This is the most terrifying thing I’ve seen in a long time. Like, monsters are real and the apocalypse is nigh terrifying. And yet I can’t look away because the footage of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is so stunning that I can smell my fear burning as the molten lava rock starts taking over the Earth.
Kilauea is the most active volcano in Hawaii and Lance Page wanted to document the volcano’s violent beauty and came away with absolutely daring footage for his short Kilauea – The Fire Within. Page writes:
Many in Hawaii refer to the lava as ‘Pele’, the Hawaiian goddess of fire. After our incredible experiences at the volcano it’s not hard to see why so many islanders to this day see her as a living breathing thing. I wanted to capture her beauty and mysteriousness as well as her unimaginable power in the best way that I knew how. I wanted to just see it doing what it does. I shied away from any human interaction and turned the cameras to the fiery blood of the Earth.
This six and a half minute film is my best attempt at capturing what it felt like to witness molten rock slowly burning down a dense wet rainforest or to peer into a six-hundred-foot-wide lava lake at Kilauea’s summit crater.