This is an oldie but goodie of the outside of the newish Indian Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (by the way, currently closed as a result of the government shutdown). From the back, the museum, which seems to fit in with none of its Smithsonian neighbors, looks like a hunk of sandstone. From the front, it is a work of art. I have seen it described as a “wind-sculpted rock formation.” The wind-sculpted front sneaks up on you. I love the curves, lines, and textures.
Sorry, I’m still stuck on oil and water. Here are two from another session. The oil matters. Mineral oil was a complete failure. Olive oil was better and gave me a good assortment of bubble sizes. In this session, I experimented with black light and florescent paint. The paint was on white paper about 8 inches below the pie plate.
This is the last in this first series of oil and water photographs I created a couple of weeks ago. In this one, I added some paprika to the mix and kept the marbles. I had also added some red pepper flakes, but decided it wasn’t working and so removed them as best as I could. There may still be one or two floating around in this composition, but they’re not obvious. At this point, the chemistry of my bubbles started breaking down what with all the extra components and I had to dump the contents of my first experiment down the drain.
Here is the next oil and water photo. This image is actually two shots superimposed one over the other. In one, I introduced glass marbles to the oil and water mixture. I then superimposed that one over one of the shots that had no marbles to provide a few more interesting lines and color throughout the composition. The marbles are reflecting sky and trees as I was making these photos in a sunroom.
A friend told me about “oil and water” photography and suggested I might want to give it a try. So I googled it, and it did indeed intrigue me. I made this photo by mixing oil and water in a glass pie plate, placing it on a clear glass table top, and placing a colorful ceramic dish on the shelf under the table top (directly below the pie plate). I then shone a bright LED flashlight on different areas of the ceramic plate to create bright highlights. I’ll show more results in upcoming posts.