Turns out that combining a photographer’s talent with some basic chemistry knowledge can lead to creating some surprisingly beautiful artwork. A New York-based artist John Shireman soaked various flowers in a liquid nitrogen bath for 30 minutes and then smashed them into pieces. This trick works because the flowers freeze in nitrogen that measures up to 320 °F below zero.
The sequence, called Broken Flowers, combines the final picture placed next to a shot of the fresh flower beforehand. This creates the overall effect of contrast between the soft natural shapes of the blossoms against sharp and broken pieces of the frozen flowers afterwards.