One freezing morning in December, as Angela Kelly waited for the bus in Arlington, Wash. with her 7-year-old son Connor, they decided to blow bubbles.
The bubbles started to freeze and crystalize when they hit the air. "I had often wondered if it was possible for bubbles to freeze, and upon hearing that we were due for an arctic blast decided that it would be a perfect time to test out my theory," Kelly said.
Kelly photographed the bubbles over a couple of freezing days when temperatures ranged from 16 to 9 degrees.
"We found that the hood and windshield of my car as well as a large patio table worked the best and provided the best opportunity to watch as they froze from different angles," Kelly explains, of their technique.
"We quickly realized that using a mostly shady area was necessary in order to get the bubbles to freeze in their entirety, and conversely, using a partly sunny area allowed the bubbles to only partially freeze along the bottoms up to about the mid-point of the bubble."
"We wanted to see them in all different stages: frozen completely, half-frozen and only partially frozen."
A group of half-frozen bubbles are warmed by sunlight.
"Bubbles are such whimsical and fantastical things," Kelly said. "Everyone knows what they are; they have all seen them, played with them, and enjoyed them but rarely in this form."
Bubbles freeze different ways for a variety of beautiful shapes.
"I am often asked what inspired me to do a particular series or what I hoped to convey in my work and my answer is always the same," Kelly said. "I love being able to show others something that they have perhaps taken for granted and walked by too quickly to notice before."
"I hope that in sharing my work, it will help others to change their perspective and take the time to enjoy and savor the beauty around them in the most unfamiliar or surprising ways possible."
"I hope that viewers, when seeing this, are reminded that one is never too old to stop and enjoy the incredible beauty that is around them if they only look and to encourage their children to do the same," Kelly said.
"Simply put," she added, "I want to encourage others to slow down and appreciate the little things."