Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz Returns with “Splash Villains” Photo Calendar

Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz is back with a special edition of his Splash Heroes. 

London-based Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz has always been on our radar for his unique and innovative splash portraits, beginning with the Milky Pinups project. He recently released the latest version of the Splash Heroes series, aptly titled The VILLAINS Edition. So, we asked him to tell us more about the newest iteration of his fan-favorite series; the inspirations, motivations behind it, the creative process, and the challenges everything entailed. If you’re a fan of comic book characters and out of the box creative projects, we’re sure you’ll enjoy our latest interview with Jaroslav.

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Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz’s Latest Shoot Continues His Stopping Liquids at High Speed

Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz recently shot an ad for Atom Compression Wear using his signature look.

When I think about photographers who are really, truly unique, the name Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz of course comes to mind. Very few have been able to do what he does. We’ve covered lots of his work in the past with him making it really big with his Milky Pinups, then Splash Heroes, Bamboo ForestFallen Angels, and Splashscreen. But his latest project is much more commercial and done for Atom Compression Wear.

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Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz’s SplashScreen is an Ode to Cinematic Starlets Using Milk Splashes (NSFW)

Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz’s SplashScreen is the latest project he’s been working on this year.

Chances are, if you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you’re most likely familiar with Jaroslav Weiczorkiewicz’s work. First he made the interwebs with Milky Pinups, then we found his Liquid Bamboo forest work, then Splash Heroes and then Fallen Angels. But now he’s finished a brand new series he’s calling SplashScreen. SplashScreen is an ode to cinematic starlets and he used milk, lighting and backgrounds to do it all. Jaroslav has done these traditionally using very precise milk throwing and very fast flash durations to capture the impact. Then it’s been a bit of Photoshop blending to create absolutely fantastic art. We had some time to speak to Jaroslav before SplashScreen’s release and he told us about the inspiration and how it was all done.

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Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz’s Fallen Angels Is an Ode to Victims


All images by Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz. Used with permission.

Photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz is world famous for lots of the work that he’s done. It started with the Milky Pinups, then the Splash Wars, and before all that was the Bamboo Forest. They’ve all used liquid and milk to create shapes and clothing on people. But now, he’s releasing a brand new series. It’s called Fallen Angels, and is being released in a Calendar for those interesting in purchasing it.

For Jaroslav, Fallen Angels has a very deep and personal importance. A couple of years back, his mother got breast cancer and she is still fighting it. But he also lost a lot of people who were very dear to him. “You can find in that set images related to my mother battle with breast cancer, cases of severe depression in my family, my gay friends that were moving from country to country to find their peace, soldiers coming home wounded from a warfares or simply my fear of constantly passing time.” says Jaroslav about the project. Fallen Angels is his personal ode to all of them.


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Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz’s Liquid Bamboo Forest Shoot (Slightly NSFW)


All images by Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz. Used with permission.

Before Milky Pinups and Splash Heroes, photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz had been experimenting with milk, liquid, models and high flash duration capabilities. It’s called the Bamboo Forest shoot and is a bit of an ode to the Asian oriented action flicks. Jaroslav originally did this shoot as part of his experimental portfolio but liked the results so much that he started to include them in his actual portfolio.

Of course, like every other photographer, he had to start somewhere. When Jaroslav pitched the idea of throwing buckets of milk over and over again to lots of models, they all said no. But Jay Jessop said yes–and the result is what started Jaroslav’s incredible series of work that helped to land him on our list of the most inspirational photographers out there.

We talked to him about the beginnings of his liquid photo series.

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Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz’s Splash Heroes Uses Liquid To Create Costumes (Slightly NSFW)


All images by Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz. Used with permission.

Photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz is no stranger to the Phoblographer. He runs Aurumlight, and after we featured his Milky Pinups (NSFW) and they made the rounds on the internet, FairLife Milk purchased the images for an advertising campaign. But now, Jaroslav is out with a new project called splash heroes. The photos are being made into a new 2015 calendar that he has recently told the public about.

Jaroslav’s creations are both technical and creative masterpieces that require lots of work and can get very, very messy. His Milky Pinups required lots of calculations, exact placement of milk being thrown at a subject, precise timing of the camera/flash trigger, and lots of post-production. Splash Heroes builds on this concept but pays homage to many strong female heroes in the comics.

Mr. Wieczorkiewicz told us about the project before its announcement, and of course it whet our appetite for more.

You should also know that he plans to bring a workshop on this type of photography to the United States.

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Creating the Photograph: Jaroslav’s, “Milky Pinups”



Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com

Jaroslav is a Polish photographer that hails from London. He has a Fine Arts background with a degree is Architecture–which taught him how to solve lots of complex problems. That problem solving helped with the founding of this studio: AurumLight (WARNING NSFW LINK). The studio specializes in limited calendars, advertising, and conceptual photography; and they’ve had many campaigns in Europe and the US.

So when we found Jaroslav’s Milk PinUps, we were very intrigued as to how they were done. We talked to Jaroslav for this latest edition of Creating the Photograph.

And here’s his story.

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The Force is Strong in Our Favorite Star Wars-Themed Projects

Attention, Star Wars fans! We’ve got a bunch of cool projects to get you inspired to shoot your own this coming Star Wars Day!

