Rare Nacreous Clouds
Also called polar stratospheric clouds or mother of pearl clouds, nacreous clouds are mostly visible within two hours after sunset or before dawn. They blaze unbelievably bright with vivid, iridescent colors. These clouds are rare and occur in the polar stratosphere at altitudes of 15,000–25,000 meters. They are so bright because at those heights, they are still sunlit.
Although incredibly beautiful, they have a negative impact on our atmosphere. They create ozone holes by supporting chemical reactions that produce active chlorine which catalyzes ozone destruction.
So! I’m yet working on developing artwork/refining manufacture for these ridiculously fun little keychains, because being a good keychain/charm maker seems like a nice skill to have. The eventual plan for these turian ones is to make downloadable .psd template files available so people can make their own. Some for canon characters, some for ‘generic’ turians. If I set that up right, people ought to be able to easily change the colors and add their OC’s tattoos or what-have-you. Because shrinky dinks are fun and everyone should try! And also because I’m not sure I’m organized enough right now to take on a bunch on individual OC commissions for them lololol.
The above is from a test sheet for a template of ‘generic civilian female turian’, where I just did a bunch of palette swaps to test it out. I’ll probably print these tomorrow and see if a successful product results. But I was thinking - if anyone has an OC that resembles one of these barefaced ladies, let me know, send me a ref, and I’ll doodle her tats on there and/or change the color of her eyes to whatever before I print. May as well, right? No guarantees it will turn into a successful finished keychain, but if it does, it may as well be somebody’s.
This collection of zooids (dactylozooids (the hunters), gastrozooids (the eaters), gonozooids (the reproducers) and the pneumatophores (the sailors) are more commonly known as the Portuguese Man o’ War. Not much is known about these creatures except that they sting. Aaron Ansarov turned them into beautiful works of psychedelic art, yet remains unharmed. Ansarov and his wife collected them from the shores of south Florida, transported them in a cooler full of sea-water to his nearby studio, photographed them on light tables (mirrored their image in Photoshop), and returned them to the shore, unharmed. To be clear, however, these creatures are on their death bed once they hit the beach. “When they drift ashore,” says Ansarov, “it is rare for them to survive the tide and be pulled back out to sea…sometimes they may get pulled back out, but it’s up to nature’s design.” To see more of Ansarov’s work, visit his website.
Phillip Stearns electrocutes unexposed instant film with 15,000 volts.
He also pours various household chemicals (like bleach) onto the prints to make the colors and corrosion you see. The process is about as beautiful as the end result. You can watch how it’s done here.
We asked Phillip a few questions about his process:What inspired you to apply electricity to film as opposed to just chemicals?My explorations were guided most by what materials I had available. A big batch of this instant color film was being thrown out, presumably by a photographer in my building transitioning out of analog film. Two years ago, I received a batch of neon tubes and high voltage ballasts to drive them. After tinkering with interrupting the process of developing the film (after exposing to light) and discovering the painterly qualities such physical manipulations produced, I started to think about how else I work with the film.Through experimenting with digital cameras a couple of years prior to these experiments in film, I became aware of Hiroshi Suigimoto’s work of subjecting photopaper to electric discharges and thought that I could try something similar with the neon ballasts and the color film itself.
How did you go about making sure your process was actually safe to do?I caution, again, this is not safe. No one should try this on their own, unless assisted by a qualified electrician trained in dealing with high voltages, and a physician. Death by electrocution is quite real.Any other tips or comments you have for photographers who want to explore analog or digital experiments?Look at what you have around you. Use it differently. Look for potentials that exist just beyond, hidden within the normally prescribed perception of things. Play, but be smart about it. Be safe.