Shooting fire is difficult, because it is amorphous, its shape constantly changing. This is half the fun, because you never know what your photo is going to be until you see, you can only have a vague idea. But flames are undeniably interesting visually, full of energy and color, and their flickering form taking on an enormous variety of textures, sometimes giving the appearance of floating liquid, other times like folds of fabric tearing and dissolving into the air.
Flames are not entirely untamable, however. A skilled photographer can influence flames by blowing on them or moving them through the air to create solid streaks of burning red light. Lastly, a photographer knows that flames also have an immense symbolic presence in a photo. They represent heat, passion, destruction, violence, energy, life, and light. All of these can be used to one’s advantage, if properly contextualized in the composition of the photo.
These are various photos of fire taken by PicsArtists. To share your own images of fire, tag them with #fire.