Crystals growing in 8K looks like a vast and beautiful expanding antarctic wasteland

Mar 7, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Crystals growing in 8K looks like a vast and beautiful expanding antarctic wasteland

Mar 7, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Join the Discussion

Share on:

Growing crystals fascinated me as a kid. I remember my parents buying me an Introduction to Chemistry experiment kit – which actually contained a “flexidisc” (a flexible album, basically) of Johnny Ball narrating and guiding you through the experiments. There were a bunch of different crystal growing experiments contained within that I just had to try. In fact, they might actually have been the only experiments in the kit that I did try.

So, you can imagine my eyes widening when I saw this music video for Sébastien Guérive’s Bellatrix, shot and directed by French video artist Thomas Blanchard, which is four solid minutes of crystal growing, shot in glorious 8K on the RED Helium 8K with the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x macro lens.

The experimental film is absolutely mesmerising with a style that suits the growing crystals extremely well. Some shots really do look like a vast icy wasteland. One shot, in particular, even reminds me of elements of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. Thomas tells DIYP that the crystals are made with sodium acetate. These crystals are created in relative warmth, although it is cooling the liquid to an unstable state that causes the exothermic crystallisation reaction to begin. It’s no wonder they’re often referred to as “hot ice“.

It’s a beautifully put together piece with visuals that match the music perfectly! If you recognise the name Thomas Blanchard, it might be from a previous video of his we featured containing carnivorous plants!

Filed Under:

Tagged With:

Find this interesting? Share it with your friends!

John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Join the Discussion

DIYP Comment Policy
Be nice, be on-topic, no personal information or flames.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *