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Lovely bubbly! Photographer finds inspiration in her dishwasher

"The liquid swirls around and colourful shapes can be seen and will amaze you if you look very closely"

An artist can find inspiration in the strangest of places but one photographer never expected it to strike while doing the dishes.

Jane Thomas was busy doing housework when she spotted incredible patterns in the bubbles of her dishwater.

The 58-year-old had been a photographer for many years but had never looked so close to home for her subjects.

This photo of patterns in bubbles looks like an ink painting (Caters)


She said: "I'm a very keen photographer always looking for unusual subjects. There are none more so than the strange and fantastic patterns in soap - the flat film in a child's  'bubble wand' before it is blown into bubbles.

"The liquid swirls around and colourful shapes can be seen and will amaze you if you look very closely."

The photographer from Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, noticed the remarkable patterns whilst doing the washing up.

She said: "I leaned in very closely and saw that there were tiny patterns swirling about so rushed off to find my camera and try some experiments.

The brightly coloured photo is an extreme close-up of the swirling patterns in bubbles (Caters)

"I have since experimented with lots of soaps, especially the commercially available 'bubble mixture' that comes in little pots for children but also shampoos and different washing up liquids.

"The thicker the better because the patterns last longer."

The bubbles create spectacular shapes in an array of bright rainbow colours which produces unusual photographs.

The former music teacher added:  "I like to photograph them with my Nikon D600 camera and Nikkor 105mm macro lens. I don't use flash, just a small office angle-poise lamp, and I use a remote control shutter release cable in my left hand while I focus with the right.
Jane created the extraordinary affect using many different types of soap (Caters)

"Technically speaking, the patterns arise naturally from the interference of reflected light rays from the front and rear surface of a thin film of soapy water in the tiny frame or 'bubble wand'.

"The inner circle which I use for most of these photos measures approx 18mm. Most of the shots are of very tiny areas - just a few millimetres - within that ring.

"It's almost impossible to photograph the whole area because only small parts are in focus at any one time."

Jane Thomas with packs of bubble soap she uses to create her works of art (Caters)