Ice Polarized

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FRIZION - Burble\'s Gradient

FRIZION: Burble’s Gradient by Dr. Peter J. Wasilewski. Photograph.

“How does a ‘Frizion’ evolve? Thin layers of water are frozen, manipulated, and viewed through polarized light.  Light has wave-like properties, one of which is vibration. Ordinary white light vibrates in many directions, but a polarizing filter blocks all light except that which is vibrating in a single direction.  A polarizing filter is placed on a light table to polarize the light passing through. A petri dish with a thin layer of water in the process of freezing is placed over the filter. As the polarized light passes through the forming ice crystals, it is bent in two slightly different directions and forms two different rays of light. The color palette in the images is created by rotating a second polarizing filter placed over the ice to intercept and resolve these emerging light rays.” 

“The eye and brain combine the mixture of physical colors to produce a striking color impression. I began to control the way the ice grows, into forms I desired, always with color as my guide. Simple forms, detailed and complex forms, and forms that simply happened, as though I imagined them, established my medium.  Ice growth became the landscape, and thickness and the polarizer sheet morphed into my color palette.”    - Dr. Peter J. Wasilewski

For more great images of ice, landscapes, and seascapes, you should check out:
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