In his spare time, Jeff Johnson likes to create and shoot animated firework displays for his family, as well as a variety of other creative projects.
These include a Lego Firebird and a replica of the iconic Eiffel Tower.
But when it comes to his art, Johnson has been somewhat hesitant to share his work online.
“I don’t think I can do that,” he says.
“Because if I did, I wouldn’t be able to put it out.”
For his latest work, Johnson decided to get creative.
The result is a series of video projections of the three iconic firebreathing birds.
Johnson uses his own camera to project the video on the glass, which he uses to rotate 360 degrees.
When the glass is set up, he turns the bird to face the viewer.
In a moment of triumph, Johnson lets go of the bird and shoots it.
Johnson says that the work is a “very personal experience” and that he hopes his video art inspires other people to make their own firework shows.
“It is a visual expression of what I feel about fire,” he tells Ars.
“That’s something that I hope people feel a connection to, even if it’s not directly connected to the fire itself.”