Darvaz – The Door to Hell

As far as lighting inspiration goes, you have to see this:

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Over 35 years ago in the middle of the Darvaz region of Uzbekistan (as the story goes), a mining company was digging for gas and stumbled upon a monstrous underground cavern.  This cavern was so full of gas that no one dared to enter the cavern – so the geologists in the mining company decided to ignite the gas in order to get rid of it.  Instead what happened was they started an ever-burning hole of fire that has apparently been burning for over three decades.  This thing is crazy.

Check out these images, taken by John H. Bradley:

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Thanks, English Russia!