Illumination I

Nov 16, 2021

This image - Illumination I is from the broader series 'Photo-Synthetic'. Photo-Synthetic is a collaborative body of work in four parts - "Primordial", "Metamorphosis", "Enlightenment" and "Illumination" - that explores notions of creation, and therefore creativity. Set in the broader context of our longstanding fascination and photo-exploration of the interaction between light and liquids we have used the interactions between oil, water and light to represent the phases of the evolution of life on this fragile planet. Life in a liquid state.


We wanted to create a series of photographs which combine our backgrounds in science with our artistic sensibilities and aims to have the viewer engage in a world of interpretation and metaphor.

It needed to tell a story hence the exploration begins with “Primordial”, at the very beginning of time, where we find swirling worlds of green, brown and black with the occasional flash of blue sky. In “Metamorphosis” we find conspicuous changes in shape and form with heat and gases playing their part. With “Enlightenment” comes evidence of the senses as the source of knowledge - full of light and colour, uplifting and bright like stained glass windows. In “Illumination” the colours of white and saffron reflect the mystical and transcendental.

The complete series can be found here:


Macro trans-illuminated liquids Nikon D810, 105mm Micro-Nikkor lens, taken at 1:2 magnification, 1/125sec f/5.6.