Tom Lacosteis a 23-year-old self-taught photographer based out of Bordeaux in Southern France. While most people do light painting using flashlights, sparklers, and perhaps flaming steel wool if they’re adventurous enough, Lacoste chooses to photograph flames. Large flames.
In an interview he did with Pxleyes earlier this year, he states,
Fire is my main subject, and it was my first love in photography, because at the beginning, what you see on the screen is nothing you could imagine at the moment when you’re taking the picture. Besides, I’m colour-blind, and the natural colours of fire are easier to see for me than other hues of the spectrum.
In most of my photos, the biggest part of the work is done when I shoot.The camera settings must be adapted with the speed of the flame, and they are different if you take a fire breather, a juggler…
His main career? He works as a circus juggler, and is currently attending a Circus School where he’s studying juggling, acrobatics, and hand-balancing — skills that help him a lot in his fire photography.
All his photographs are shot using a Canon 5D Mark I with a number of prime lenses. Photographs showing what he calls “fire curtains” were shot using a “very big wick”.
You can find much more of Lacoste’s work over in his Flickr photo stream.