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Photography

Frozen Bubble Formations and Shards of Snow Captured in Alaska’s Swamps and Ponds by Ryota Kajita

June 19, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

Japanese photographer Ryota Kajita has captured the strange ice patterns of Alaska’s interior swamps and ponds for the last eight years as a part of his Ice Formations series. The ephemeral structures look like fanciful desserts discovered in the wild, with frozen shavings lightly dusting the formations’ edges.

“Photography enables me to pay attention to those moments and subjects, take time to observe them and help me to understand my surroundings more intimately,” Ryota tells Colossal. “Through photographs, nature reveals its subtle beauty to me. In the Ice Formations series, I hope to share these transient and small creations of nature with others.”

Images from the series are included in a group exhibition at the Mt. Rokko Photographeric Garden through July 30, 2018. You can see more of the Alaska-based photographer’s explorations on Facebook and Instagram.

 

 



Amazing Science

The Science Behind Incredible Bubbles Explained by Pro Bubbler Melody Yang

June 14, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

With a lifetime of bubble experience under her belt, Melody Yang of the Gazillion Bubbles Show shows the method behind the madness. Much of the formula and nuances of technique are, unsurprisingly, proprietary. But the video above, from Wired, is a fun look behind the scenes as Yang demonstrates her expertise and shares some stories of her career as a bubble engineer. (via Laughing Squid)

 

 



Art

Projection Wall: A Large-Scale Participatory Bubble Wall by Rintaro Hara

January 29, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

Projection Wall is a floor-to-ceiling installation that produces a series of prismatic sculptures through a visitor-operated pulley system. The large-scale bubbles rise from a grid of rope as the pulley rises, which are then released into to the room by the force of eight fans set behind the soapy contraption.

The participatory work was built by Japanese artist Rintaro Hara for the 2017 Japan Alps Festival. Hara created a similar piece in 1998 titled Soap Opera, an installation inspired by the water-born aliens from the 1989 Sci-Fi Thriller The Abyss. You can see more of Hara’s moving installations (like this Rube Goldberg-inspired piece) on her website and Vimeo. (via Prosthetic Knowledge)

 

 



Amazing

Freediver David Helder Possesses the Uncanny Ability to Blow Perfect Bubble Vortexes Underwater

August 10, 2014

Christopher Jobson

French freediver David Helder has been diving for over 35 years, and somewhere along the way he discovered a strange ability. Like a dolphin, Helder can blow perfectly controlled bubble rings underwater. While many divers have playfully experimented with blowing these whirling vortexes, Helder has dedicated significant time to perfecting the technique which he uses to perform dozens of different tricks. Watch the video to see him in action, thing get really interesting around the 2:40 mark. (via Sploid)

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Art

Immersive Foam Clouds Tower Over Visitors to the 2013 Aichi Triennale

January 6, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Foam, 2013. Mixed media. Photo by Nobutada Omote, courtesy SANDWICH.

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Foam, 2013. Mixed media. Photo by Nobutada Omote, courtesy SANDWICH.

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Foam, 2013. Mixed media. Photo by Nobutada Omote, courtesy SANDWICH.

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Foam, 2013. Mixed media. Photo by Nobutada Omote, courtesy SANDWICH.

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Foam, 2013. Mixed media. Photo by Nobutada Omote, courtesy SANDWICH.

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Foam, 2013. Mixed media. Photo by Nobutada Omote, courtesy SANDWICH.

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Foam, 2013. Mixed media. Photo by Nobutada Omote, courtesy SANDWICH.

Created by artist Kohei Nawa (previously here and here) for the 2013 Aichi Triennale, Foam is an immsersive cloud-like installation made from huge plumes of amorphous bubbles, meant to mimic a bleak primordial landscape. Nawa is known for his explorations of cellular forms as seen in his extensive series of PixCell sculptures where animal forms are covered in glass beads, and Foam seems to be a natural extension of this. All images courtesy SANDWICH and the 2013 Aichi Triennale.

 

 



Amazing

Slow Motion Video of Giant Bubbles Popping from Shanks FX

October 7, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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The folks over at Shanks FX (previously) and PBS Digital Studios put together this great DIY video on how to make giant bubbles including some cool slow motion clips of enormous bubbles popping at night. They even invented a “bubble control wand” with an array of small fans. Another helpful tutorial is NightHawkInLight’s How to Make Giant Bubbles.

 

 



Photography

Photographer Jason Tozer Turns Soap Bubbles into Mysterious, Colorful Planets

November 12, 2012

Christopher Jobson

No these aren’t incredible new high-resolution photographs of newly discovered rainbow worlds beamed back from Hubble, they’re just soap
bubbles, captured by the extremely talented photographer Jason Tozer in his London studio. Armed with a Hasselblad camera and a 135mm lens, Tozer has developed a his lighting technique that requires a giant dome of perspex to illuminate the reflective surface of each bubble. The more patterned surfaces on the bubbles are manipulated with a straw to create the various swirls and textures that might as well be the surface of Jupiter or Neptune. All of the colors and details you’re seeing are 100% genuine as Tozer very rarely relies on any sort of retouching or color correction. You can explore his website to see a few more photos, several of which have a fancy zoom feature giving you the full macro effect, he’s also done similar work with smoke and ice. All images
courtesy the artist. (via the super awesome shop)