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Emergent Behavior: Floating Swarms Photographed by Thomas Jackson


For his ongoing series Emergent Behavior, photographer Thomas Jackson creatively brings swarms of  airborne common objects to serene environments where you might least expect them. As Jackson has continued to perfect his swarm photography, his technique has progressed. Initially the photographer suspended the multitudes of cups, glow sticks, plates and other objects by digitally erasing the monofilament lines in Photoshop in post-production. More recently Jackson discovered materials that are almost invisible at normal viewing distance and when viewing close-up, so Photoshop is only used for contrast adjustments and standard color. See some of Jackson’s work below.

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