The moment before the splash: water balloons in action

The moment before the splash: water balloons in action

“Things we’ve all seen, and yet haven’t seen,” is the thesis of interest for London-based photographer Edward Horsford who has created a series of stunning images that capture a water balloon at the point of bursting. The high-speed shots are evidence of exquisite timing. The stillness of the majority of the frame is in striking contrast to the burst of water that is just beginning its giant splash of movement.

In an interview, the photographer said, “I spend several hours planning each shoot and what I want to achieve.” Using a long steel rod to pop the balloons, the split-second moment is captured using strobe lights and a custom-built trigger. He uses small-sized balloons so that the rubber is stretched thin, and sometimes fills them with dyed water so as to experiment with color contrasts between the balloon and its background.

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