Playing with Fire

A woman intently gazes forward while holding a flame in her hand on the cover of  DAVID'S GUIDE.

Fire is the essence of life. Before electricity existed a simple spark brought us light, joy and power. It is a source of heat to keep us warm, heat our food and set that vibe. I met Chase Boehringer and Leon Lightman of Bucket List Experiences on an EPX retreat and we totally hit it off. They told me that they had been experimenting with shooting fire and I was totally intrigued.

A woman is seated with fire performers lying beside her, creating an intense and dramatic artistic scene.
A couple lying closely together on a blanket with a candle between them, with the woman's gaze towards the candle and the man's eyes closed.
Leon Lightman

After a weekend of dancing, hanging out, and listening to incredible music in the desert, we setup a date to meet in my studio in Los Angeles to collaborate and create some beautiful images. Naturally, I invited a fire expert Foxie Flambe of Fire N Ice Entertainment, actress and model Angel Pai, and biohacker Bryant Wood. Our vibrations were high, the music was blasting and we literally played with fire (do not try this at home unless you have fire experts with you).

It was difficult shooting the flames because you only have a split second to capture the perfect lighting, expression and pose. If you miss anything, you won’t have the proper shot.

photography by David Christopher Lee
photography assistant: Brandon Faith

A couple lying closely together on a blanket with a candle between them, with the woman's gaze towards the candle and the man's eyes closed.
Leon Lightman & Angel Pai
A couple lying closely together on a blanket with a candle between them, with the woman's gaze towards the candle and the man's eyes closed.
A couple lying closely together on a blanket with a candle between them, with the woman's gaze towards the candle and the man's eyes closed.
A couple lying closely together on a blanket with a candle between them, with the woman's gaze towards the candle and the man's eyes closed.
Foxie Flambe & Chase Boehringer
A couple lying closely together on a blanket with a candle between them, with the woman's gaze towards the candle and the man's eyes closed.
A couple lying closely together on a blanket with a candle between them, with the woman's gaze towards the candle and the man's eyes closed.
A couple lying closely together on a blanket with a candle between them, with the woman's gaze towards the candle and the man's eyes closed.
A woman with a headpiece is lying down with flames rising from her body against a dark background.
A couple lying closely together on a blanket with a candle between them, with the woman's gaze towards the candle and the man's eyes closed.
David Christopher Lee

Editor-in-Chief

David Christopher Lee launched his first online magazine in 2001. As a young publisher, he had access to the most incredible events and innovators of the world. In 2009, he started Destinationluxury.com, one of the largest portals for all things luxury including 5 star properties, Michelin Star Restaurants and bespoke experiences. As a portrait photographer and producer, David has worked with many celebrities & major brands such as Richard Branson, the Kardashians, Lady Gaga, Cadillac, Lexus, Qatar Airways, Aman Hotels, just to name a few. David’s work has been published in major magazines such as GQ, Vogue, Instyle, People, Teen, Men’s Health, Departures & many more. He creates content with powerful seo marketing strategies.

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