05/29/2012 10:52 am ET | Updated May 30, 2012

Jack Long's Incredible Water Splash Flowers (PHOTOS)

Flowers have long been a favorite subject of painters throughout the ages, but while most artists spend hours perfecting the way the light hits each petal, Jack Long captures the whole flower, leaves, and pot in a single splash.

The artist created his high-speed photo series, called "Vessels and Blooms," by quickly snapping a photograph just as drops of color splash in the air. Through this process, he creates an entire still life from the mixture of water, thickener, pigment and dye. Although the flower is captured in a split second, however, much preparation goes into making sure the final shot is just right. Long told the Huffington Post UK: "Hundreds of captures are made in testing and then many more during the actual final capture stage." His works are not composites; each one captures a splash in a flash!

Go wild over the liquid flora below, which the Daily Mail calls, "blooming marvellous!"

Vessels and Blooms