I began my nightly practice of photographing bubbles in the summer of 2020. I use an ordinary toy bubble wand with a giant bubble solution (a mix of water, Joy® brand dishwashing soap, and J-Lube™ brand powdered lubricant), and no special lighting or equipment other than an on-camera flash.
I typically blow bubbles in a narrow area of my backyard with a view of the night sky. Each night, I aim to take one hundred photographs, then edit them down to a small handful that meet or exceed my criteria. Over a longer period of time, I further select the best of the best, give them titles, note the time and date the bubble was created, and release them as prints. “Game Piece,” photographed on September 9, 2021 at 10:19 PM, was one of my top 12 images of 2021.
Emily Wick is an artist living and working in Oakland, California. Her work has been featured in KQED Arts (“When Everything Feels Backwards, Emily Wick Raises a New Flag“) and The Guardian (“Mapping Out the American Dream“). She has shown at galleries throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and at film festivals nationwide. She has been an artist in residence at the Morris Graves Foundation and Beechwood Arts Center, and ran the Oakland art space Smokey’s Tangle from 2009 to 2018.
Emily writes illustrated essays exploring how altering sensory input can reveal new worlds hidden in plain sight. She has been working on a series of photographs of soap bubbles at night for the past year and a half.