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.

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.

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