These photos are from a high-speed photographic series by Jack Long called "Vessels and Blooms". He creates these photos by labouriously setting up a shot and then releasing the drops of colour to splash through the air and land how they land. What he captures in an instant is what he gets. I love the combination of intense and lengthy preparation with a goal in mind, carefully imagining and then creating the environment in which your work is to take place but after that, having to rely completely on chance and one instant in time for the final result. Everything in the photo, the flower, leaves and the pot are captured in a single splash of coloured water, thickener, pigment and dye.
Each one of his works are one single capture, no composite pictures are used to create the final photo. He uses photoshop to clean things up but that is all.
Because the photos represent one man's imagination and intense labour combined with random chance, I think the end results are kind of magical.
How does he do it? He explained in Huffington Post:
I worked on creating the floral forms and leaves through the winter and put it all together Spring 2012. All of my images, unless otherwise noted are single capture events. I do not use Photoshop to [compose] images. What you see is what occurred in that single exposure
Here are some examples of his other work
Jack Long is a professional photographer and his website is here. He doesn't have anything to say about himself except contact information so I'm going to have to imagine a biography which I'm sure starts with his birth and childhood growing up in Middle Earth if his photographs are any indication. Oh, and he had this photo:
|I love this photo|
He obviously takes his work very seriously, but it seems he doesn't take himself seriously...so much. I kinda like that.