A Watery World

Hidden. Playful. Magical. Waiting to be discovered. Water is my playground and the camera is my tool.  Shapes form from tiny drops, colors merge, drops collide.  It is my challenge to discover and coax the drop's personality out of its watery world.  There are elements of beauty, surprise and quite often humor.

 I love color in my photography.  The unique patterns in the ripples and vivid colors are a reflection of the drops surroundings.  Very minimal work is done in the digital darkroom (i.e. Photoshop).  I like to show the true personality of the drop, without manipulating the shape of it. I never know what I will capture, but I do know that the possibilities are endless.  I can't make the water give me what I want, but it does gift me wonderful drops that show a fun relationship with the background.

About the process:

"The background and the drop are always ONE photo, not two photos combined.  I work at home in my studio.  It's a two step process--I take the photo that I want to use for the background (such as one of Haystack Rock), print it, then set up in my studio at home.  I have my water chosen and ready--the off camera flash captures the motion of the drop as it hits the water, and I spend between 4-8 hours on a photo shoot, taking one photo at a time. Of those I will set aside a handful of favorites.  I may end up printing a few; I might not print any.  I get only one photo per drop; the flash can't recycle fast enough to get more than one at a time.  Drop, click, let the water still…then repeat.

I love to create tall water drops, called "Worthington jets."  Some of my work with these are: "Journey" "One Fall Day" "Pieces of Autumn" "Bird of the Forest" and "Bird of the Water" (pictured right) plus many more.  These jets are very tall--four to six inches, and are often three drop collisions, rather than just two.  These are fun and challenging to do..." 

I also work with different types of water. I have used waters from the ocean (Canon Beach), lakes, rivers, melted snow, rain, etc.  They all behave differently."

“As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs." Sam Abell

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