Manon Wethly, A photographer and designer based in Belgium explores what happens to liquids (specifically drinks) as they are thrown in the air and gain independence from their containers.
Watching her photos, really gave me a strong urge to climb somewhere tall and spill drinks.
I asked Manon on her inspiration, to which she replied: “The inspiration is simple: I catch a split second in time .. One that you hardly see with your eyes. One that will never return.. And it’s fascinating what kind if shapes things get while they ‘fly’..“
As for the process, Manon takes most of the photographs with an iPhone (though lately she’s trying a 5DmkII) and the process is as simple as you would imagine. It all comes down to how creative you can get with a drink and a glass:
“Creating is simple, especially with the iPhone. I throw the stuff myself and just click. It’s better to feel the timing if you are the one throwing. With the other camera I need help sometimes, yes. Especially if I want a nice swirl. Again: it is all about timing. I work very intuitive so it’s hard to explain. It’s always different settings on my camera, depending on weather, light, …“
Carefully examining the Exif from the photos reveals that they are taken at 1/500 or less. Not that it should be surprising with the liquids so perfectly still.