In this series, we’ll look deeper into some of the projects on Behance.net that were especially admired in our community. This time, we spoke to Alberto Seveos, an illustrator and digital designer living on an Italian island. His “Disastro Ecologico,” was hugely popular on Behance, and left dozens of commenters wondering “how’d he do it?” Here, Seveso dishes on his process & inspiration. (hint: they’re high-speed photos of ink flowing through water). They’re also available as wallpapers to download here.
What was your inspiration for this project?
I remember that I saw something similar a long time ago, and I felt impressed by the high-speed photography I saw in it. It makes me think about the power we have to stop time in just a “click”. In the last few years, I’ve just tried to have a personal approach to this technique, developing this project in a very personal way.
Can you describe your process in creating this project?
The process is actually quite easy, all you need to do is pour varnish (ink) into water. Well, I must admit that it’s not quite that easy, because I spent a lot of time building the setup & equipment that I now use to shoot varnish into the water – it’s still a work in progress.
Most of the time I can catch something beautiful just by chance but, of course, it’s very important to find the right light. I think the hardest part is finding the perfect balance between the varnish and water, and finding the perfect technique to pour them into the tank so that they come out beautifully.
Did you expect it to be as popular as it’s been on The Behance Network?
To be honest, No! I didn’t expect it to be so popular because It’s not the first time that someone’s used the technique of high speed photography.
Did you go through many versions and iterations before coming up with these final pieces?
Of course, before I reached this outcome, I did a lot of experiments. I didn’t follow any tutorial, so I spent a lot of time trying to come up something unique. As I said before, the experimental phase is very important..
I love that you added “poetry” as a creative field. Can you tell us about including this, and what you hope viewers will take away from this piece?
I added it in the poetry field because these photos give the idea of lightness and tranquility and they are hypnotic, like a poem is. Looking at these photos, someone could spend hours just searching details, discovering something new each time, new details and new feelings. I thought the experience of viewing these was like reading a poem because it can change everytime.
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