These have been circulating for a while, with various plants in the spotlight, but this stunning combination of paint and electrically charged film is too much not to post once more. —MN
This is what it looks like to shock flowers with 80,000 volts. In this odd but old photographic technique (called Kirlian photography), the object is placed over photographic film over a metal plate. When the extreme voltages are applied, the air surrounding the flower is ionized, leaving a ghostly electric image on the film. The remainder of the colorful image is hand-painted later.
Check out Robert Buelteman’s gallery for more shockingly ethereal flowers.