Photographer Jack Long’s Vessels and Blooms: A Liquid Explosion of Sudden Bouquets


Photo by Jack Long

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.

Photo by Jack Long

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.

Photo by Jack Long

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”.

Photo by Jack Long

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.”

Photo by Jack Long

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.

Photo by Jack Long

Photo by Jack Long

Photo by Jack Long

Photo by Jack Long

Please visit Jack’s official website, Long Shots, to enjoy these and more of his latest work.
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Picasso with a Bushy Tail?


I stumbled into this article yesterday.  It’s about Winklehimer Smith who is touted as an up-and-coming artist who specializes in abstracts.  But Winklehimer isn’t just any ordinary artist; she has a tail.  Yes, she’s a squirrel.  According to Winklehimer’s human, Shyla Mouton, the little squirrel is a good observer.

“I paint dolls and jewelry and she just watches me all day long. They are very intelligent animals,” says Shyla Mouton, AKA “Artist Ugly Shyla.”

Miss Winklehimer has been with Shyla since she was about 6 weeks old.  According to Shyla, she had been watching the squirrel out of her kitchen window climb down a nearby tree.  She was attacked by a cat and Shyla ran to her rescue.

“I rushed out there to help her. One of her front legs was messed up pretty bad. I put her in a little box on the porch to make her comfortable because I didn’t think she would make it through the night,” recalled Shyla.

Shyla put her heart and soul into nursing the little squirrel back to health.  Now Winklehimer has joined her human friend in the creative arts, watching and mimicking Shyla who also paints dolls and jewelry.  The little squirrel takes up brush and paint and scrawls it across the paper in artistic squirrel fashion.  One thing is certain, she loves gnawing on that brush handle. .

Winklemimer has become a YouTube sensation and some of her works have been auctioned off for as much as $40.  Shyla states the money is put towards helping humans and animals in need.

Be sure to read the full story and the complete NBC video here.

Here’s another squirrely tale:  Squirrels Just Wanna Have Fun