Mickey Alice Kwapis

taxidermy & craft

OIL PUDDLE RAINBOWS - 35MM

When it rains and oil leaks turn into thin layers on the tops of rain puddles, visually amazing things happen. After a quick Google search I learned that the "rainbow" you see has everything to do with varying thicknesses of the oil as well as the angle from which you view the oil spill. There is actually a lot of math and science that goes into explaining this phenomenon (if you want to call it that) but I just like them because they're pretty, and I spent a rainy week documenting them using my Yashica T4 Super and some old Walgreens brand 35mm film.

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I must have looked so strange, running around on rainy days trying to capture every oil spill on camera. I know this is such a silly post, but I just think these photos are beautiful and if I don't get to see a real rainbow in the sky after a thunderstorm at least I can look down at parking lots for some half-assed ones!

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