United Kingdom-based photographer Mark Johnson / Westend61 creates astounding colorful abstractions by shooting the surfaces of soap bubbles. The artist, who specializes in macro and product photography, captures the pearly, iridescent swirls created by a phenomenon referred to as thin-film interference: when multiple lightwaves hit the back and front of the soap bubble, they coincide and overlap to form complex, kaleidoscopic compositions. The process is similar to what occurs when oils spill on the street to reveal unexpected rainbow forms.
Johnson’s psychedelic images do not readily appear as photographs; instead, the multitudinous hues surge together like paint mixed on a canvas with heavy brushstrokes. Honing in on the soap bubble and flattening its three-dimensional surface into a rectangular frame, Johnson recontextualizes the scientific phenomenon, allowing it to veer into the realm of abstract art.
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