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cymatics liquid formations

I decided to try out my own form of cymatics ‘sound visualisation’ for my Final exhibition of my University degree in Photography.

After several months of researching cymatics and producing hundreds of test shots, I found my own way of capturing this phenomena and created a 16 image series that was featured in the degree exhibition

Below are some of the images which I selected to form my collection.

Post production was  minimal (cropping, aligning and increased black to the bottom of the images) as my technical research and photographic experiments allowed me the best way to optimise the parameters of the shots.

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I have also included a picture of myself at the degree show next to my work to show how I took the images out of chronological sequence to produce a conceptual post modernistic context.

cymatics sculpture photography "cherry harrison" sound formations surreal

For the exhibition I also had to devise a statement that provided context to my work and represented me as an artist.


Below is the statement I wrote:

Structured Entropy Arrested Vibration

The foundations of the universe can be defined by energy, mass and entropy, with vibration being the vessel that interlinks them all. Entropy is the measurement of disorder and this factor can help in the understanding of the irregularities and inconsistencies that occur in all aspects of our existence.

The primal instincts of Human nature are to progress and bring order to chaos. ‘Structured Entropy – Arrested Vibration’, is a photographic series that is been constructed to document the hidden formations that occur in reaction to the natural process of vibration. Using a speaker to provide vibration, Harrison has placed a mixture of consumer grade anti -aging cream onto the speaker and photographed the event, in a manner that suspends the moment of implosion.

The images have been taken out of a chronological sequence and arranged in a uniformed manner. 16 images have been chosen to be displayed in a 4×4 grid which  conforms to uniformity and aesthetically providing a sense of unity in variety. Particular consideration has also been given to the framing which provides separation.

Following the principles of Conceptual art and Post-modernist theory, Harrison endeavours to examine and question- temporality, absence, the human condition and our connections to the natural world, revealing the perpetuated tensions between order and complexity.


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Long exposure ND Filter

I had been wanting to take some more long exposure pictures in the daytime and knew that  I would need a stronger neutral density (nd) filter to stop the exposure from being blown out. In the past I had used an 8 stop filter to capture water and this had been good for places where there was not much light however I knew the beach in the sunshine would pose more challenges.

below are 2 of the images I took using a an 8 stop screw on nd filter.



If you have not heard of a neutral density filter or are unsure of their function, these filters can be attached to a lens and allow longer shutter speeds to be used in the daylight.

I found a really interesting article from Digital Photography School which explains how to use a 10 stop neutral density (ND) filter to create a dramatic look to a photograph. —– click for the article here

In 2014 I took a family holiday to Newquay in Cornwall UK and had the opportunity to try out a (screw on type) 10stop neutral density filter when we went to Fistral Beach.


  1. Nikon d90 dslr
  2. 18-55mm lens
  3. Manfrotto Tripod
  4. Remote Release cable
  5. 10 stop neutral density filter (screw type)



The image below shows the waves that were present on that day at Fistral

fistral beach newquay cornwall "long exposure"

f13 – S1/250 – ISO350

I used an app on my mobile phone called ‘ND filter calc’ which allowed me to put in the camera settings I used for the picture above to tell me what I could use with a 10 stop filter

The app calculated that I was able to use the following settings:

  • f16
  • s30 seconds
  • ISO 100

With a few tweaks for the different angles I was able to remove the waves and show a mist which was created by the exposure time and made the waves look creamy.

The challenges I found came with attaching the filter and maintaining a sturdy base for my tripod when positioned in the water as the waves kept making the tripod sink.

Below are some of the images that I managed to get with the 10 stop filter

fistral beach newquay "long exposure" photography

nikon "long exposure" photography tripod

fistral beach newquay "long exposure" photography

What are peoples thoughts on the 10 stop ND filter and is there a recommended brand?


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