous purity and liveliness. Untouchable, immaterial and in a state of pure energy, Fire moves on its own accord, with a life seemingly of its own.

The objective of this session was to let the fire speak for itself. Fire was the subject of the portrait. Using a simple painting of squares to contrast against the fluidity and color of the flames, I focused in this shoot on refining my photographic technique of capturing as vividly as possible the flames. Experimenting with the balance of fuel, lighting, and contrast this session represents much technical headway in capturing my subject."



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title: Touching the astral
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title: Glisten
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title: Curious
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title: Roar
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title: Winter saga
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title: Breath
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title: textured and simple
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title: The old man
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title: Fury
Creation: April, 2004

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title: persevere
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