Each snap of the shutter creates a unique image reflecting the beauty of the pour. Take a moment to think about the multitude of variables involved in the simple act of pouring wine into a glass; they are numerous, complex and compound. It is this random element of splash photography that fascinates me… the angle and flow of the pour, the timing of the shot, the curve of the glass and a whole lot more result in a diversity of shapes and swirls of varying translucence as the liquid glances off the surfaces. The usually unseen or barely glimpsed turmoil becomes visible and a natural beauty is captured in an instant that can never be exactly repeated again.
This led me to wonder what would happen if I were to remove the wine glass and just free pour… would it seem like an explosion rather than the usual controlled pour. I drew up a concept sketch, my best guess of what would happen added to what I wanted to achieve. I switched it around 180 degrees to empathise that explosive effect… maybe a touch ambitious but this is my imagination, right?
…that I had presented myself. The outcome was not so far off from my expectations. However, I had not imagined the crystal-like quality of the turbulent wine as it struck and bounced off the surface.
The set-up was basic and based around a small aquarium – the benefit of a glass tank is that the liquid is contained and therefore easy to clean up. Here is a sneak peek behind the scenes.
I found that the result could be used in many ways with the P52 assignment template. I enjoy how, by just changing the orientation and crop, the dynamic and energy of the pour can be affected.