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Curious Photos Reveal What’s inside of Our Favorite Fireworks

Today is the Fourth of July holiday in the United States, so it seems like the perfect time for Andrew Waits' series entitled Boom City. His photographs catalogue the colorful fireworks sold for this very occasion; specifically, those that are purchased north of Seattle, Washington in the Tulaip reservation. It's there that families visit hundreds of vendors to obtain cherry bombs, roman candles, firecrackers, bottle rockets, and more. After they've made their purchases, they can set off them off in the open field that's next to the stands.

Waits' ongoing project features a cross section of these small items that dazzle adults and children alike. We see a mixture of combustible powders and wicks that are tightly bound into a neat package. There's an odd beauty to each photograph as the candy-colored hues rest against a pitch-black background. The photographer creates an interesting juxtaposition between their presentation here (quiet and unassuming) with their intended use as bright and boisterous celebratory objects.

Above: Mighty Cracker

Lightning Flash
Orange Ammo Smoke
Blue Thunder Roman Candle
World Class Clay Color Smoke Ball
Flying Color Butterflies Rocket
Moon Travelers Bottle Rocket
Ground Bloom Flower
Pop Its

Andrew Waits website
via [Feature Shoot]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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