STREAM – Explore The Unseen!

When dealing with the term macro, we usually think of macro photography and the richness of it’s imagery, often focused on natural and scientific topics. The fascination of moving objects and their characteristics in huge reproduction scales is captured in motion picture, ever since the technological change brought us the DSLR revolution and the possibility to use photo lenses in film production.

STREAM is one of the first evidences to show the beauty and colorfulness of fluids and particles in tiny areas, only have an inch wide and not visible to the naked eye. It’s all about the dramaturgy of emergence and fading, offering the viewer plenty of allegories and associations to let the mind float and travel.

The idea of STREAM was to stage the genesis of a tiny universe which only exists for a very short time on a glass plate and then dissolves into a messy stream of oil, ink and water. The universe itself needed to appear as a well-defined, glowing and shining phenomenon which reminds the viewer of a look through a telescope. The atmosphere full of stars, planets, clouds and fog emerges from huge colorful streams, forming balls and bubbles. Their surfaces reflect the background pattern, giving the objects a quite three-dimensional look and feel. The space expands more and more into the depth, until upcoming star bursts make the whole system collapse. The illusion decomposes to a dark splash of substances and disappears as fast as it came up.

It took me about 70 hours of shooting, trying and failing until I was able to capture pictures with an organic, non generated character, establishing a truly reliable cosmos. This video is entirely shot in 4K and then downscaled or cropped. No composing or CGI!

I appreciate any feedback on my first macro visuals. Thanks for stopping by at terracollage!

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