SPARTA, NJ – Fridgit tempertatures were turned into an opportunity to create art by photography students at Sparta High School. Christy Graham’s students went out in the cold to photograph ice bubbles and other ice themed scenes.
Zoe Merold, William Kristiansen and Baily Plotts took on the difficult challenge of photographing a bubble turned into ice, before it popped. Graham said they students had to work fast to get a clear photo as the bubbles froze in five second.
"I've been trying to photograph frozen bubbles for over four years- and finally with the freezing temperatures, class time and a lot of patience I finally succeeded," Plotts said.
“Regular bubbles wouldn’t cut it because they pop instantly once they hit the snow,” Graham said. Researching the subject Graham found adding light corn syrup added to the short lifespan of the bubble allowing a small window of opportunity to capture the image.
Other students chose a variety of ice themed subjects, if their ice bubbles were not successful, according to Graham.
“I’m so proud of the students that braved the cold and didn’t give up,” Graham said. “We have been trying for a few years so it is pretty exciting for it to finally work out for the kids. I’m so excited for them.”
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