I came across this series of photographs, and I thought them both inventive and hilarious: Martin Klimas dropped various porcelain figurines and photographed them at the moment of impact. He set up a sound trigger, so that the picture would be taken automatically from the sound of the crash as the porcelain hits the ground after a 3-meter fall.
The genius of what the photographer did is really set in the types of figurines he used…
All the figurines are of various martial arts people, in the midst of some pose or some kind of a fight. So when the figurines hit the floor, all of the sudden what was a serene and frozen sculpture becomes alive with energy. The violence of the crash as the figurines hit the floor translates to the violence of the figurine’s pose in a very interesting way… Well, it’s easier for you to see them rather than for me to try and explain any more… But look at the amazing ways that the energy of the pieces as they break away from the whole follows the static energy that poses themselves imply.
And as the photographer says, they are “temporary sculptures made visible to the human eye…”