For Cooley, these images serve as a metaphor for opposition. “Fire is a powerful natural force that we harness for greater good” he says, “it is the only Classical element that we can create on demand, yet when out of control it has the potential for grave destruction”. At the heart of this series lies a simple duality – we can create fire and yet fire brings destruction.
Cooley is best known as a landscape photographer and video artist who specializes in night photogrpahy. Over the last number of years he has exhibited throughout the US as well as in several European cities. You can see more of his work on his website here.