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During dark times, following a glowing warm path can provide comfort. This is what artist Daniel Barreto found in his most recent art project series, in which he uses a flickering lighter to create endless looping, spiraling trails of fire.
The Boston-based artist’s Instagram account is filled with video posts of mesmerizing, dancing flames. The post above captures individual flames spinning around a Stretlitzia reginae, or bird of paradise, creating a beautiful orange glow on the flower. In other cases he has a person stand amidst the spirals, the flames dancing across their faces.
The loops are created with stop-motion, moving the lighter in different patterns in low light for two to three minutes, reports The Creators Project. The technique makes the individual flames look like they’re floating and being pulled on a conveyor belt.
Barreto started creating these fiery pieces while searching for a means to heal after his grandmother passed away. “The project is about solitude and losing your sight on the illusion of eternity in the infinite loops,” Barreto says.
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