I seem to find the most amazing things when boredom-surfing on the net. My latest boredom-killing spree yielded up a thrilling and unexpected gem; the amazing unique photographic talents of Jack Long. Take a look at one of his photographs. Yes, that’s right. It’s a photograph. And no Photoshopping here except maybe a basic tools clean-up. The images themselves are not composites. They’re liquid suspensions captured with high speed photography.
What Jack does takes meticulous planning and testing to perfect just one picture. What you’re looking at is a moment in time that can never be duplicated.
Jack, 53 from Wisconsin, is very tight-lipped about his unique technique. What he’s been willing to share is he uses water mixed with thickeners, pigments and dyes launched or dropped through the air. An electronic flash is then used to capture his sudden floral masterpieces. He calls his work “Vessels and Blooms”.
Jack loves working with liquids as his medium. He said: “I love working with liquids because of their incredible versatility when creating high speed photography. It is as much chance as it is preparation and planning. They are all different.”
“I like to use a lot of colors, variations and mixes of red, blue and yellow and green. The work takes a great amount of planning, set building and testing.”
“This series was a culmination of months of planning and testing. Hundreds of captures are made in testing and then many more during the actual final capture stage. A very few stand out as being the best.”
“All of my images are created in one single capture. One picture. I do not make composites from multiple images, unless otherwise noted. All of my fluid flowers are as captured. Photoshop is only used to ‘clean up’ the image and to enhance the image with basic tools.”
So, hats off to Jack for beautifully illustrating the merits of patience and creativity and giving us a new way of looking at the world.
Please visit Jack’s official website, Long Shots, to enjoy these and more of his latest work.
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