We’re sure a lot of photographers have something planned for the coming Star Wars Day, whether it’s documenting fan events and celebrations or shooting their own themed projects. If it’s the latter for you, we have a bunch of cool projects that should get you inspired and filled with ideas! Over the years, Star Wars-themed photography projects have been among our favorites, so there’s a lot of cool stuff for us to give a second look. Not only are they perfect for the occasion, they’re also great examples of inspiring work and impressive creativity!

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Turning 10: Chris Gampat Gets Candid About Running The Phoblographer

The Phoblographer is turning 10! Party! Well, actually, a conversation with our EIC, Chris Gampat – even if I had to twist his arm to talk to me!

“Let me get this right. You‘re asking to interview me on my own site?” Phoblographer Editor in Chief and Founder Chris Gampat asks. “That’s right. And with the site turning 10 later this year, now’s the best time to do it” I tell him. Chris once said to me “Dan, I trust you with interviews and would like to give you as much creative license as possible.” Famous last words, as just when The Phoblographer is about to turn 10, I want to interview him! So like the annoying kid who got a voice recorder for Christmas, I relentlessly corner him until he has no escape – encouraging him to answer my questions.

It has been a great 10 years: a story full of emotion and inspiration. It’s a story I’ve only been a part of for a short period of time, but one I’ve loved every single page of so far. So, whilst Chris may have been hesitant to speak with me, I’m super stoked he did. With that, let’s take a look at the wonderful world of being an editor, business owner and pretty much everything else in between…

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No One Wants to Buy a Print of Your Photograph Because of This

No one wants to buy your prints partially because of the fact that you (if you’re reading this), are most likely a nobody in the photography industry. That’s a very broad and general statement, but let me explain.

It’s a known fact that photographers have been printing less and less over the years. Part of it is because we don’t need to, and instead distribute images online through communities. This is inherently built into the current crop of photographers coming up these days. They understand Polaroids, but they don’t understand prints. Like, seriously, what do you do with them?

Of course, not all of us are of this mentality.

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The Failure of Modern Documentary Photography and Photojournalism

For generations, what photographers have tried to do to get society to change its minds about social and political issues is showing exactly what happens. We, as in most of society, are behind a safety of sorts: there are screens, editors, warnings etc that the most graphic photojournalism and documentary stories that can really change a person’s mind about an issue. These censors have made the public immune to so many things–so much so that we continue on to other stories like those of some kid blaming Pokemon Go for them walking into traffic.

Why? We, as a society, like being entertained pretty much to death,

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Creating the Photograph: Manu Cabañero’s “Splash Wars: Darth Vader” (Slightly NSFW)


Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they concepted an image, shot it, and edited it. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching readers how to light. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Earlier on, the Phoblographer featured the work of Manu Cabañero, who did the Splash Wars series of images. Manu drew his inspiration from the great Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz and his Milky Pinups series. The idea: to create clothing on models out of milk–but to make the milk hit in shapes that resemble a specific look. In this case, we’re talking about Star Wars.

Manu was kind enough to walk us through his creation of the image that resembles Darth Vader.

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Splash Wars Creates Star Wars Characters Using Milk and Models


All images by Manu Cabanero. Used with permission.

“I’m a geek passionate for films and comics.” says Manu Cabanero in his email to the Phoblographer about his latest and greatest photo project called Splash Wars. Inspired by the work of Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz, Manu is a self-taught portrait photographer based in Barcelona.

While exploring Behance, I found his profile and the work he was doing way back in September. But Manu told me of a bigger project he was working on. So far, he’s only done with part one of Splash Wars, and there is much more to come.

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10 Inspirational Photographers That You Should Be Following

Image by Marius Vieth

Image by Marius Vieth

All images by the respective photographers. Used with permission in our original interviews with them.

One of the truest facts of photography and the art world is that ideas always become recycled, modified and worked on. Photographers are always looking for new inspiration and ways to incorporate other ideas into their own current creative endeavors. But amongst all of the photographers out there, 12 stand out to us more than the others.

This isn’t any ordinary list. The folks like Zack Arias, Jeremy Cowart, and Brian Matiash are all well known amongst the photography community. These folks aren’t necessary the underdogs,  but you should consider them to be up-and-coming at the very least.

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A Quick Introduction to High Speed Flash Photography

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer TriggerTrap Flash Adapter review black and white (1 of 1)ISO 2003.0 sec at f - 6.4

High Speed flash photography is one of the funnest things that you can do to creatively capture motion that otherwise isn’t very visible to the human eye. We’re talking about split second moments that otherwise can be even tough to capture for standard cameras. In a way though, high speed flash capabilities can make most ordinary cameras much more capable.

Here’s a quick introduction to high speed flash photography.

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Manu Cabañero Unveils Next Image in Splash Wars Series

All images by Manu Cabañero. Used with permission. Also be sure to check out our Kickstarter!

Photographer Manu Cabañero worked on the Splash Wars photography series a while back as an ode to Star Wars. It was a lot of work to create these images and just today he unveiled Mara Jade. Manu tells the Phoblographer he created this one because he didn’t really create a photo another Jedi yet.

“Mara was a good choice to show the Light Side of the Force.” he tells us. “Mara Jade is a fictional character in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, in this case I have more freedom to represent their physical appearance because there are different interpretations of their appearance and clothing,”

He did it for “May the 4th”–an iconic date for Star Wars nerds.

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