"As a busy frontline healthcare worker, I use my photography as a mindfulness tool to keep me happy and relaxed in my free time," explains macro photographer Andrea Hunt. "Macro photography reveals details that are rarely seen, and a lot of creativity can be achieved from within the limits of your house and garden."
To recreate Andrea's surrealist shots you'll need a glass baking dish, raised off the floor at each corner and filled with water. Then add your oil – gradually, so you can experiment with different quantities. To add eye-catching colour to the oil, Andrea places a smartphone or tablet under the dish with a colourful display, but you could also use coloured card or wallpaper.
When shooting a suspended oil shot, it's easiest to focus manually and shoot in Aperture priority (Av) mode. "Shooting at f/10 gives me enough depth of field to cover a layer of oil without reaching the bottom of the glass dish," says Andrea.
You can use the same technique to lighten up household chores. Photographer Tibo Tuypens found dishwashing liquid can produce beautiful, geometric shapes, by simply adding a few drops to a shallow layer of water in a baking dish.
For the background, Tibo likes to use coloured sheets of paper. "I then use a flash to reflect the colours through the water," he says. "This works great for combining colours and creating gradients."
To produce bubbles, simply grab a straw and blow into the water – then get shooting! "Whatever you put in front of your lens, it's always a playground of shapes, textures and scattered light," says Tibo.
Written by Phil Hall