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March 30, 2012 8:02 AM   Subscribe

Sculptures? Does that mean that any photograph of something three dimensional is a sculpture?
posted by yoink at 8:06 AM on March 30, 2012 [2 favorites]

hehehehe... underwater sculpture
posted by Mister Fabulous at 8:08 AM on March 30, 2012

Does that mean that any photograph of something three dimensional is a sculpture?

No, sometimes it's a portrait or a film.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 8:14 AM on March 30, 2012

It looks like fabric!
posted by chapps at 8:16 AM on March 30, 2012

Very beautiful.
I would be curious to know what sort of inks he's using in these. The opacity, apparent weight, and relative lack of dispersion makes me wonder if he's using some type of printer's ink.
posted by Thorzdad at 8:37 AM on March 30, 2012

They do look sort of sculptural to me. I'd like one of them enlarged to about 4' x 6' for my family room, please.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 8:39 AM on March 30, 2012

super slow-mo video next time!
posted by scose at 8:53 AM on March 30, 2012

Looks like Cthulhu.
posted by Trochanter at 8:56 AM on March 30, 2012

Wow. If you had said these were silk scarves or melted plastic or cells or sparks magnified by a million I would have believed you.
posted by mochapickle at 9:10 AM on March 30, 2012

posted by revikim at 9:38 AM on March 30, 2012

I'm in the group who considers the word "photographs" for these to be fully sufficient. But very beautiful.
posted by neuromodulator at 11:34 AM on March 30, 2012

That is just gorgeous. I wonder how he gets such consistent stripe patterns.
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard at 12:09 PM on March 30, 2012

Wow, these are beautiful. Some of them look like weird spawning alien life forms about to emerge from pupal state.
posted by Len at 12:52 PM on March 30, 2012

I've done some photography of emulsions using oil and water with food coloring. There is really an element of three-dimensional "sculpture" about manipulating the fluids to set up the ______* you're trying to get.

*Cannot for the life of me think of the word I'm looking for here, though I've used it repeatedly in the past few weeks. Related to the way one fluid flows into another. Darn senior moments.
posted by darkstar at 12:53 PM on March 30, 2012

posted by Trochanter at 12:59 PM on March 30, 2012

Mingling works. I fear I've left it vague enough that there are a hundred words that could fit, but there's one specific one, a technical term used in fluid dynamics, that is bothering me.
posted by darkstar at 1:02 PM on March 30, 2012

Is it the Reynolds number or laminar flow? I know nothing about this; I just looked up hydrodynamics.. it's damn interesting.

Also, these are beautiful - exactly what I'd expect to see hanging on the walls if a squid invited me over for a cocktail party.
posted by hypersloth at 1:16 PM on March 30, 2012

If you drill up, you can see more sets with this same technique. I thought this one was especially cool, with the streams of ink pouring into the layer below.

It looks like there's even more on his Flickr stream.
posted by polecat at 1:43 PM on March 30, 2012 [1 favorite]

Holy shit, these are amazing.
posted by Phire at 1:58 PM on March 30, 2012

The Italian word he uses to describe the material he's using is "vernice" (see here), which may have been naively translated as "varnish", but the online translators tell me that it probably means "paint".
posted by polecat at 2:24 PM on March 30, 2012

Misread title as "ink underwear," but still impressed.
posted by HeroZero at 2:55 PM on March 30, 2012

I've achieved similar effects shooting smoke. What really makes it work is the strong light. It enhances the dimensionality of the subject. I've thought about doing the liquid stuff, but you really need a pretty good sized tank with the ability to turn over the contents quickly and often (not a good combination with high intensity lights).
posted by DaddyNewt at 3:38 PM on March 30, 2012

"Hmm, how do I make these better? I know! I'll add a LEGO man!"
posted by Defenestrator at 11:46 PM on March 30, 2012

These look organic and cosmological at the same time.
posted by jabah at 7:06 AM on March 31, 2012

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