Kim Pimmel’s Compressed 02 timelapse photography project reveals the beauty of bubbles and nature.
In his day job Kim Pimmel is a senior UX designer for Microsoft, outside of this he is also a photographer. A photographer who likes to experiment with colour, textures and light.
In one of his projects called Compressed, Kim investigates the photographic effects of liquids and bubbles. He challenges viewers to see something deeper in the ebb and flow of an intricate network of bubbles. His work explores and creates hypnotizing images, making bubbles a natural phenomena that feel far from real.
Kim Pimmel’s work embodies endless experimentation, fueled by a fascination for the organic flow of patterns, textures and nature’s prophecies. A subject matter reserved for the ever curious, Kim’s Compressed series is a concoction of the “mundane” with the strange.
Perhaps some will connect Kim’s work with sci-fi overtones, a modern reflection of the fabled 2001, A Space Odyssey sequence. “Compressed 02” harnesses the power of the unusual and unseen, and is equally unnerving in a manner that is hard to look away from. The music Kim composed lends its hands to this, exuding an atmosphere that is alien. Kim believes that building the soundtrack while editing allowed image and audio to come together in the strongest possible way.
Not only does the series revolve around experimentation, the process of filming was a series of trial and errors. Kim was first forced to play around with the quality of bubbles before even introducing the chosen black liquid. “The black liquid in the film is ferrofluid, and this is essentially tiny metal particles suspended in fluid, so it is naturally attracted to magnets. The black sphere in the film is a small magnet, which pulls the ferrofluid towards itself. But not all the motion of the ferrofluid was done through magnetism – most of it was actually done using the natural capillary action of the bubbles.”
Shooting all the scenes using a macro lens was a must, however Kim didn’t have one to start with. He resorted to taping a medium lens backwards in front of a Nikon nifty fifty, a home-brew lens that “got the job done” but lacked aperture control. Finally, he decided to buy an AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D lens, which proved most effective. Yet even with the new lens, the difficulties of focusing on the moving object and the unpredictable nature of fluids movements was challenging. In total he captured 375,000 shots with his Nikon D90.
His DIY ingenuity didn’t end there: “With Compressed 02 I was still using stop motion techniques – shooting still frames and combining them on the computer. The advantage to this was that I got close to 4K resolution footage using only my D90. I also made my own intervalometer, which meant that I could capture scenes as close to real time as possible.”
These powerful and mesmerizing images that Kim creates do not only describe beauty in unpredictable interactions, but also in how the viewer reacts to such abstract imagery. Where one person finds comfort another may feel fear and urgency – and that is the power of nature, Kim says.
You can follow Kim Pimmel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kpimmel
His photographic work is on Flickr: http://bit.ly/1tlWeQO
And his videos are available on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/kimpimmel