For Colourant, photography duo Floto+Warner, composed of husband Jeremy Floto and wife Cassandra Warner, capture colorful pigments as they splash across the landscape of Northern Nevada. Set at a shutter speed of 1/3200th of a second, the camera captures moments invisible to the human eye, forever crystallizing the transient motion of fluid and color.
Fixed within the stillness of the photographic frame, the liquid appears impossibly vicious, transmuted by the lens into strange solid sculptures that leave shadows across the barren terrain. No Photoshop was used in the creation of these images.
Situated at the intersection of the corporeal and the intangible, the looming Colourant figure irrevocably alters the surrounding scenery, imbuing parched landscape with a sense of the unexpected and serendipitous. Between tossing the colored water and snapping the shot, Floto and Warner rarely grasp what each capture will look like; each image is a miraculous fusion of accident and intention. The artists leave the project open to interpretation, allowing us to draw from it contradictory meanings of wonder and of dread.
Floto+Warner are environmentally conscious, using water-based color and limiting themselves to one to two gallons of water per splash.