Andy Pavlov Photographer | Blue Flames of Ijen
Blue Flames of Ijen
Ijen, Indonesia, sulfur, blue flames, sulfur miner

Blue Flames of Ijen

Ari is a 40 years old sulfur miner in Ijen crater, Indonesia. Work starts in the very early hours of the day when miners are working under the light of their hand-made torches and the blue flames of burning liquid sulfur flow. The miners collect the sulfur by using a metal rod to break it off by the volcanic vents where it is continually forming. They then place the sulfur blocks in wooden baskets weighing up to 120kg and carry them up 300 metres to the crater rim, with a gradient of 45 to 60 degrees and then 3 kilometers down the mountain for weighing. The journey repeats twice a day.