At a quick glance these colorful photographs by Milwaukee-based photographed Jack Long might pass as some kind of strange exotic flowers, but a squint of the eyes later reveals they are actually high speed photographs of colored water, captured in a way to mimic the shape of blooms, leaves, and even pots.
Each photograph from Long’s Vessels and Blooms series is captured in a stunningly precise take that took months of trial and error to perfect. Like a mad scientist he creates cocktails of dyes, thickeners, and pigments for each component of the shot and then blasts them through a customized mechanism before snapping a perfectly timed capture. “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,” he says. You can see much more of his work on Flickr and 500px. (via oddity central)
Banksy recently updated his website with a number of new works that have been making the rounds the last day or so. My favorite new artwork is this simple piece depicting a spray-painted ballerina delicately traversing the string on the back of a picture frame like a tight rope. What fun and thoughtful execution.
Also, a number of people emailed and tweeted me a few weeks ago suggesting that the origami bird I posted was not actually done by Banksy because it wasn’t his “style”. Well, case: rested. (via the fox is black)
Master of the edible zoetrope Alexandre Dubosc (previously), just released his latest confectionery animation, a grizzly chocolate cake inspired by the films of Tim Burton. There’s a making-of photoset here.
There’s nothing like the awe of a child encountering a new life form, but in this fantastic shot by Christopher Wright of CMGW Photography it looks like the feeling radiating from this enormous old manatee might be mutual. (via stellar)
BBDO Brazil and director Cisma just released this fantastically clever stop motion video that tells the story of life “from love to bingo” for client Getty Images by winnowing through their exhaustive library of some 38 million images. The one minute clip took six months to research and animate. (via quipsologies)
Rain is a 2005 installation of suspended glass water droplets by Chicago artist Stacee Kalmanovsky. She really found a perfect spot to install this, right below the giant sky lights. I bet the refraction of sunlight onto the floor and surrounding walls was gorgeous. (via behance)