Whether at age eight or eighty, there is something endlessly fascinating about the beauty of a soap bubble. Jason Tozer captures the fleeting colors and swirls of suds in his series of high resolution photographs. The London-based artist used a Hasselblad camera with a 135mm lens along with a lighting technique that required a large dome to illuminate the surface of each bubble. Resembling oil slicks or the atmospheres of alien worlds, the photographs highlight a subject that is at once familiar and foreign.
Jason Tozer’s work spans the gamut from personal to professional, working as both an artist for commercial and self-directed projects. Influenced by the confluence of art and technology from an early age, Tozer’s body of work includes both editorial advertising and exploration of natural forms. His series of magnified bubble photographs appear almost abstract, showcasing a rainbow of colors suspended in the soap’s thin film. To capture his subjects, he used a Hasselblad camera outfitted with a 65 megappixel PhaseOne digital back on a set of extension bellows. He constructed a huge 2 by 3 meter perspex dome to change the lighting and heighten the details.
Organic and bordering on psychedelic, the patterns and shapes of the bubbles were manipulated with a straw to create swirls resembling the weather patterns of planets. Each hue is true to reality with no after-effects manipulation. Tozer has also completed similar series of pictures with smoke, ice, and broken glass.