First presented in 2009 for his graduate exhibition at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, Geoffrey H. Short has been receiving a lot of attention these days for his ongoing, fantastically fiery series "Towards Another (Big Bang) Theory." The photographer hired film industry special effects technicians to create "big bangs" on the black sands of New Zealand's west coast using fossil fuel mixed with gunpowder as his materials. Each of the big bangs is made in mid-air in order to minimize damage to the environment.
These actual, staged explosions were created to explore risk, terror, beauty and death. They ask us to reflect on the original big bang of creation as well as think about more modern big bangs caused by terrorist bombs or nuclear disasters.