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Capturing the Veined Beauty of Lightning

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Acclaimed Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto has turned his attention to electricity, with a new project entitled Lightning Fields. The word uses a Van de Graaf generator to run 400,000 volts through a metal table, creating remarkable patterns and designs.

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In a recent interview, Sugimoto explained both the artistic and practical underpinnings of the project:

"I see the spark of life itself, the lightning that struck the primordial ooze...I have a kitchen's worth of utensils that produce sparks with different characteristics...But there are many variables - weather, humidity, perhaps even what I had for breakfast - I'm never sure what influences the results."

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Some samples of his work are below. You can check out more of them here.

Illustration for article titled Capturing the Veined Beauty of Lightning
Illustration for article titled Capturing the Veined Beauty of Lightning
Illustration for article titled Capturing the Veined Beauty of Lightning
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Illustration for article titled Capturing the Veined Beauty of Lightning
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MargaretMoony
MargaretMoony

God, lighting is so cool! It's so shinny, pretty and destructive. I love it so.