cyclops splash
a cherry on top

current water drop setup

Current Water Drop Setup

Q:
How did this begin for you and what was your relationship with art prior?

A:
This all began a few years ago when my family gave me a macro lens for my birthday.  I had seen the water drops on the Liquid Sculpture site and was mesmerized by them.  I had some free time then and thought I would give these a try.  I found I was very good with timing and just went ahead from that moment on.

 

[ Click on the setup images for more detail via Flickr. ]

humble beginnings

Humble Beginnings

soap film setup

Soap Film Setup

cream drops setup

Cream Drops Setup

smoke setup

Smoke Setup

a drop in space

Before this I had done very little creative and artistic work with photography but the water drop art opened up a whole new world for me, and I was able to utilize this creative outlet.

rainbow plumes
Q:

I would like to get know not only more about the creation and the discovery of this series, but what inspires you.

A:

What inspires me is the unique and the mysterious. With my liquid art now I look for more artistic backgrounds and colours. I love colours and with this type of photography colour is very important. I try to make images that I would hang on my own walls. The web is littered with water drops these days, so in order to stand out you need to be unique and creative. I like the viewer to look at some of my work and wonder how the effects were achieved. The colours are very prominent in my work and I have found several ways to create some unique effects.

 

Q:

You mention effects : how much manipulation, if any, happens in post? Have you considered playing more with kaleidoscopic pattern?

A:

I do very little in post other than to clean up the water surface, a bit of colour balance, light balance and sharpening. I do some manipulation with the liquid flow where I will use the mirror and flip technique which works with some of these. The kaleidoscope pattern is something I want to play with very soon. I have seen this effect and it may work wonders on some of the water drops and the cream drops as well. It’s not something I will go berserk on, though.

 liquid pagoda