Tabula Rasa

This surreally beautiful project, created by dropping pigment into water, is one of two student projects chosen as Best in Book in the CR Photography Annual

Birmingham City University student Andy Pilsbury describes Tabula Rasa, our second student Best in Book winner this year, as, “A multifaceted art project combining high-speed photography, moving image and ethereal soundscapes to create surreal flourishing landscapes. Essentially it is a voyeuristic look at the hypnotic behaviour of different coloured paints in water. Through practice (namely trial and error) we’ve developed the process enough to make it somewhat malleable.” The series was created in collaboration with art director Ernest Otoo: together the pair work as Plume.

Tabula Rasa by Andy Pilsbury and Ernest Otoo/Plume
Tabula Rasa by Andy Pilsbury and Ernest Otoo/Plume
Tabula Rasa by Andy Pilsbury and Ernest Otoo/Plume
Tabula Rasa by Andy Pilsbury and Ernest Otoo/Plume
Tabula Rasa by Andy Pilsbury and Ernest Otoo/Plume
Tabula Rasa by Andy Pilsbury and Ernest Otoo/Plume
Tabula Rasa by Andy Pilsbury and Ernest Otoo/Plume
Tabula Rasa by Andy Pilsbury and Ernest Otoo/Plume
Tabula Rasa by Andy Pilsbury and Ernest Otoo/Plume
Tabula Rasa by Andy Pilsbury and Ernest Otoo/Plume

“These images have a smokey, trippy feel that makes you want to look at every bit of them. There’s a beautiful movement and colour in the shots and the composition feels quite timeless.” 
Tom Lancaster, Topman, CR Photo Annual judge

See all the winning work from the Creative Review Photography Annual online here. The December issue of CR, which includes the Photo Annual, can be bought here

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