"I'm used to taking action photos, so I wanted to try to capture that action in a painting," he says. "What I find very interesting in sports photography is that you can't plan the perfect shot – you have to react. Similarly, you can plan what to paint or you can compose a picture, but there is always a certain amount of uncertainty – especially when you're splattering paint."
Before taking his idea to a live audience, Robert tested his splatter painting concept at home. "I covered nearly my whole living room with painter's foil material and then used soup cans – a little homage to Andy Warhol – as a monopod for the light barrier," he says. He diluted the acrylic paint so it splattered with the consistency of milk, forming large streams and droplets.
"First I think, where do I want to splatter the paint? That's where I position the light barrier and then I aim the paint at it. The light barrier is connected to the camera and when the paint breaks through the barrier, the camera is triggered at the same time as the flash. I was very glad that I tried it at home first because it took 10 or more attempts to get the light barrier and the camera set up correctly. There was quite a lot of trial and error."