Falling Ink

Photographer Linden Gledhill created these nebula-like composites from photos of ink diffusing in water. The work was inspired by Mark Stock’s “Spherical Rayleigh-Taylor Instabilities” series featured here last week. Like Stock’s computational art, the twisted fingers and vortex rings above form due to the denser ink falling through less dense water. The interface between the two fluids distorts under the effects of gravity and the fluids’ relative motion. Such shapes are ephemeral at best; the falling ink will quickly become turbulent and diffuse throughout the water.  (Photo credit and submission: L. Gledhill)

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