German photographer Martin Klimas is known for his work surrounding high speed photography to capture moments otherwise invisible to the human eye.
Through his own experimentation with motion and the cause and effect in gravity, Klimas’ photographs explore relationships with time, beauty and destruction.
In his series Flowers, a spring-fired projectile bursts the base of the vase into a bedlam of fragmented pieces.
In each photograph, Klimas shows the transformation of solid object into one that is in between, a temporary sculpture that comes together for a moment, creating a comforting notion that something beautiful can be created out of chaos.
Flawlessly arranged flower vases are shot by steel balls and captured at the moment of their destruction.
When hit by the projectiles, glass vases shatter, and ceramic and stoneware vases burst into large fragments.
What interests Klimas is not so much the moment of impact as the transformation taking place in one seven-thousandth of a second.
While the top half of the photograph remains poised in an absolutely harmonious still life, utter chaos has erupted below.
The contrast of motionlessness and top speed explodes the triteness of the subject.
The simultaneous presence of two distinct states and the improbable serenity of the pictures are positively spellbinding.