People do amazing things, commemorate the strangest ideas and continue to be inspiring. Photography does such a great job of capturing these moments of humanity and allowing us a window into these worlds or ways of thinking that we may not ever have been aware of.
This work by Thomas Prior does exactly that. Prior visited the ‘Festival of the Exploding Hammers’ in San Juan de la Vega in Mexico. The idea: Commemorating a war from hundreds of years ago by strapping explosives to sledge hammers, then slamming them into the ground to cause an explosion. The images he was able to capture, the moments in time, are just incredible. Each subject is alone in the photograph, surrounded by the immediate result of the explosion – smoke, debris and dust flying everywhere. So much dynamism and so much action! You’ll be hard-pressed to find something more adrenalin-pumping this week!