Jack Long’s High Speed Photographs of Paint Splashes that Looks Like Flowers

May 29, 2012 3 comments

At first glance, these incredible images look like still-life portraits of some exotic flowers. But no; these are actually high speed photographs of colored water, captured in a way to mimic the shape of blooms, leaves, and even pots.

Artist Jack Long uses water mixed with thickeners and dyes and then uses an electronic flash to capture the right moment as the mixture falls through the air. His work takes months of painstaking planning and testing.

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 colours, 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. 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.'


You can see much more of his work on Flickr and 500px.








[via The Daily Mail]


  1. It is fascinating !!

  2. These are awesome! The only thing is, there's no way that paint would splash off a surface that clean cut. I'm HIGHLY convinced that Photoshop had a huge part in these images. Still cool though.

  3. Phil is misguided in his opinion


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