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Artist Sandro Bocci uses macro imagery of fluids in his new piece “Porgrave” to create scenes reminiscent of celestial landscapes and the first moments of life. Surface tension, the Marangoni effect, and diffusion create pulsating motion in some frames whereas immiscible liquids form untouchable islands in others. “Porgrave” reminds me of work by Pery Burge and Julia Cuddy as well as sequences from films like 2001 and The Fountain, both of which created some of their effects with macro photography of fluids. Still images from “Porgrave” are available on Bocci’s site. (Video credit and submission: S. Bocci)

ETA: This article originally misprinted the artist’s name as “Sandro Bocchi” and has been updated with the correct spelling. 

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