It might seem hard to believe at first, but these seemingly intergalactic shots are, in fact, ordinary soap bubbles. London-based photographer Jason Tozer invites us to get lost in the swirling planetary domes found in his Planet Tozer series, as commissioned by Creative Review on behalf of Sony. The brilliant patterns and designs created by the naturally light-refracting liquid spheres is a mesmerizing sight to see alone, but the artistic choice to place a black backdrop heightens the illusion of outer space.
In the process of capturing these mind-blowing shots, Tozer came to an interesting realization regarding the natural evolution in the appearance of a bubble over time. He says, “The first bubble you make has loads of colour in it, when you make another couple they seem to have less colour in them. The detergent seems to sink to the bottom of the bubbles, leaving the water behind, so you gradually get different images.”
What’s perhaps most remarkable about the series that Tozer caught everything in-camera. Equipped with Sony’s Alpha 350 DSLR and some common materials–soapy water, a straw, and a lens cap–the photographer took to creating the stunning images with the help of his assistant. The basic process for producing the magnificent rising planets involved blowing bubbles with a straw, to further swirl the extraordinary spiraling hues, and use a lens cap as the base for one such bubble.