Photographer "Toys" with Centrifugal Force

Photographer "Toys" with Centrifugal Force

If you look at Toronto-based photographer Peter Schafrick's webpage you will quickly become aware of his special affinity towards the use of liquids in his work. In one of his most recent series - "Toys" - he uses paints, toys and centrifugal force to create spectacular images full of color and motion. Bright colors, high shutter speeds, low aperture and a shallow depth of field all contribute towards achieving these unique pieces, but the special ingredient is a custom-built contraption nicknamed "The Spinster".
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“Perched behind a layer of foam core and decked out in his well-loved paint covered jeans Peter spun, splattered and whirled a few carefully selected toys round and round. The result is a new series in the making entitled "Toys" a mash up of everything from decapitated dolls to plastic power tools.”
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“We’ve got a new addition here in the studio… a custom built contraption affectionately nick named The Spinster. Spinster brought us lots of joy last week on it’s first test-run of whirling-spattery goodness.”
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“A few dolls were most definitely harmed in the making of these photos. Don’t worry, we gave them an honourable send-off, so to speak:”
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via [Peter's Blog]

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absolutely beautiful!!

RUSS T.'s picture

ok that's awesome :)
MESSY, but awesome :D

Shankar Narayanan's picture

Centripetal ?? I think centrifugal! The paint is pushed away from the center of the circle, just like in a centrifuge.

Awesome effect & nice captures!

Kenn Tam's picture

Shucks. I used the correct term in the article and mucked it up in the title. Thanks for the catch Shankar.

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Technically calling it a force isn't correct either but titling the post, 'Photographer “Toys” with Centrifugal Motion of Inertia' would have made the title too long and is a lot less catchy. :P

Jerrit Pruyn's picture

Good job on using the correct physics term. Most people have it backwards.

Beautiful work! Clearly, he's mastered this technique.