Incredible Photos of Real, Shattered Flowers

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Behold! These are real flowers with their petals broken into shards, their stems fractured repeatedly, and their leaves cracked into bits. How? Photographer Jon Shireman soaked a variety of flowers in a bath of liquid nitrogen until the soft, living things became petrified solid, rigid and fragile. Using his own spring-loaded contraption, Shireman smashed the frozen flowers on a white surface, snapping the results at high speed. These are just some of the meticulous photo studies that were yielded from the strange experiment dubbed Broken Flowers and spotted by PetaPixel. Check them out!

Photo credit: John Shireman

Photo credit: John Shireman

Photo credit: John Shireman

Photo credit: John Shireman

Photo credit: John Shireman

Photo credit: John Shireman

Photo credit: John Shireman

Photo credit: John Shireman

Photo credit: John Shireman

Photo credit: John Shireman