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Otherworldly Macrophotography of Paint and Ice

These abstract images involve more than your average painting tools. Photographer Cliff Briggie, who also happens to be a practicing clinical psychologist, creates these interesting “temporary ice paintings” that are comprised of ice, paint, and water and enlivened by his camera's flashes of light. Combining the contents allows the image to, essentially, create itself. Briggie says, “A photograph FREEZES the moment. Ice, light, and water move, morph, flash, and change. Little pieces of paint take on a life of their own, suddenly exploding, colors streaming everywhere–CLICK–and then, they are gone forever. It is at once so breathtaking, heartbreaking, and compelling that I have missed more than a shot or two.”

Briggie's macrophotography of the colorful, crystallized ice often appears otherworldly. Though the photographer modestly attributes the fascinating swirls and pops of color to the natural reactions of the materials, his color palette for the amalgamations are spot on. Each set of pigment combinations work collaboratively where the colors complement and work off of each other. Be sure to check out the bulk of Briggie's experiments with ice and paint on his Flickr photostream.

Cliff Briggie's Flickr
via [Lost At E Minor]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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