Jonathan Knowles’ Interstellar Soup

Article by Mark Watkins for Graphis, August 21, 2013.


Jonathan Knowles has created miniature studio imaginings of epic interstellar collisions that rely as much on a vast technical expertise as on virtuoso color arrangements. Knowles is known for his high-speed photographic captures of liquid in flight, and these cosmic variations in controlled chaos share a lineage with the experimental combinations of smoke, paint, chemicals, and fluorescent dyes that visual effects artists like Douglas Trumbull use to visualize the cryptic, galactic sequences in films like 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Tree of Life. Knowles has described the series as a personal project “exploring the dawn of time and birth of a solar system”.


Other related 2013 high-speed camera work by Knowles were his Ink Series and Broken Britain for Wieden and Kennedy and The Guardian. Knowles submitted Flaviana Gold and Sophie H to past Graphis competitions, both which earned him a Gold, as well as Red Dress, Batman, Captain America, Flaviana Bronze, Exhaustion, and Sandstorm. He’s a prolific investigator of visual communication.


Photographer: Jonathan Knowles
Client: 125 Magazine
Country: United Kingdom