“Water Wigs”: Behind the Scenes with Tim Tadder’s Photos.
Art and science collide in photographer Tim Tadder’s series “Water Wigs” and “Water Wigs Women”. In these perfectly timed photographs, Tadder captures his models wearing hair that’s made out of water. He achieves the process with water balloons, tacks, a creative vision that defies ordinary poses, and, no doubt, extreme patience. (Photos by Tim Tadder)
In an earlier interview, Tadder explained a bit about the setup for these images. They’re shot in complete dark, using powerful strobes to capture the action so sharply. Originally, he triggered the strobes and camera using a laser trigger with a slight delay, so that as the balloon dropped it would cut the path of the laser beam, and hopefully trigger when burst. But when that proved too unreliable, he switched to an audio trigger, snapping the photos with the sound of the balloon popping.