Jack Long is an American photographer based in Milwaukee who is extremely skilled in high-speed photography. His talent is obvious as he creates sculptures from flowing liquid, capturing them with split-second precision on his camera. His fleeting subjects are only visible for 1/10,000th of a second, which is the camera setting required for shooting them.
Long sculpts the amazing forms from moving liquid and introduces color and texture while in the process. Using particular gadgets, he produces exotic looking flowers with elaborate detailing such as colored contours, textured pots, in addition to volume variations that elegantly texture petals, stems and leaves.
Long’s goal is to craft captivating three dimensional fluid forms, and he does not use Photoshop to achieve his creations. All he relies on are his innovative photography techniques. For Long, the quality of form and light are fundamentally important elements to detail the characteristics and shape of the fluids.
Long uses a cocktail of water, pigment and dye, in addition to some thickener as he makes unbelievably striking, leaves, flowers, vessels as well as blooms.
Long is passionate about this niche he has chosen as he elaborates on it in his website.
“My goal is to create intriguing visual art using liquids as my subject. Because it is fluid, and happen so quickly, photography is the only method of seeing them. The photography portion is only the final stage in the creation of these images of fluids suspended in mid-air for a very brief period of time. The whole action takes just a fraction of a second. I work to create and capture the three dimensional fluid form at it’s most interesting shape and position. The form is captured with high speed flash photography that has a duration of as brief as 1/10,000th of a second. Even with complicated construction and extensive testing, the results are still often surprising and serendipitous.”
Go on over to his website to see his amazing work.