Eau, water picture! Artist makes a splash with his amazing portfolio of liquid dropletsBy Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:30 AM on 15th April 2011
They could almost be mistaken for images taken in the far-reaches of outer space, or an ultra-magnified snapshot of microscopic organisms.
However look again, for these incredible pictures are the work of artist Markus Reugels who has turned to one of the most abundant resources on the planet to create these strange and beautiful portraits - water.
The 33-year-old German artist combined water droplets with food colouring and creative lighting to make these vibrant images, which were only able to be captured with high-speed camera equipment.
Markus drops the water on to trays, egg cups or teaspoons and snaps away as it splashes upwards and outwards, creating otherworldly shapes.
He added food colouring to the water and different coloured gels to his flashes, to create an intense glowing effect.
By thickening the water with guar gum he was also able to alter the shape of the splashes, making some of them take on the bizarre look of something from a science-fiction film or a nuclear mushroom cloud.
The shapes, which varied from 3cm to 15cm, were altered even further by adding sugar and, by putting rinse aid in the dish, he was able to increase the height of the droplet splashes.
However, were it not for the advancements of high-speed photography, these images would not exist as they are impossible to see with the naked eye.
An extremely fast shutter speed of of up to 1/16,000 per second allowed him to capture detail the human eye could never see.
Markus, from Schweinfurt, Bavaria, said: 'Water can create beautiful shapes but without high-speed photography we could never see them.
'The basic shapes, such as the umbrellas and flying discs, are easy but to create the double splashes you must work very hard, have good endurance and patience.
'You must also analyse the results and test new things. The important thing is to have fun - the rest will come by itself.'