Beauty is indeed fleeting, especially when it is frozen in liquid nitrogen and smashed on a hard surface. New York photographer Jon Shireman soaked various flowers in a liquid nitrogen bath for up to 30 minutes to rocket them into a hard platform, recording their destruction with a high speed camera. The result is a mosaic out of shattered pieces, provoking questions as to our fascination with destruction, aesthetics, and dominion over nature. Jon described the project as 'Great fun' and says 'I like to turn the idea of traditional flower still lifes on its head sometimes'.
All images © Jon Shireman