I’m sure we all know someone who likes to blow things up for fun in the garage, but I’m not sure how many people have thought of stuffing lightbulbs full of flowers, chalk dust, bottle caps, and ball bearings and THEN blowing them up. (Kids, don’t try this at home.) Jonathan Smith, a chemist from Indiana, did just that when he started shooting these high-speed photos during a dark period of struggle with depression.
And it saved his life.
He says, “It’s not what it looks like before. And it’s not what it looks like after it’s been shot. It’s that one brief moment when it’s breaking apart that really captures the beauty in the destruction. It helped me realize that I need to focus on now – to live in the moment. The lightbulb was really a symbol of light in a really dark time for me.”
Take a minute today to reach out to someone who might be struggling with depression – you never know, that phone call might just be the exploding lightbulb they needed.
More of my favorite photos at this link and below (source: Jonathan Smith):