Absorbing ink: making the invisible visible

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3rd year Graphic Design Student Laura Hudson’s final major degree project uses time lapse photography to document ink gradually absorbing into blotting paper to reveal a phrase. Laura created this piece with the Time to Change mental health campaign in mind.

Laura used 330gsm scientific grade blotting paper to withstand the level of liquid being absorbed, and carefully suspended it with just the right amount of tension. She found that the ink slowed as it went up, by day 6 she was just taking a photo every 12 hours. Day 15 was the half way point, then on day 29 “I thought we’d reached saturation point as it hadn’t moved for 3 days, but today it did!”

See the finished time lapse film below.

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Laura Hudson is a 3rd year graphic design student at the University of Huddersfield. Follow her on twitter at @lhudsondesign

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