Creating the World from Water


You probably already know that about 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, but did you know you can make an entirely new one from just one drop? Ok, to be fair, it’s only an upside down reflection of the world as portrayed on a map, but, still, I doubt any of us has the talent or patience to recreate these brilliant photos by a photographer Markus Reugels.

Even with all his experience shooting water drops, Reugels still takes hours to complete each shoot because no mater how much practice and talent you have under your belt, capturing a water drop at the perfect moment still relies on luck more than anything else.

Fortunately, with a lot of time on his hand, a little luck and a world map, a simple photograph of a water droplet can easily become something more – easily taking on a deeper meaning, even preaching the importance of clean water to the health of our planet.

In Reugels workshop, even the moon, an object that we see on a regular basis, can suddenly become crystal-clear and even more stunning than it is while hovering above the night sky.

Of course, Reugels didn’t start off shooting water drops. He was originally a family portrait photographer, but three years ago he decided he wanted to try his hand at something more challenging -something he certainly managed well.

When it comes to his process, even Reugels admits that it is exceptionally difficult, “Sometimes I take 500 pictures and only a couple of them are really perfect in my opinion.”

As for how he does it, well, his set up is actually quite similar (albeit much more professional) to the photographer who created the M.C. Escher water drop image last year. With a handmade wooden rig that both holds the water dropper and the backdrop that will show up in the droplet, Reugels stands behind his camera, poised to get the perfect shot -even after multiple failures.

“There are so many factors who will influence the result – the viscosity of the water ,the height of the drops, the nozzle size even the temperature of the water,” he says.

As someone with little patience, I highly commend this wonderful photographer, not only for his ingenuity, but for the dedication it takes to shoot something that requires such precision. Mr. Reugels, my hat goes off to you.

  • Chickadee

    Amazing! It must have taken him a long time to complete all these.
    But his political map is missing South Sudan.

    • JohnnyO

      So you blame him for liquid political boundaries in an area of the world where they change weekly?
      Thou shalt not miss the point…

  • JacLan

    Cool indeed!

  • erin8ball

    how is this an illsion?

    • Steve

      How do you spell illusion?

    • Gelo

      Because its not a real globe; just a water droplet.

  • hi

    really cool

  • z2d4th


  • Guy

    Awesome (who cares about first?)

  • Ingrid


  • KMR

    pretty cool…

  • owen

    (first comment too, i think)

  • Stawolf1001

    those are awesome

  • General CATacus


    I want one. (A water drop. impossible to get one, tho. o well. Must b cogent copy-pasting images.)

  • breandan

    He has more patience than I do. His work is so beautiful.

  • Sakura

    Wow! That is very creative! It must have taken them a long time to do!!

  • shelby

    cool like the moon

  • Peter Howe

    Refraction, not reflection. Very nice images though!

  • Care Bear

    Now how cool is that!

  • Austin


  • guemes bill

    Too Cool!!

  • David Bethke

    Reminds me of this: [img][/img]

    • denise

      this is beautiful!! Is it possible that you would email me this photo so I can save & share it?

  • eee efff geee

    AMAZING! just imagine the patience it must of taken to set this up.

  • Wow, Very nice post.

  • denise

    I think these are some of the most creative, beautiful pic., I’ve seen, I saved them to my cell & use them for the lock screen, I’ve also shared them in a few different spots., I saw a similar pic with a water drop infront of a flower & live that too, but my favourite are yours, such a great idea utilizing water like that, very impressive.

    • David Bethke


      I can’t seem to get your contact info from here. Send me an e-mail and I’ll get that picture to you.

  • You know if you look closely at the last picture there is another illusion :) I know it might just be me but if you first look at the picture the box on the far right is not there at first, but then all of a sudden it appears. Again it might just be me but I thought it was cool :)

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