Talk about thinking outside of the box.
Nathaniel Stern is an artist based out of Wisconsin and for the past decade, he has been strapping desktop scanner imaging rigs and battery packs to his body and experimenting with creating images with these devices. In his series, Rippling Images, Stern and his team took the devices underwater, off the coast of Key Largo in Florida.
After months spent getting the proper diving certifications and designing 10 different systems, building 5 devices and finally taking 3 of them with him underwater, the results didn’t quite turn out the way he anticipated.
Everything leaked, everything broke, nothing did what I wanted or expected: and this is precisely what must have happened to finally see the 18 wondrous prints.
The boxes captured some interesting images – nothing Stern had imagined nor intended, but “that,” he says, “is precisely the nature of experimental work.” Nevertheless, Stern finds these images not only interesting, but beautiful and thought provoking. And they certainly are.
He released this 3 minute video explaining the series and the process:
Make sure you check out Nathaniel Stern’s website to see the rest of the images and more of his interesting experimental work.