Mark Mawson is a London based photographer with over 25 years experience and a specialty in shooting colorful liquids. One of the greatest highlights of his career happened back in 2011, when he was contacted by a London production company to produce a piece for The Queen’s diamond jubilee celebration. A year later, it was projected on the walls of Buckingham Palace. And after years of nagging, he was finally given access to the video, which can be viewed in his Dripbook portfolio.
“We had several production meetings where we discussed things like colour palettes, slow motion and shapes that we would produce,” says Mawson. “The concept for the work was to create beautiful colours and shapes which swirl and blend with each other in a kind of dance in time to the music, which was Sir Paul McCartney’s Magical Mystery Tour.”
Mawson adds that this was the largest scale shoot he’d ever worked on—he generally shoots liquids like this using tanks that are significantly smaller than the ones used for this job.
“While we shot with one tank, the others were being cleaned and filled with clean water,” says Mawson. “When we were finished with one, it would be wheeled out and a fresh tank wheeled into position. It was challenging and kept me on my toes but I was sure we would nail it.”
Technically speaking, Mawson explains that it was shot in slow motion at a variety of frame rates from 200 to 800 fps. In addition, there was a second camera set up at 60 fps while several 10k lights were placed above and to the sides of the tank.
“It was the proudest moment in my professional career seeing it on the Palace walls with thousands of people seeing it including the Royal family,” he says.