It's Okay to Spill This Paint - Underwater Paint Photography

Mark Mawson is an artist that creates beautiful photographs from watered-down paint...literally.

This series, called "Aqueous" was made by photographing paint that had been dropped into water. He uses materials such as a tank, lighting and water to create these stunning images. The process seems intensive. After each shot taken, the water has to be emptied out and refilled because it becomes cloudy each time paint is dropped into it. Each picture also has to be taken quickly, because the blobs only last a few seconds once they enter the water.

Mawson's creativity is inspired by photographers and cinematographers such as: Edward Hopper, Carravaggio, and Vittorio Storaro. He studied photojournalism in school and afterwards worked as a reporter for a few daily newspapers. He then decided that he wanted to have more creative freedom in his artwork and decided to work on his own photography.

Mawson says that everyone will see something different in each photo. Many people see creatures, dancers, old men and even rock legends! To me, these look like some new kind of oceanic life-form that hasn't been discovered yet. What do you see?


Copyrighted images used with permission. Please visit Mark Mawson's website to see more of this underwater photography!

Jun 15, 2010
by Anonymous


Trumbull and Kubrick used this technique in 1968 for the nebulae seen near the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

To remove the magic, flip any of Mawson's pictures upside down. They become obvious. Paint dripped into water.

Pretty, though.