Glass water distortion photography
Glass water distortion photography is simply photographing refraction. It sounds more complicated than it actually is.
We figured that refraction would make an interesting photography project as it’s easy to do at home.
When light travels from air into water, it slows down, causing it to change direction slightly. This change of direction is called refraction. When light enters a more dense substance (higher refractive index), it ‘bends’ more towards the normal line.
In order to decide what would make a good subject for our glass water distortion photography we found some helpful examples.
Pattern distortions seen through a glass of water
This is a great video and an easy experiment to replicate. All you need is a glass and something with a simple pattern.
Photographer and artist Suzanne Saroff has some amazing work that uses glass water distortion photography to create some amazing results.
Suzanne Saroff creates fractured and skewed images of common foods as seen through vessels filled with water and glass objects. The images play with concepts of light and shadow resulting in distorted still lifes that appear almost like digital glitches. “With tools and techniques such as refraction, directional light, and bold colours, my photographs give everyday items alternate visual avenues of expression,” shares Saroff. “Taking shape via shadows or fragmentations, my subjects often become more than the singular and expected version of themselves.”
We used Saroff’s images as inspiration for our project.
Our glass water distortion photography project
We decided to keep things simple and choose to only one single object. A clock was chosen as we already knew the numbers on the clock face would best illustrate the distortion.
What we didn’t know was what type of glass would be best so we filled a few different ones with water to experiment.
We set up a small table in a well lit area so no artificial light would be needed.
Then the glasses of water were placed on the table and the clock put behind them.
After that it was all about experimenting with angles to get the best image to represent glass water distortion photography.
In the end we were pretty happy about the result.