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Creative Flame Art Burns New Life into Matchsticks

Russian photographer Stanislav Aristov, better known by his moniker Pol Tergejst, produces incredibly creative fire and smoke art in his Matches series. Using burned up matchsticks, flames, and wafting smoke, the artist presents a variety of striking visuals. Whether the match is curved, forming the delicate stem of a flower, or straight to serve as the sturdy neck of a guitar, Pol Tergejst provides viewers with an imaginative spectacle to be seen with his medium of choice.

From inanimate objects and animals to a Christmas tree and the Eiffel Tower, no subject is off limits for the artistic photographer. Set against a black backdrop, each figure burns in isolation, emitting its own radiance of life. The photographer says, “Fire as well as smoke sometimes swirls in a very freakish forms, which bring very interesting associations…There is burnt for the past, the smoke of memories left and the untouched part of the match the future. The fire is the life.”

PolTergejst website
Pol Tergejst on 500px
via [garabatos & doodles]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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