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Splash! 20 People Respond Hilariously While Getting Doused in the Face with Water

Getting splashed with water can be up there with the sound of a balloon popping or nails down a chalkboard — a startling and unpleasant sensory overload.

Sure, if you’re a kid, splashing around in a pool or the bath is a riot. But otherwise, getting splashed usually just means you’re soaking wet and probably when you least want to be.

That’s kind of what makes the David Wile and April Maciborka photo series Splash that much funnier and artful. Set against a black backdrop, the reactions of adults and children (and dogs and kangaroos) are captured the moment they’re sprayed, splashed and otherwise dumped on with water.

The water drops sparkle and the people are simply awkward and purely delighted (although maybe not so much the kangaroo). It probably helps that the subjects knew what was coming, thereby eliminating the element of surprise and allowing them to enjoy the moment in which they’re rendered sopping wet. The photos are a child-like reminder that not all childhood antics are just for children.

Take a look:

  • Splash! 1 of 19
    COVER1
  • Sop 2 of 19
    2022

    The deeper the waters are, the more still they run.
    — Korean Proverb

  • Spatter 3 of 19
    56

    "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him participate in synchronized diving."
    ― Cuthbert Soup

  • Plunge 4 of 19
    1725

    "Water is sufficient...the spirit moves over water."
    ― Friedrich Nietzsche

  • Drench 5 of 19
    84

    "Always be like a water. Float in the times of pain or dance like waves along the wind which touches its surface."
    ― Santosh Kalwar

  • Plash 6 of 19
    1827

    "Where the waters do agree, it is quite wonderful the relief they give."
    ― Jane Austen

  • Moisten 7 of 19
    1923

    "Beauty soaks reality as water fills a rag."
    ― Chet Raymo

  • Shower 8 of 19
    1624

    "Water is nothing if not ingemination, an encore to the tenacity of life."
    ― Terry Tempest Williams

  • Bespatter 9 of 19
    1223

    "The pale water which goes away along paths of silence."
    ― Georges Rodenbach

  • Squirt 10 of 19
    1125

    "Dip him in the river who loves water."
    ― William Blake

  • Sprinkle 11 of 19
    1030

    "Life in us is like the water in a river."
    ― Henry David Thoreau

  • Spray 12 of 19
    94

    "We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. "
    ― Thomas Fuller

  • Soak 13 of 19
    65

    "In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence."
    ― Kahlil Gibran

  • Slosh 14 of 19
    74

    "The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness."
    ― Joseph Conrad

  • Bathe 15 of 19
    1530

    We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.
    — Jacques Cousteau

  • Drown 16 of 19
    45

    "Water is the driving force in nature."
    ― Leonardo da Vinci

  • Paddle 17 of 19
    36

    "Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container."
    ― Wallace Stevens

  • Strew 18 of 19
    230

    "It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things."
    ― Nicholas Sparks

  • Dabble 19 of 19
    160

    "The cure for anything is salt water - tears, sweat, or the sea."

    ― Isak Dinesen

 

All images used with permission from David Wile and April Maciborka

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