Destruction/Creation: When Ink and Double Exposure Photography Digitally Collide


Inspired by the beautiful ink-in-water photography of Alberto Seveso — who, by the way, we’ve featured many times on PetaPixel, so definitely check that out — South African artist and photographer Chris Slabber recently put a spin on ink photography the likes of which we’ve not seen before.

Using his skills as a digital artist, he combined the genres of Ink Photography and Double Exposure portraits to create something that, in the interest of avoiding photography word inflation, is both good and beautiful (but not ‘stunning’ or ‘brain paralyzing’).

All jokes aside, what would have been impressive photographs to begin with are almost literally brought to life when Slabber uses his digital pen to pull human figures out of the swirls of brightly colored ink.


On Behance, Slabber describes the series as an exploration of the relationship between Creation and Destruction. “The idea behind this series was to show that from Destruction comes Creation,” he writes. “As the paint falls there is a constant point of creation, but at the same time it destroys itself.”

But enough description. Keep scrolling to see the resulting images both before and after manipulation:

















And as a bonus, here are a few GIFs of the ink clouds forming in the water as Slabber photographed them:

To see more of Slabber’s work, be sure to pay his Behance a visit. As with this series, much of it crosses the line from photography into digital art, but that certainly doesn’t take away from the inspiration to be found there.

(via My Modern Met)

Image credits: Images by Chris Slabber and used in accordance with Creative Commons license.

  • Toby Hawkins

    “Both good and beautiful (but not ‘stunning’ or ‘brain paralyzing’)” – I’m glad petapixel is learning :).

    Excellent series of images!

  • jaakewilson

    pretty wild

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  • Remi Carreiro

    awesome shots. lead image is really something. congratulations.

  • vipmediastar

    these are stunning. I like them.

  • 3ric15

    Great work!

  • Justin Sheely

    Just, awesome!

  • chris slabber

    Thanks everyone!

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    awesome! why didn’t i think of that?!

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  • chris slabber

    If you read my creative rational, I say that I was inspired by Alberto and really wanted too experiment with this technique

  • Lois Bryan

    can’t take my eyes off of these amazing works of art!!! WOW!!!! Tweeted!!