The Hydrology series is a study of natural patterns that occur momentarily when water begins to transform into ice at the onset of winter. I was fascinated by the elaborate, unpredictable and beautiful shapes that were forming and morphing on a small lake in an urban park as winter temperatures started to descend. This particular crystallization process lasted approximately a week, as the temperature fluctuated, eventually evolving into solid ice. My intention was to express and share the ephemeral mystery of these patterns announcing the arrival of winter and to provoke reflection and an internal dialogue regarding the energy, complexity and beauty of the transition process from water into a solid state.
Regarding the phenomena on a molecular level, absolutely pure water will remain liquid until its temperature has dropped to -38.1°C. Therefore, crystallization will occur only when the first two molecules will lock together using some microscopic particles in the water as a nucleation point. A single bacterium, a speck of dust, or some other very tiny object is necessary to provide the initial template upon which the crystal begins. The uniqueness and variety of shapes is analogous to snowflakes.
The images were taken from a top down view, on a weighted tripod with spikes in place to remain stationary on the ice. Technically this project posed some problems.