The clouds served as the backdrop. As the map burns through, you can see the clouds. This became symbolic that if the world burns, there is nothing left.
The map of the world, showcasing the two continents that I focused on: South America teeming with the tropical rainforests, the very symbol of life and Africa, currently embroiled in turmoil. I know I make it sound horrible, but I have a very limited perspective of life in Africa and the news media tends to focus on the unpleasant parts, so that's all I really know about it.
Flowers to help fill out my lush plant life. Notice that these are white, yet in the final image, they are more pink.
And this is what "Life" looks like completed. I am very happy with the way it turned out considering this was really my first "serious" photomontage. I will hopefully be posting some more soon, but knowing the rate at which I blog, soon may equal never. Just keep checking back. If you are interested in more photomontage, I recommend Beckelman Imaging and Shotwell Photography to start. These two really inspired me to do my best with these projects. Also check out Scott Nobles Photography and Smalldog Imageworks, simply amazing stuff.