I created this image for the Canon Light awards in Adelaide as part of a brief following a master class presented by Toby Burrows, a Sydney based commercial photographer.
The brief was to create an image to advertise a new line of bottled water without being too obvious or literal about it. So using a single light source, a fish bowl, blue paper, water and a cordless drill, this simple image eventually came to life and was expertly finished off by some powerful words quoted by my colleague Peter Barnes. Although he may not actually be a professor on paper, his words still suited the image perfectly and were profound nonetheless.
The technique was simple - create a vortex of water with the drill and shoot it, freezing that movement. The hard part was choosing the right image out of over 300 pictures. I didn't want to see bubbles as they would give away the sense of scale; I wanted to give the illusion that this was a large mountain or iceberg against the sky with the sun rising behind it.
So here it is, an image I'm proud of accompanied by a quote that we should all consider.