Electric photography

Hiroshi Sugimoto electricity photo

Wired has posted a gallery of beautiful electricity photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto.

For his latest project, called Lightning Fields, the award-winning photographer traded optics for electricity. He wields a Van de Graaff generator to send up to 400,000 volts through film to a metal table. The resulting fractal branching, subtle feathering, and furry whorls call to mind vascular systems, geologic features, and trees.