The blues and azures of water in ethereal light. Bubbles bursting through liquid yet trapped seemingly eternally in time. The glassmaker's art caught on camera.

Of course, in reality, these are macro shots of a beautiful glass paperweight; a work of art in its own right.

The trick is to photograph it through its clear glass parts focusing on the bubbles within whilst putting the give away coloured glass inserts out of of focus to give the impression of movement to what is after all a static scene.

Strong directional light is essential in supporting this illusion, illuminating the gorgeous tonal colours, bringing definition to the shapes and adding depth.

You can almost hear the bubbling, burbling sounds as the air breaks through the liquid, except none of it is real. It is indeed the work of a glass makers art frozen in time, though interpreted through the lens of a macro photographer.