Stanislav Aristov, a Russian born photographer, was playing with a box of matches.

He says “It was while I was watching the match that I began to think of how it represents life…there is the burnt part representing the past, the smoke of memories and the untouched part of the match the future…the fire is life.”

It remains unclear whether he ever got the candle lit, but he did invent a clever art form: Burned matchstick art.

While the matches are burning, Aristov bends them into mini sculptures. Then he uses a macro lens and studio flash to capture the flame and smoke. He completes his images with a little Photoshopping…and Voila, a new and intriguing art form.

Good show Stanley, way to get your fire bug on. We are so impressed, we will withhold the tired burned match jokes posted on other blogs.