Conflict of Viscosity, October 2015
Ever since reading that the phrase Blood is thicker than water may not refer to family ties being stronger than other relationships, but rather that the blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb (this blog post on Fields of Poetry explains it in more detail, with sources), I’ve wanted to create a piece of art involving both blood and water. Since I’m loving macro photography so much these days, I broke out my Polaroid macro lens and made this picture. I wanted to express how the meaning and depth of different types of relationships are affected by our experiences within and between those relationships and that human connections don’t happen in a vacuum but instead are continuously evolving as we see them reflected in others.
Prints of this image available at http://www.deviantart.com/print/38766880/
Want to have a go?
You’ll need the following materials and equipment…
- Fake blood (I used Grimas Filmblood A)
- Tiles, squares of plastic or another smooth surface to put the fake blood on
- A spoon or palette knife to apply the blood to surfaces
- A pipette or syringe to make your water droplet
- Cleaning materials (this can get messy!)
- A macro lens, extension or tubes for your camera
- Bright light (I used an on-camera flash, but you could use an off-camera flash, lighting kit or even bright daylight)
Here’s how to do it!
Please, for the love of all that is beautiful and gory, do this on a wipe-clean surface and keep anything that you don’t want to get fake blood stains on nice and far away from your workspace. Have some paper towels or an old facecloth handy to lean on and to wipe up any spillages. There will be spillages.
First of all, set your tiles up at right angles to each other with one lying flat and the other upright directly behind it. I used a big candle in a jar to hold my upright tile upright. Now, use a spoon to drizzle your fake blood on to the top of the upright tile and let it run down and create interesting streams and patterns that will show up in your water droplet. Add a small pool of fake blood on the flat tile too, as this will provide a reflective surface underneath the syringe and water droplet.
Now, carefully set your syringe in the pool of fake blood and very gently squeeze out a droplet of water. Be super careful to do this slowly so that the water droplet hangs from the end of the syringe rather than falling off completely. You might want to use a pipette or a hollow needle here, or even have the water droplet sitting on something else altogether. Be creative and have fun with your materials! You can see how much of a mess I’ve made already, so I put a folded piece of paper towel down in front of the flat tile to soak up any fake blood that escaped and also to rest my hand on.
Time to get your macro on! Chances are, the end of your lens is going to be very close to the pool of fake blood so when you’re finished, check that no fake blood has made its way onto your lens and if it has, clean it up. Experiment with different angles and lighting to give your picture your own personal style. Using tutorials to learn new techniques is really fun, but it’s always best to make your photo your own by doing something a little bit different with your version.
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