The work with my ink drops goes on! I’ve been steadily building up my collection to enthusiastic response. I’ve been looking for different color combinations and exploring unique formations, all while coming up with titles that reflect the mood of the shot.It’s addictive and a lots of fun.
What’s satisfying about doing this collection is that I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from other artists, mostly painters and photographers. I feel like I’m onto something with these so I’m working on keeping the flow going. You can see my current collection by clicking here.
I’ve started messing around with ink again but this time I get to combine it with photography. For a while now, I’ve been wondering how to incorporate painting in with my camera work and I think I’ve stumbled upon something.
I’ve been looking for a detour from my usual street photography and wanted to do something more abstract. After doing some research on new projects to take on, I started to experiment with dropping colored ink (leftover from my inkblots) into water and photographing them with a new macro lens that I got last week.
The results are wondrous! Watching the ink hit the water and billow out into beautiful swirling clouds is hypnotic and relaxing. It reminds me of when I used to dip my paintbrushes in water when I would do watercolor and watching the pigment leach into the water. I used to stare at it thinking about how beautiful and graceful the patterns of paint looked as they slowly unfurled.
Here, I was doing something quite similar but I also played around with the lighting to give the imagery an other-worldly feel. I’m still getting the hang of technique and coordinating my shots but it’s such an enjoyable work in progress.
Oh, how I love my abstractions! It’s always wondrously amazing and fun how a shot taken with a camera can produce an effect that mimics an abstract painting or phenomena from outer space. In this case, this close-up of the bottom of a cooking pan under the right light looks like an angry red planet. I did a little toying around with some of Stevie’s photo-editing programs and enhanced the second image so it looks even more stellar.I was pretty happy with the dramatic effect.
Last week I got a new toy for Stevie; it’s this cool macro lens attachment designed for iPhones that I got from Photojojo. As much as I focus on street photography, I really love doing macro shots because it’s like journeying into a whole different world or landscape. Perspectives change so that ordinary objects become seemingly alien territories.
I had a lot of fun with some random coins that I found around the house, including an Australian dollar that somehow made it’s way into my possession. I used the lens to get a cool shot of a quarter too.
One thing I did realize is that the lens also is kind of a microscope that shows you EVERYTHING, which may be a bad thing depending on what you’re looking, especially if it’s your computer keyboard. Gross! Seeing that up close made me go run for disinfectant, q-tips and anti-bacterial spray when I saw what it looked like up close.
That aside, I love my new lens and Stevie is thrilled with it. Of course I will be sharing as I continue to copiously shoot