Holi, the Festival of Color, Explodes in Ultra Slow Motion

The Hindu celebration is captured with a Phantom Flex, a high-speed camera that can record upwards of 10,000 frames per second. 

Thousands of Hindus celebrate the spring festival of Holi by throwing tinted powder and perfume on each other -- creating a breathtaking hypercolor frenzy. Filmmakers at the production company Variable decided to capture the event with a Phantom Flex, a high-speed camera that can record upwards of 10,000 frames per second. Suspending these moments in time, they want viewers to realize that "the fast paced lifestyles of our generation result in many not taking the necessary step back to soak in the existing world around us." Their goal, they say, "is to help viewers further appreciate and take notice of the beauty in life and culture."

Check out Alan Taylor's photo gallery on In Focus for spectacular still images of Holi, like the one below, by Majid Saeedi for Getty Images: 

The video was produced by Tyler Ginter, Khalid Mohtaseb, Jonathan Bregel, and Nick Midwig of Variable -- some of the same guys that created 8 Hours in Brooklyn, another amazing slow motion video shot on a Phantom:

For more videos by Variable, visit http://www.wearevariable.com/

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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