No Camera Was Used To Create These Unbelievable Photos of Rain

By Michael Hession on at

Rain isn't the weather condition that photographers generally hope for. But if you knew how to take marvelous pictures like this, you would be doing rain dances on the reg.

Klea McKenna spent many nights in the rain learning how to capture the water droplets in just the right way—and without a camera. These are photograms, created with nothing but photo-paper, light, and rain. Instead of a lens focusing light on a frame of film, or digital sensor, a photogram exposes a bare sheet of photo-sensitive paper to light, with objects or materials blocking parts of the paper and thus forming shapes and tones based on transparency.

The results, in this case, are pretty magnificent:

McKenna is a bit protective of her process, understandably so. If you came up with a way to freeze the elements with such dynamism and beauty, you'd probably rather to keep the magic to yourself, too. Besides, the mystery actually adds to the enjoyment, and gives us a chance to speculate in the discussion below.

Meanwhile, check out more of McKenna's amazing work here.

All images courtesy Klea McKenna