Saturday, June 30, 2012
Take a Trip into the Blue
Posted by Imogen Brooks
The nature of water, with its fluidity and ability to magically filter light in ever-changing ways, makes it a subject that is full of endless photographic and artistic potential. Here is the stunning work of two talented individuals who have found inspiration in this vital element for their creative endeavours.
Elena Kalis – undersea make-believe
Elena Kalis’ experimentation with underwater photography results in images that are so ethereal and mythical that it is hard to envisage the technical or practical preparation that went into their creation.
Shooting in The Bahamas, the crystal clear water could easily be mistaken for that of a swimming pool were it not for the glimpses of golden sand throughout her work. Her human subjects, usually women or children, curl, coil and seemingly soar through the water, looking much like mermaids inhabiting a fantasy world of every tone of blue imaginable.
One project, titled ‘Alice in Waterland’ is particularly captivating; the exquisite turquoise backdrop to this aquatic re-enactment of such a well-loved tale lends a fantastical edge and visual brilliance that would enthral the imagination of anyone!
Troy Carney – golden waves (literally!)
Troy Carney has been painting all his life, having been brought up in New Zealand by his artist mother and step-father who shaped surfboards for a living. Now residing long-term in Kauai, Hawaii, it is clear that the magnificence of this small island’s shores have had been Carney’s main source of creative inspiration.
Carney uses materials such as white and yellow gold as his medium and then applies them to a canvas of wooden bas-relief to create radiant depictions of ripping, rippling ocean waves and sublime Hawaiian coastlines. His artwork often resembles the time-honoured artwork of other countries such as Japan although the colour palette remains unique to his application of unusual natural materials. In fact, the organic nature of his work itself beautifully evokes the natural splendour and vitality of the sea.
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