60 Eye-Catching Smoke Photography and Smoke Art

by in Inspiration on 15th Dec 2009 · Comments

Smoke photography, also known as smoke art, in its simplest definition is photography or art that features smoke. It can be the subject matter itself or the medium used to create works of art. As a subject matter in smoke photography, its beauty and purity becomes the focal point, resulting in an impressive and inspirational art form. Used as a medium to create an art piece, smoke becomes the 'paint' for artists in which stunning artworks are produced.

Smoke Art
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The beginnings of this art form started with the talented Graham Jeffery of Sensitive Light fame, whose phenomenal photographs reached worldwide recognition via the Web. One of the reasons for the popularity of this art form is perhaps the ease with which smoke can be produced and used. All you need is a matchstick, a camera and a little ingenuity. Smoke art and smoke photography allows the artist to produce alluring and mysterious images with its ethereal quality which is aleatoric. As such, the artist is only limited by his or her own creativity and never the subject matter’s random beauty.

One of the fascinating aspects of smoke photography, especially when mirrored, is the different interpretations and responses it can evoke in people. Due to its random quality, like with the ink blot test or cloud watching, what a particular individual notices will differ greatly from another because we are all individuals with different experiences and personalities. The objects or images we attach to the shapes we see, allows others to have a glimpse of our individual personality. In fact, this may help us to become more imaginative as we try to compare the shape to something we have seen and are more familiar with.

In this article, we present 60 examples of gorgeous smoke photography and smoke art that accentuate the beauty and essence of smoke.

40 Amazing Smoke Photographs

Even without the use of Photoshop and any manipulations, the way smoke forms naturally is beautiful in itself. Sometimes all it takes is a good high-speed strobe flash and the correct exposure to create an amazing piece of smoke photography.

Atomic Explosion
Atomic Explosion

Black Smoke
Black Smoke

BNSF Coil Cars
Bnsf Smoke

Breathing Dragons
Breathing Dragons

Chiesa in Valmalenco
Chiesa in Valmalenco

Cloud and Smoke
Cloud and Smoke

Dark Smoke
Dark Smoke

Disaster in the City
Disaster in the City

Explore Smoke
Explore Smoke

Stadium Smoke
Stadium Smoke

Fountain of Nations
Fountain of Nations

Glow of Etna
Glow of Etna

Delicious
Grilled Chicken

Hart Hope
Hart Hope

Into the Light
Into the light

Lit
Lit

London Smoke
London Smoke

Meztelen Diplomatak
Meztelen Diplomatak

Out of the Smoke
Out of the Smoke

Paradise on Fire
Paradise on Fire

Pearl Harbour
Pearl Harbour

Smoky Pepper Sauce
Pepper Smoke

Popocatepetl
Popocatepetl

Rocking Smoke
Rocking Smoke

Reykur
Reykur

Set Fire
Set Fire

Smoke and Steam
Smoke and Steam

Smoke Bomb
Smoke Bomb

Smoke Cloud
Smoke Cloud

Smoke Fireworks
Smoke Fireworks

Smoke Girl
Smoke Girl

Smoke Kid
Smoke Kid

Smoky Mountain Fog
Smoke Mountain Fog

Smoke Plane
Smoke Plane

Smoke Police
Smoke Police

Smoke the Sky
Smoke the Sky

Smoke Rock
Smoky Rock

Steam Business
Steam Business

Swan Formation
Swan Formation

Yellow Smoke
Yellow Smoke

20 Fabulous Smoke Arts

Take a look at how smoke, in its most basic form, with a touch of ingenuity and a play on colours can create a masterpiece. We hope these 20 works of art will inspire you to have a little fun with the magic of smoke art as well.

Rainbow Smoke
Rainbow Smoke

Waves
Waves

Jessicarunkel Smoke
Jessicarunkel

Finvara Smoke 4
Finvara

Chromatic Smoke
Humble Novice

Meditation
Meditation

Mirrored Color Smoke
Mirrored Color Smoke

Patriot
Patriot

Abstraction
Abstraction

Smoke Art Project 3i
Smoke Art Project 3i

Grey Smoke
Grey Smoke

Smoke II
Nemeziz

Smoke 034
Isostock

Good Wave
Good Wave

Smoke Bee
Smoke Bee

Messy
Messy

Purple Dazzler
Purple Dazzler

Smoke Art
Smoke Art

Orange Smoke
Orange Smoke

Purple Smoke
purple-smoke

Further Resources

To Smoke or Not to Smoke?

Please take note that our intention is not to promote smoking. Although smoke is associated with fire and cigarettes, with this article, we are only looking at how smoke can be used in art and photography and perhaps try to learn more about smoke and its form.

Aidan Huang is a web enthusiast and ingenious blogger who loves all things design, interesting and technology. He is the editor-in-chief at Onextrapixel and have founded several other interesting blogs. Do keep in touch with him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.