Scanning bubbles

This Friday I figure out a way to capture the shape of bubbles. I first thought about photograms but when I went to the darkrooms to ask about it they told me I can’t do it if I haven’t had an induction. So then it came to me: what about scanning? I wasn’t sure if the bubbles would show in the scan because they are so light and transparent. I thought to experiment and see what happens.

For my experiments I needed soap, water, a straw and a sheet of acetate. I placed the acetate on the scanner and soap water on top of that. Then I blew bubbles into the water through the straw. I had to put paper around the bubbles on the scanner because it didn’t detect the acetate and bubbles alone at all.

I really hoped this would work and I was nervous to look at the first images on the computer and find out. But for my relief, the scans turned out perfectly! I kept taking more and more scans to have options later and actually it was quite a fun process. It is also so much quicker and easier than anything in the darkroom would be. I am so happy that I thought of this method. The scans capture the structures of the bubbles so well.

On the computer I cropped the surrounding paper off the picture. I also tried inverting the colors. I think the image works well inverted. I think the shape stands out more on white background. I saved all my 60 scans in the original color and inverted.

I finished my scans and there was still time to go to the open access letterpress. My idea was to combine letterpress type with the bubble images. Kim thought it was a good idea to combine the strict structures of letterpress with the fluid and organic structures of the bubbles. I really liked that point of view. The fluidity applies well to the social structures and networks in society. They too are fluid and organic and changing while the rules, laws and guidelines of the state and society are stiffer.

It was quite difficult to experiment in the letterpress when I didn’t really know yet how I wanted the text, where and which picture I would use. I thought the best thing would be to scan the letterpress printed text and do experimenting digitally with it.

I really like the circle structure.

narrative 1

An idea that I have is also a narrative of 3 pictures.

I really like the last composition that I tried (blue on the right).

There are so many possibilities that I don’t really know which one is the best. I like all the scans that I took so it is also difficult to pic which image goes best with the text. I think it is important to show the narrative of the individual bubbles forming structures together, whether that is with one image or with a series of images together.


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