The Hawaiian volcano of Kilauea has been erupting consistently for the past 32 years, recently forcing people to evacuate their homes even as it draws in tourists and scientists. It is also an inspiration for artists, as you can see in filmmaker Lance Page’s latest work, Kilauea-The Fire Within, which combines numerous time lapses of Kilauea from many perspectives to create a portrait of the volcano.
Page, who grew up on Hawaii, wrote in the video description: “I’ve never been anywhere else on the planet that demanded as much respect and awareness for the natural environment around me. Her unexpected beauty and unsettling sense of danger were nothing short of humbling and put so much into perspective.”
In the film, ferns blacken into carbonized shadows of themselves as lava approaches, the molten stone wrinkling into folds like a glowing, crumpled blanket. Stars provide a still celestial backdrop, as geometric floes of basalt break into red and black mosaics atop a lava lake. It is exhilarating, beautiful, and definitely worth six and a half minutes of your time.