Tim Tadder creates new ‘hairstyles’ using water balloons, lasers, a sound trigger, and a spectrum of colorful lighting.
For his photography series, Water Wigs, L.A. photographer Tim Tadder snapped pictures of bald men getting pummeled on the head with water balloons. The moment captured around the shiny domes resulted in halos, mohawks, Constitution-era hairstyles, and shag-like splashes. Tadder explains the process is not nearly as simple as it looks:
We used a laser and sound trigger to capture the right moments for each subject to create just the head of hair that fit best with the face. We chose to work with triads of colors to create images that are arresting and amusing at the same time. We feel the color helps transform the water into some more and adds greater visual interest.
To capture the perfect shot, Tadder also had to make his studio completely dark and ‘freeze’ the water balloon explosion with a high-speed flash firing at one ten-thousandth of a second. Although Tadder described the process as ‘laborious,’ we think the stunning images are well worth the trouble.
Scroll through additional ‘wig’ pictures in the gallery below: