These images aren’t mean to be hyper realistic representations of the underwater world, but rather impressions of the environments below, designed to trigger emotional responses towards the unknown aspects of the deep. The image above for example, a swirling blue vortex, is aimed to depict not only the unknown in the deep but also a fear of drowning. After talking to many who share this fear, I’ve been told that its not a fear of drowning itself, but rather of the power and vastness of the ocean. This image was made to show the ocean’s seeming endless depths, and the fear of succumbing to them.
The image above, painted using wet acrylic ink on water, depicts a kelp forest. As these forests are unfamiliar in nature to most, I figured that in order to give the viewer a good sense of unfamiliarity and the unknown, this would serve. Using lighting and depth, this image is aimed to unsettle the viewer, obscurity being the trigger that should make the viewer feel like they are gazing into an alien world.
The next images are designed to explore an additional perspective from underwater. Its rather surreal looking up along the soles of a reef into the light penetrating into the deep below.
The images are arranged in such a way as to show the progression in rising out of the depths. Its aimed to be symbolic, in the sense that you start out by recognising the fear of drowning, and rising up out of your fears until you’re able to see the light penetrating through the water, symbolic of overcoming these fears. The fear of the unknown is also something that I’d like to bring across with these pieces. By using depth and lighting, I’ve tried my best to recreate what I’ve seen underwater, using tonality to recreate lighting and depth perception as I’ve seen it, but also keeping in line with scientific factors such as the behaviour of the colour spectrum below the surface. There are still many things to be discovered in our oceans, as we’ve only really broken the surface of underwater exploration.