Image: Stanislav Aristov
A delicate dragonfly perches on a slender green leaf. Its flimsy wings, outstretched on either side, are even more diaphanous than usual. They look like nothing more than wisps of smoke – and funnily enough, that’s exactly what they are! This beautiful little insect and the rest of the creatures that follow are the creations of Russian artist and photographer Stanislav Aristov. Each one is a clever combination of burnt matches, smoke, flames (sometimes), and just a touch of Photoshop. And the results, we think you’ll agree, are quite enchanting.