martedì 7 giugno 2011

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Photographic magic of liquid drop art

Macro photography is surely the most stunning kind of imagery, capturing images that the naked eye could never hope to spot, and Corrie White, 61 years old, and a mother of four, resident in Canada at London, Ontario, is without doubt one of the best, in the execution of this complex art form. Keen on photography since her youth, Corrie has only relatively recently become interested in the split-second intricacy of this kind of work, creating utterly unique and individual, never to be repeated images of astonishing clarity.
Corrie is actually a Dutch woman, with a long term fascination for the wondrously delicate operating processes of macro photography. Water drop imagery is her preferred medium for creating stunning pictures, although milk features quite heavily in her work, simply because milk drops allowing more time for snapping perfect pictures, because they fall somewhat more slowly than water ones. Moulding figures, in some magical, instantaneous way, from these falling liquids, is what Corrie aims to do, with quite startling results.
Appearing on websites worldwide, her imagery is so good that it has featured in countless publications, as well as on quite a few television shows. Almost all of these amazing images come about through Corrie using a simple medicine dropper, an excellent sense of timing and very good organization.  Drip Kits, and even her  ‘Mumford Time Machine’ come into play at certain times,  when she wishes to capture more complex and intricate shots.
Corrie uses food dyes, and several different varieties of flash gel to introduce color to her work, something she sees as important. Milk and the water baths, in which the drops are to land, are usually given slight shades of color, via food dyes, producing many spectacular effects  in the final captured images. Corrie sometimes use additives in the water, too, because a few drops of, for example Rinse Aid, add to the elasticity of the water. Syrup is sometimes employed as a thickening agent in the water, giving the splashes resulting from drops with a subtly mottled appearance.
Almond milk, cream, milk and water, or combination of these, are what she always relies on for her work. Using milk simplifies the capturing of a good umbrella splash, simply because it is thicker. Water at a temperature of four degrees has proved to produce the best results, but Corrie, unable to achieve 3 drop splash effects with plain water, slows descending drops down by adding things to them, including food dyes. Colored plastic sheeting is sometimes employed for  backgrounds, as are colored gels in plastic, cut to size for the various pieces of equipment.
Corrie  began her water drop macro photography using a turkey basting implement, but soon found that piece of equipment  just too bulky to properly control, so he opted for the medicine dropper. With the photographic equipment secured to a heavy board, ensuring no unwanted movement, the timer on the camera is set by Corrie for shutter opening  5 seconds after drop release, which happens in quick succession. Best effect is always achieved when the distance between the dropper, and the surface of the liquid below, is between 12 and 24in., as far as the captured impact images are concerned.
This utterly compelling type of photography, in which incredible images are captured in the very brief  milliseconds for which they exist. Much too fast ever to see unaided, the fact is that you blink and you have missed it, which makes these glorious pictures incalculably valuable. Does it really surprise anybody, when seeing these unforgettable pictures, that this infinitely patient and talented lady artist devotes untold hours wrapped in thier creation.
Reproducing these images as paint on canvas would be difficult, to say the least, so the artistry of these photographs is undeniable, the beauty of subject matter quite breathtaking.  Deserves all the praise and adulation that it receives globally, this work by Corrie white is so much more more than  awesome, and she has every right to be proud. Her wizardry in capturing such spellbinding moments defies description, and is nothing less than simply wonderful.


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